Wayne State College redshirt freshman Mckenzie Scheil earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish in the hammer throw of 182’ 10” Thursday afternoon at the NCAA Division II Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas. Scheil continues the tradition of Wildcat All-American throwers, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that a Wayne State women’s thrower has collected All-American honors.
Scheil, a graduate of Fillmore Central HS (Fairmont), recorded a top mark in prelims of 177’ 9” to earn the ninth and final qualifying spot entering finals. On her first attempt in finals, Scheil posted a season-best mark of 182’ 10” to move into a three-way tie for fifth place with two other throwers. Scheil ended in seventh place due to tiebreaker rules that saw the other two throwers record better marks on their next best throws.
Scheil entered nationals with the 17th best mark in the country and finished as an All-American in the hammer throw.
Wayne State College had three athletes compete Thursday at the NCAA Division II Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas.
Senior Robert Sullivan began the day competing in the decathlon. The graduate of Omaha Burke High School was in ninth place after three events with 2,168 points when he suffered an injury in the high jump and had to withdraw from competition. Sullivan was 10th in the 100-meter dash (11.39), 10th in the long jump (22’ 2 ½”) and fifth in the shot put (38’ 1 ¼”) before suffering the injury in the fourth event of the day, the high jump.
Dylan Kaup, a junior from Neligh (Neligh-Oakdale HS) and Cade Kalkowski, a sophomore from Niobrara (Niobrara HS), both competed in the men’s hammer throw. Kaup placed 14th out of 24 competitors overall with a top mark of 190’ 4”. He recorded marks of 190’ 3” and 190’ 4” before a foul on his third and final attempt in prelims in his first trip to the national championships in the event.
Kalkowski came in 21st place overall with a top throw of 181’ 4” on his final attempt in prelims after fouling on his first throw followed by a mark of 179’ 9” on his second attempt. It was the second straight year that Kalkowski competed at outdoor nationals in the hammer throw.