Men lead NSIC Indoors on first day, Dendinger wins weight throw
Wayne State is the team leader in the men’s division with 42 points and Michaela Dendinger won the weight throw with a new school mark during the opening day of the 2018 Northern Sun Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Myers Fieldhouse in Mankato, Minn.
The Wildcat men scored 19 points in the long jump and another 18 points in the heptathlon to take the team lead on the first day. Minnesota State is second with 37.5 followed by Minnesota Duluth (32), Sioux Falls (31) and MSU Moorhead (26) rounding out the top five teams.
Senior Derek Lahm posted a first-place finish in the long jump, matching a season-best mark of 23 feet, 8 1/2 inches to earn a conference championship for the Wildcats. Senior teammate Brady Metz took fourth (23-0) and junior Robert Sullivan placed fifth (22-7 3/4) to give Wayne State 19 points scored in the event.
Other points scored by the Wildcats on Friday included Sullivan taking sixth in the high jump at 6-5 while Richard Sweeney recorded a seventh-place finish in the weight throw at 54-7 1/4.
In track prelims, Sullivan advanced to Saturday’s finals in the 60-meter hurdles with the third-best qualifying time of 8.33 seconds while teammate Habib Jallow was seventh-fastest at 8.40 seconds.
Junior Clay Kramper posted the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the 200-meter dash, advancing to Saturday’s final in 22.15 seconds, while senior Braxton Adams qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.00 seconds for the No. 8 qualifying spot.
Other points already scored by the Wildcats came from Sullivan and Lahm, who two weeks ago placed first and second, respectively, in the heptathlon. Sullivan won the event with a new school record point total of 5,202 points with Lahm right behind in second with 5,063 points. Both were NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
In women’s action, Dendinger posted a top throw of 65-6 to win the weight throw for a new school record and an NCAA provisional qualifying mark that now ranks as the second-best throw in NCAA Div. II. The old school record of 64-5 1/4 was set by former Wildcat standout Carly Fehringer on March 7, 2013
Senior Tessa Ives finished 12th in the weight throw at 49-1 with freshman Jadin Wagner right behind in 13th (48-9 1/2).
In track prelims, senior Mary Alderson qualified for Saturday’s final in the 600-meter dash with the sixth-fastest qualifying time of 1:39.27. Junior Joan Jelimo missed finals in the event by .20, taking ninth overall at 1:39.77.
As a team, Wayne State is tied for ninth place with 10 points after one day of competition. Minnesota State is the team leader with 36.5 points followed by the University of Mary in second with 33.
The Northern Sun Conference Championships will conclude on Saturday with field events starting at 11 a.m. and running finals starting at 1 p.m.