Schiel surprises with All-American finish at Div. II Nationals

Redshirt freshman Mckenzie Scheil earned All-American honors for Wayne State Thursday with a seventh-place finish in the hammer throw to highlight the Wildcats’ effort at the first day of the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas.

Scheil, who went into the women’s hammer throw with the 17th best mark in the country, earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish of 182 feet, 10 inches, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that a Wayne State women’s thrower has earned All-American honors.

Scheil just barely made the finals, as her best preliminary mark of 177-9 was good for the ninth and final spot in the finals. On her first attempt in the finals, she hit her best throw and moved into a three-way tie for fifth place with two other throwers. She finished in seventh after ties were broken using the second-best throws of the day.

In men’s action, three WIldcat men competed, two of them in the hammer throw.

Dylan Kaup and Cade Kalkowski both competed in the preliminaries Thursday afternoon, with neither advancing to the finals. Kaup, a junior, had a best mark of 190-4 to finish 14th in the 24-man field in his national debut, while the sophomore Kalkowski was 21st with a best mark of 181-4 in his second trip to nationals.

Senior Robert Sullivan was in contention for All-American status after the first day of the decathlon before an injury forced him to withdraw from the competition. He was in ninth place after three events with 2,168 points, placing 10th in the 100-meter dash (11.39), 10th in the long jump (22-2 1/2) and fifth in the shot put (38-1 1/4) before suffering his injury in the high jump.

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