WSC track teams earn academic honors

The Wayne State men’s and women’s track and field teams were recognized for their academic achievements with honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association recently.

For the 13th straight year, the Wayne State women earned the team academic award, finishing with a 3.587 cumulative grade-point average, which ranked third in NCAA Division II. Individuals Michaela Dendinger, Kacie O’Connor, Tia Jones and Jadin Wagner collected individual academic honors.

To qualify for the team academic award, an institution must record a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and individuals must maintain a 3.25 grade-point average and have achieved a provisional or automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor season.

Dendinger, a senior from Coleridge, recorded a 3.66 GPA majoring in biology and earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors for a fourth time. This season, Dendinger was named NSIC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year during the indoor and outdoor seasons and was NCAA National Champion in the hammer throw while earning national runner-up honors in the indoor shot put and weight throw.

O’Connor, a senior from Sundance, Wyo., posted a 3.74 GPA majoring in health and physical education and collected USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for a fourth time. O’Connor was a national qualifier in the discus during the outdoor season.

Jones, a sophomore from Elkhorn, maintained a 3.68 GPA majoring in sport management and political science and is a two-time recipient of the honor. Jones was a national qualifier in the shot put during the outdoor season and was first-tTeam All-NSIC during the indoor season with a second-place finish.

Wagner, a freshman from Lawton, Iowa, recorded a 3.489 GPA in business management and is a first-time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. She earned All-NSIC honors placing second in the shot put during the outdoor season and was a national qualifier and placed fourth in the shot put during the indoor season.

The WSC women’s track and field team placed in the top 20 nationally this season, finishing 16th in both the outdoor and indoor seasons.

For the ninth straight season, the Wayne State men’s track and field team received academic honors, tying for sixth in NCAA Div. II with a cumulative GPA of 3.316. Four individuals – seniors Derek Lahm and Brady Metz, junior Robert Sullivan and sophomore Dylan Kaup – were awarded USTFCCCA Individual All- Academic Awards.

Lahm, a senior from Columbus, had a 3.924 GPA in chemistry/health sciences to win the honor for a third time. Lahm was a national qualifier and NSIC champion in the decathlon during the outdoor season while also winning the long jump. He was a Google Cloud first-team Academic All-American this season, marking the third time in his career to achieve Academic All-American Honors.

Metz, a senior from Grand Island, earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the first time posting a 3.38 GPA majoring in sport management. Metz placed in the long jump and triple jump at both conference meets this season, highlighted by a third place All-NSIC finish in the triple jump during the indoor season.

Sullivan, a junior from Bennington, recorded a 3.26 GPA in exercise science for his first USTFCCCA All-Academic Award. This season Sullivan earned three All-NSIC finishes during the outdoor season and was the NSIC indoor heptathlon champion and national qualifier.

Kaup, a sophomore from Neligh, maintained a 3.75 GPA majoring in Spanish/Physical Education. He posted a fifth place finish in the hammer throw during the outdoor season with a NCAA Provisional mark.

Wayne State College was fourth during the outdoor season and sixth in the indoor season at this year’s Northern Sun Track and Field Championships.

The Wayne Herald

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