WAYNE – As the sports season for Fall of 2017 approaches, more announcements are being made from this past sports season for the Wayne State College women’s and men’s track and field team.
According to a release on Friday from the Wayne State Athletics Office, the Wildcat women’s and men’s track and field team and six Individuals collected USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association) All Academic Awards.
On the women’s side, it marks the 12th straight year WSC has received this award. The Wildcats recorded a cumulative grade point average of 3.547. Individuals include Michaela Dendinger, Tia Jones and Kacie O’Connor who received All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA.
Dendinger, a junior from Coleridge (Hartington HS), posted a 3.636 grade point average majoring in biology this season. She earned three All-American awards in the outdoor season, winning the national title in the shot put while placing second in the hammer throw and sixth in the discus. Dendinger was also a national qualifier in the indoor season in two events, placing 10th in the shot put and weight throw. She ended the year being named CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team.
Jones, a sophomore from Elkhorn (Elkhorn HS), majors in sport management and posted a 3.602 grade point average this season. She placed seventh in the shot put at the NSIC Indoor Championships and was sixth in the outdoor season.
O’Connor, a junior from Sundance, Wyoming (Sundance HS), maintained a 3.694 grade point average majoring in health/physical education K-12. She recorded a fifth-place finish in the discus at the NSIC Outdoor Championships this season.
For the Wildcat men’s track and field team, it marks the eighth consecutive year WSC has earned the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Award. WSC recorded a cumulative grade point average of 3.224 (21st in NCAA DII). Individuals include Antoine Bardou, Derek Lahm and Matthew Nemec who received All-Academic honors.
Bardou, a junior from Saint-Chely-D’apcher, France / Indian Hills CC, carried a 3.31 grade point average majoring in business this year. He was named the NSIC Indoor Newcomer of the Year after winning the 1,000-meter run and placing fourth in the mile run at the NSIC Indoor Championships while setting two new indoor school records – 1,000-meter and one mile runs.
Lahm, a junior from Columbus Scotus Central Catholic HS, recorded a 3.915 grade point average majoring in chemistry and health science. He scored points in three events at NSIC Indoor Championships – third in the heptathlon at 4,970 points, fourth in the long jump (23′ 6 3/4″) and fifth in the triple jump (47′ 3 3/4″) while placing fifth in the outdoor season in the javelin. Lahm was also named CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team for his second Academic All-American honor in three years.
Nemec, a sophomore from Hayward, Minn. (Albert Lea HS), maintained a 3.375 grade point average while majoring in social science education. He placed sixth in the weight throw at the NSIC Indoor Championships and posted a third-place finish for All-NSIC honors during the outdoor season in the hammer throw with a mark of 175’ 10”.
To qualify for the team academic award, an institution must record a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.