WAYNE – Great news just keeps coming for Michaela Dendinger of Wayne State College, as she was named the NSIC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.
Announced Wednesday afternoon by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota, voting was done by league coaches.
Dendinger was named the NSIC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week all six times during the regular season. She currently holds NCAA automatic qualifying marks in all three events and ranks second in NCAA Division II in the shot put and hammer throw and is fifth in the discus. Dendinger will represent Wayne State in the discus, hammer throw and shot put at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships May 25-27 in Bradenton, Florida.
This marks the fourth time in the last six years that a Wayne State athlete has received NSIC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year Honors. Paige Pollard won the award in 2012 followed by Sara Wells winning it in 2014 and 2015.
Dendinger was also named to the 2017 NSIC Women’s All-Conference Performers list. She had the top throw in the league for shot put (53’ 10 ¼”), discus (157’ 8”) and hammer throw (208’ 5”).
Two Wayne State men were named to the 2017 NSIC Men’s All-Conference Performers list as well.
Sophomore Robert Sullivan had the third best result in both the long jump (23’ 5 ½”) and decathlon (6,369). Sophomore Matthew Nemec finished third in the league for the hammer throw (175’ 10”).