WSC men finish eighth in NSIC track and field championships

The Wayne State men’s track and field team placed eighth with 53 points to highlight the Wildcat effort at the 2019 Northern Sun Conference Outdoor Championships held in Duluth, Minn.

The Wildcat men finished with two NSIC champions and three other athletes that earned All-NSIC honors with a top-three finish in their respective event, while the Wildcat women tied for 14th in the team race with 14 points and one All-NSIC performance.

Minnesota State cruised to the men’s team title for an eighth straight year with 219 points followed by the University of Mary in a distant second at 118 points. In the women's race, the University of Mary was the runaway winner for the women’s team title with 202.5 points, easily ahead of second place Augustana with 117 points.

NSIC champions for the Wildcat men were Robert Sullivan in the decathlon with 6,931 points, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, and Cade Kalkowski taking first in the hammer throw at 192 feet, 2 inches.

Ben Alllen broke a 33-year old school record in the shot put and earned All-NSIC honors with a third-place finish at 54-5 1/4, an NCAA provisional mark. The old school record was held by Randy Ditter at 54-0 in 1986. 

Dylan Kaup earned a third-place finish and All-NSIC honors in the hammer throw with a mark of 185-2, and collected an eighth-place finish in the discus at 155-6. Mikhail Sands received All-NSIC honors with a third-place effort in the long jump at 22-10.

Other top finishers for the Wildcats included  Preston Davis taking fifth in the javelin (176-10), Jayle Hinkle was fifth in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark of 53-2 3/4, Matthew Nemec placed seventh in the hammer throw at 168-0 and Noah Lilly was eighth in the decathlon with a point total of 5,913.

Two Wildcat relay teams also scored points, both taking seventh place. The 400-meter quartet of Alvyns Alcenord, Justin Rohloff, Clay Kramper and Jordan Zautke ran a time of 42.47 while the 1,600-meter team of Kyle Lowe, Nathan Pearson, Bryce Holcomb and Preston Davis recorded a time of 3:24.16.

In women's action, Kenzie Sullivan earned All-NSIC honors with a third-place finish in the discus Saturday with a mark of 154-1 to go with her seventh-place finish Friday in the shot put at 45-6 1/4.

Jordyn Pester collected a fourth-place finish Saturday in the 400-meter dash finals with a time of 56.27 seconds, and Tia Jones placed eighth in the hammer throw at 161-3.

The Wayne Herald

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