WAYNE – Junior Michaela Dendinger and junior Brady Metz of the Wayne State College women’s and men’s outdoor track & field team received All-Region Honors.
Tuesday, the two field athletes were awarded the honors from the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association).
Dendinger, a graduate of Hartington Public High School was crowned with three All-Region honors. She had the top mark in the Central Region in the shot put and hammer throw along with the second-best mark in the discus. To qualify for All-Region honors, an athlete has to place in the top five of his/her respective event.
Dendinger led the Central Region in the shot put at 53’ 10 ¾” and the hammer throw at 208’ 5” (both thrown at the NSIC Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota) and was second in the region in the discus at 172’ 10” thrown at the Concordia Invite April 7th.
The marks in all three events are NCAA automatic qualifying marks. Dendinger currently ranks second in NCAA Division II in the shot put and hammer throw and fifth nationally in the discus.
Metz, a graduate from Grand Island High School, placed fourth in the triple jump at last weekend’s NSIC Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota. His mark of 49’ 5 ¾” was good enough for a new school record and was the fifth best jump in the Central Region.
The mark broke a 29-year-old school record at Wayne State and was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.