ST. PAUL, MN – If not only the six consecutive weeks of being named the NSIC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week wasn’t enough, Michaela Dendinger broke more records and won three events over the weekend.
The 2017 NSIC Outdoor Championships took place at Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Winona State was the overall champion with 134 points, holding off University of Mary for second with 126.5 points, who just edged Minnesota State-Mankato in third with 126 points, Augustana took fourth (87) and Minnesota Duluth rounded out the top five teams (71). Northern State (sixth – 71), MSU Moorhead (seventh – 59) Wayne State College (eighth – 37), St. Cloud State (ninth – 33), Sioux Falls (10th – 32.5), Concordia-St. Paul (11th – 25), Bemidji State (12th – seven), Upper Iowa (13th – five), SMSU (14th – four) and Minot State (15th – one).
The junior from Coleridge, Nebraska (Hartington Public), won two events on Friday and another on Saturday to be crowned the NSIC Higher Point Performer scoring 30 points.
Dendinger won the shot put with a personal-best throw (53’ 10 ¼”), which is now the top throw in NCAA Division II, while also winning the hammer throw with another personal-best mark (208’ 5”). The throw eclipsed the WSC school record set in 2013 by Carly Fehringer (206’ 11”) and NSIC meet record also set by former Wildcat All-American Fehringer in 2013 (203’ 6”).
Other Friday points came from redshirt freshman Tia Jones taking sixth in the shot put (43’ 9 ¾”).
Dendinger then capped-off the weekend on Saturday with a first-place mark in the discus (157’ 8”) as junior Kacie O’Connor came in fifth (138’ 10”).
For the fourth time in the last five years, a Wildcat thrower was the NSIC discus champion. Last year, O’Connor won it while Sara Wells was the NSIC discus champion in both 2013 and 2014.
The top three finishers in each event and the top two relay teams were named to the NSIC Outdoor Track & Field All-Conference team. NSIC Outdoor Track & Field Athletes and Coach of the Year will be announced in the coming week.
The NCAA National Championships will take place on May 25-27 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The entire field for the NCAA Championships will be announced on Tuesday, May 16 on NCAA.com.