The Wayne State College men’s track and field team placed eighth with 53 points at the 2019 Northern Sun Conference Outdoor Championships held in Duluth, Minnesota. The Wildcats finished with two NSIC champions and three other athletes that earned All-NSIC honors with a top three finish in their respective event.
Minnesota State cruised to the men’s team title for an eighth straight year with 219 points followed by the University of Mary in a distant second at 118 points. Augustana was third with 90 points followed by Sioux Falls (78) and MSU Moorhead (67) in the top five. Northern State (59) and Minnesota Duluth (55) finished just ahead of Wayne State (53 points) for sixth and seventh respectively.
Concordia-St. Paul (52), Southwest Minnesota State (18) and Minot State (9) rounded out the team scoring.
NSIC champions for the Wildcats were senior Robert Sullivan in the decathlon with 6,931 points, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, and sophomore Cade Kalkowski taking first in the hammer throw at 192’ 2”.
Sophomore Ben Alllen broke a 33-year old school record in the shot put and earned All-NSIC honors with a third place finish at 54’ 5 ¼”, an NCAA provisional mark. The old school record was held by Randy Ditter at 54’ 0” in 1986.
Junior Dylan Kaup earned a third place finish and All-NSIC honors in the hammer throw with a mark of 185’ 2” and collected an eighth place finish in the discus at 155’ 6”.
Freshman Mikhail Sands received All-NSIC honors with a third place effort in the long jump at 22’ 10”.
Other top finishers for the Wildcats included sophomore Preston Davis taking fifth in the javelin (176’ 10”), Jayle Hinkle was fifth in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark of 53’ 2 ¾”, Matthew Nemec medaled in the hammer throw taking seventh at 168’ 0” and Noah Lilly was eighth in the decathlon with a point total of 5,913.
Two Wildcat relay teams also scored points, both taking seventh place. The 4 x 100 quartet of Alvyns Alcenord, Justin Rohloff, Clay Kramper and Jordan Zautke ran a time of 42.47 while the 4 x 400 team of Kyle Lowe, Nathan Pearson, Bryce Holcomb and Preston Davis recorded a time of 3:24.16.
Kenzie Sullivan earned All-NSIC honors with a third place finish in the discus Saturday for the top Wildcat finish at the 2019 Northern Sun Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Duluth, Minnesota. As a team, Wayne State tied for 14th place with 14 points.
The University of Mary was the runaway winner for the women’s team title with 202.5 points, easily ahead of second place Augustana with 117 points. Minnesota Duluth was third (100) followed by Winona State (77) and Minnesota Duluth fifth with 49 points.
Northern State was sixth at 47.5 points, one point better than Bemidji State. Sioux Falls (43), St. Cloud State (40) and Southwest Minnesota State (20) closed out the top 10 teams.
Sullivan earned her second medal of the conference meet Saturday with a third place finish in the discus at 154’ 1” to go with her seventh place finish Friday in the shot put at 45’ 6 ¼”.
Freshman Jordyn Pester collected a fourth place finish Saturday in the 400-meter dash finals with a time of 56.27 seconds.
Junior Tia Jones also medaled for the Wildcats with an eighth place finish in the hammer throw at 161’ 3”.