WSC women’s track and field adds three

Wayne State College track and field coach Marlon Brink announced that three additional student athletes have announced their commitment to attend Wayne State and compete for the Wildcat women’s track and field team in the 2020-21 academic year.

Megan Hansen is a hurdler from South Sioux City High School where she was a three-year starter in track and field and volleyball. She was the 2019 Class B State champion in the 100-meter hurdles as a junior in 15.00 seconds and was also a state qualifier in the 300 hurdles and 400-meter relay. As a sophomore, Hansen was a Class A state qualifier in the 100 hurdles and as a freshman qualified in the 1600-meter relay. Hansen was an All-River Cities Conference selection in track and field as a sophomore and junior and holds school records in the 100 hurdles and 400-meter relay.

“Megan will be a great addition to the hurdles and sprint events on our teams,” Brink said. “She had an excellent junior year with great consistency and competitiveness. Winning a state title shows her desire to compete at a high level and I am excited to see what she can do at the college level and the impact she will make on our team.”

Emily Smollen is a jumper/sprinter from Grand Island Northwest High School where she was a three-year letterwinner in track and field. She was a 2019 Class B state qualifier in the triple jump and 400-meter relay and was the 2019 Central Conference triple jump champion while helping her team win a conference title. Smollen holds a personal best mark of 35 fee, 3 1/2 inches in the triple jump and is an honor roll student.

“Emily will give us some more strength in the triple jump and short sprint events,” said Brink. “We feel like she has the potential to continue her upward improvements with a year-round training program and has proven her ability to compete well.”

Brooke Solomon is a distance runner from Yankton High School in South Dakota who will compete in both cross country and track and field for the Wildcats. She was a four-year letterwinner in both sports, starting her high school career at South Sioux City.

“Brooke battled some illness issues in her senior season and was not able to reach her full potential in cross country,” remarked Brink. “She likes to run the longer distances and I think with some increases in her mileage will see some big improvements.”

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