WAYNE – With the NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals approaching for this weekend, Wayne State College senior thrower Michaela Dendinger was named the Central Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.
The announcement came Monday, March 5 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Dendinger, a graduate of Hartington Public HS and native of Coleridge, was the NSIC champion in the shot put and weight throw and ranks first nationally in the shot put and second in the weight throw.
She recorded new school records in both events this year, unleashing a throw of 65’ 6” at the NSIC Indoor Championships last weekend in Mankato, Minnesota to win the event and now rank second in NCAA Division II. Dendinger also won the shot put at the NSIC Championships and set a new school record earlier this year with a heave of 54’ 10 ½” at the Sevigne Husker Invite in Lincoln on February 2nd.
Dendinger is the third Wildcat thrower in the last six years to receive the USTFCCCA Central Region Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, joining Carly Fehringer in 2013 and Sara Wells in 2014 as other Wildcat recipients.
Dendinger will also join junior Robert Sullivan on the men’s side for WSC as NCAA DII Indoor Track and Field Championship qualifiers. Pittsburg State in Kansas will host the Indoor Nationals on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10.
Dendinger will compete in the weight throw on Friday at 4:55 p.m. and in the shot put on Saturday at 5:05 p.m.
Sullivan will take part in the two-day heptathlon starting Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at Noon.