WAYNE – Two weeks after adding a handful more athletes to their program, the Wayne State College men’s track and field team will bring in a transfer and high school standout.
Head track and field coach Marlon Brink announced Wednesday afternoon that Benjamin Allen of Ainsworth and Maverick Decker from Glenwood, Iowa will join the Wildcat men’s track and field program for the 2017-18 season.
The Wayne State men’s track and field team is now up to nine athletes for the upcoming school year. Those include Preston Davis from Mondamin, Iowa, Isaac De Los Santos from Scottsbluff, Brock Hegarty of Fremont, Nathan Hiemer of Columbus, Bryce Holcomb from Lincoln, Kyle Lowe of Sibley, Iowa and Dillon Lubischer from Pierce.
Allen signed a tender to attend Wayne State College after competing in football and track and field this past school year at Nebraska Wesleyan. He placed second in the shot put at the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships last month with a top mark of 50’ 2 ¾” and was second at the Nebraska Invitational with a season-best throw of 51’ 8 ½”.
In high school at Ainsworth, Allen was a Class C state qualifier in the shot put all four years and three years in the discus, collecting five state medals. As a senior in 2016, he was fifth in the shot put (53’ 8 ½”) and seventh in the discus (150’ 0”). Allen was fifth in the shot put as a junior (50’ 7 ½”) and was third during his sophomore season (53’ 1 ½”) while also placing eighth in the discus as a sophomore. Allen helped Ainsworth win four straight district titles in high school and placed no worse than eighth at state in Class C as a team.
Decker is a sprinter from Glenwood High School in Iowa where he is a three-sport standout in football, track and field and baseball. In track and field this season, Decker medaled in four events, including a fifth-place finish in the Class 3A 200-meter dash (22.88). He also ran legs on the first-place sprint medley relay team that set a new Iowa state record with a time of 1:33.68 and helped Glenwood to a third place finish in the 4 x 400 meter relay and fourth place medal in the 4 x 200 meter relay. Decker won at least one state medal all four years in high school.
In football, Decker was a two-time Class 3A Iowa Newspaper Association Second Team All-State wide receiver, hauling in 44 catches as a senior for 685 yards and 10 TD’s to go with 40 receptions for 694 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior. Decker is also a two-time All-Conference performer in baseball, batting .402 last season as a junior with 51 hits, 35 runs scored, one homer and 21 RBI.
The Wildcats tied for seventh with 49 points at the 2017 NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships and was third with 69 points at the 2017 NSIC Indoor Championships.