Dendinger Looking To Wrap-Up Junior Campaign With Three Top Marks At Nationals

Dendinger Looking To Wrap-Up Junior Campaign With Three Top Marks At Nationals
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics

WAYNE – On the same day Wayne State College’s Michaela Dendinger was named to the All-Region Team, she officially found out she’ll be making her way to Nationals.

The six-time weekly NSIC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week, junior Michaela Dendinger has qualified in three events for the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The event will take place Thursday, May 25 – Saturday, May 27 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida hosted by the University of Tampa.

A graduate of Hartington Public High School (Coleridge), Dendinger will represent Wayne State College in the discus, hammer throw and shot put with NCAA automatic qualifying marks in all three events.

Dendinger will compete in the hammer throw on Thursday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m. Central Time. She enters the national meet ranked second in the event with a top mark of 208’ 5” set at the NSIC Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota May 12th. It was a new WSC school and NSIC meet record.

This marks the third time in her career of being a national qualifier in the discus, that will take place on Friday, May 26th at 1 p.m. Central Time. She is ranked fifth in NCAA Division II in the event with a top mark of 172’ 10” at the Concordia Invite in Seward on April 7th. Dendinger was an All-American in the discus in 2015 as a sophomore placing second at 178’ 3”, a school record she still holds.

Dendinger will conclude nationals in the shot put on Saturday, May 27th at 12:15 p.m. Central Time. She is ranked second in NCAA Division II in the event with a top mark of 53’ 10 ¼” that was good for first place at the NSIC Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 12th. Dendinger earned All-American honors in the event during the 2015 season with a seventh-place finish (49 5 ¾”).

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