Dendinger takes shot, men finish sixth at NSIC Indoors

Wayne State senior throw Michaela Dendinger swept the throwing events and the Wildcat men finished sixth to highlight the Wildcats’ efforts at the Northern Sun Conference Indoor Track and Field championships that concluded Saturday in Mankato, Minn.

Dendinger, who won the weight throw on Friday, completed the sweep of the weight events in leading a 1-2-4 finish in the shot put for the Wildcat women, who placed ninth out of 15 teams with 34 points.

Dendinger won the event with a throw of 49 feet, 10 inches, while sophomore Tia Jones was second at 46-11 and freshman Jadi Wagner finished fourth at 44-7 1/2.

Dendinger’s win came one day after winning the weight throw with a school-record mark of 65-6, breaking the old school standard of 64-5 1/4 set by Carly Fehringer in 2013.

In track finals, senior Mary Alderson finished eighth in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:42.82 to close out scoring for the Wildcats.

University of Mary won the women’s team title with 150 points, followed in the top three by Minnesota State with 123.5 and Augustana with 87.

The Wayne State men led after the first day of the men’s team race and settled on a sixth-place finish in the event held at Myers Fieldhouse.

Senior Derek Lahm posted a first place finish in the long jump, matching a season-best mark of 23-8 1/2 to earn a conference championship for the Wildcats. He also received All-NSIC honors with a second-place finish in the heptathlon with 5,063 points.

Junior Robert Sullivan was Wayne State’s other NSIC champion, winning the heptathlon with a new school record point total of 5,202 points, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. He also placed fifth in the long jump (22-7 3/4), sixth in the high jump (6-5) and took eighth in the 60-meter hurdles finals in 8.46 seconds.

Senior Brady Metz placed in two events, earning All-NSIC honors with a third place finish in the triple jump (47-2 1/2) to go with a fourth-place finish in the long jump (23-0).

Junior Clay Kramper posted a fourth place finish Saturday in the 200-meter dash (22.11) with senior Braxton Adams taking fifth in the 60-meter dash finals in 6.94 seconds.

Habib Jallow claimed a sixth place medal in the 60-meter hurdle finals (8.39) while Jayle Hinkle took eighth place in the shot put at 49-7 1/4.

The Wildcat 1,600-meter relay team of Lahm, Preston Davis, Kramper and Jallow took third place in a time of 3:22.06.

Other points scored by the Wildcats came from Richard Sweeney taking seventh in the weight throw (54-7 1/4).

Minnesota State easily won the NSIC men’s team title with 184.5 points with the University of Mary a distant second at 88 points.

The Wayne Herald

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