Dendinger takes two titles at MSU Open
Wayne State College senior thrower Michaela Dendinger posted wins in the shot put and weight throw to lead the Wildcat women to a sixth-place finish at the Minnesota State Open in Mankato, Minn.
Dendinger led a trio of Wildcat throwers that placed first, second and fifth in the shot put with a winning mark of 51 feet, 2 3/4 inches. Sophomore Tia Jones came in second at 45-6 1/2, a lifetime best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Freshman Jadin Wagner was fifth in the shot put at 41-7.
Dendinger posted her second win of the day in the weight throw with a top throw of 62-7 3/4. Senior Tessa Ives was eighth at 48-5 1/2, with Wagner 12th (47-0 1/4) and freshman Kenzie Sullivan 13th at 45-5 3/4.
Other top finishers for the Wildcat women included Joan Jelimo placing sixth in the 600-meter dash (1:42.46), Hanna Lazure tied for fourth in the high jump clearing 5-0 1/4, and Morgan Shearer came in 10th at 4-8 1/4. The 1,600-meter relay team of Mary Alderson, Jelimo, Sophie Noecker and Allysa Kimpson took eighth with a time of 4:11.87.
Wayne State’s women scored 41.5 points to come in sixth place out of 16 teams in the meet.
The Wayne State men scored 41 points to take sixth out of 10 teams. Senior Brady Metz had the top finish of the day, taking second in the triple jump (44-8 3/4) and fourth in the long jump (22-9 1/2).
Robert Sullivan posted a third place mark in the long jump at 22-11 and Nathan Pearson took fourth in the 600-meter dash at 1:26.40.
Freshman Preston Davis made the finals in the 60-meter hurdles and placed seventh with a time of 9.05 seconds and came in 13th in the 400-meter dash in 52.53 seconds.
Other top 10 finishes for the Wildcats included Dylan Kaup seventh in the weight throw (53-11 1/2), Bryce Holcomb seventh in the 600-meter dash (1:27.22), Jayle Hinkle seventh in the shot put (48-11 3/4), Habib Jallow ninth in the 400-meter dash (51.95) and Richard Sweeney ninth in the weight throw at 53-6 1/2. The 1,600-meter relay quartet of Jallow, Preston Davis, Kyle Lowe and Pearson came in fourth place with a time of 3:29.41.
Wayne State will be at two meets next weekend, with some members of the Wildcat team at the Husker Invite in Lincoln Friday and Saturday while a majority of the team will compete Saturday at the Fred Beile Invite at Doane College in Crete.