Kalkowski gets All-American honors at Div. II Indoor Nationals

Cade Kalkowski saved his best for last, tossing a personal-best mark on his last attempt in the weight throw to move from ninto to seventh and earn All-American honors Friday  at the NCAA Div. II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kan.

The sophomore from Niobrara posted a top mark of 66 feet, 1 3/4 inches on his second throw of prelims and was the eighth qualifier of nine entering the finals.

After the first throw in finals, Kalkowski slipped to ninth place and was still in ninth entering the third and final throw. That's when he unleashed a personal-best mark of 66-7 3/4 and moved up two spots from ninth to seventh to earn All-American honors.

Kalkowski is the third Wildcat thrower in school history to earn indoor All-American honors in the weight throw, joining Ross Bunchek in 2011 and 2012 and Bryan Dunn in 2016.

Another Wildcat also competed in the weight throw Friday as junior Dylan Kaup finished 18th with a best mark of 60-8 1/2.

Wayne State's third national qualifier, senior Robert Sullivan, began competition in the men's heptathlon and is in 10th place with 2,829 points after four events of competition. Sullivan's best finish Friday came in the shot put, where he was fifth, followed by an eighth place effort in the high jump. The three remaining events in the heptathlon will be contested on Saturday starting at 12 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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