WSC men third, women fifth after first day of NSIC meet
Wayne State is in third place in the men’s division and fifth in the women’s division after the opening day of the 2017 Northern Sun Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.
The story of the day for the Wildcats was Michaela Dendinger, who won the shot put and hammer throw while setting a new NSIC meet and school record in the hammer throw.
She won the shot put Friday morning with a personal-best mark of 53 feet, 10 1/4 inches, which is now the top throw in NCAA Div. II. Later in the day, Dendinger posted another personal-best mark in the hammer throw at 208-5, which eclipses the school record of 206-11 set by Carly Fehringer in 2013 and also eclipsed the NSIC meet record also set by the former Wildcat All-American Fehringer set in 2013 (203-6).
Wayne State’s other points scored Friday came from Tia Jones with a sixth-place finish in the shot put (43-9 3/4).
The Wildcat men scored points in four different events and had three All-NSIC performers on the first day.
Robert Sullivan collected a pair of All-NSIC finishes, taking third in the long jump (23-5 1/2) and another third place in the decathlon with an NCAA provisional mark of 6,369 points. He also qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 110-meter hurdles with the fifth-fastest qualifying time of 14.99 seconds.
Matthew Nemec also earned All-NSIC honors, taking third in the hammer throw at 175-10.
Other Wildcats who scored points Friday included Brady Metz taking fourth in the long jump (23-5 1/2) and Josh Spenner earning a fifth in the pole vault, clearing 15-1 3/4.
Several Wildcats qualified for Saturday’s finals in running events, as Nick Fly had the sixth best qualifying time in the 1,500-meter run at 4:23.38, Habib Jallow was the No. 6 qualifier in the 400-meter intermediate hurdle prelims in 55.10 seconds, and Clay Kramper had the fifth-fastest qualifying time at 21.67 seconds in the 200-meter dash prelims.
The Northern Sun Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships resume Saturday, with field events at 11 a.m. and all running finals beginning at 1 p.m.