Wayne State senior Michaela Dendinger posted a school-record throw of 212 feet, 3 inches in the hammer throw Thursday to win a national championship at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina.
It’s Dendinger's second national title after she won the outdoor shot put in 2017, and marks her eighth All-America finish in her Wildcat career.
Dendinger also is the defending national champion in the shot put and has the top mark in the country entering Saturday’s competition, and she is ranked sixth in the discus, also Saturday.
NWU jumper places: Trent Koehler earned All-America honors for the Nebraska Wesleyan men's track team with his eighth-place finish in the long jump Thursday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The York graduate had a top jump of 23 feet, 7¼ inches. Koehler had finished seventh in the event at the indoor national championships.
Malik Morris, a Parkview Christian graduate, finished ninth to just miss All-America status.
In women's competition, the Nebraska Wesleyan 4x400 relay team earned a spot in the finals by winning its heat.
The Prairie Wolves quartet, consisting of Anna Frazier, Elizabeth Jones, Aspen Rolfes and Kaylee Jones, finished in 3 minutes, 48.43 seconds, the fifth-fastest time of the day. They will compete in the finals at 4 p.m. Saturday.
NWU's Ellie Beiermann moved into the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase with the ninth-fastest time overall.
Concordia athletes place at NAIA meet: Concordia athletes placed eighth in both the men's and women's hammer throws at the NAIA national championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Jacob Cornelio finished eighth in the men's throw with a top effort of 187-1, giving him all-America status.
Concordia's Cody Williams is in seventh place and Blake Becher in ninth with five events completed in the decathlon.
The Bulldogs' Johanna Ragland took eighth at 168-2, the same distance as teammate Samantha Liermann, but Ragland was awarded eighth (and all-America status) based on the tiebreaker, the second-best throw.