Wayne State qualifies five for Div. II Nationals

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Wayne State College will send four athletes in five events to the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, set for May 26-28 at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

On the men’s side, Cole Christoffersen and Dylan Kneifl earned trips to nationals in the hammer throw and high jump, respectively. Graduate student Mckenzie Scheil will compete in the shot put and hammer throw for the second straight year, while junior Brooklynn Chipps qualified in the hammer throw.

Christoffersen, a graduate student from Lyons, is a national qualifier in the hammer throw. He posted a season-best mark of 200 feet, 7 inches at the South Dakota Challenge April 21 and has the 14th-best mark in NCAA Div. II this season. He is coming off a second-place finish (189-5) at last weekend’s NSIC Championships and will compete in the event on Thursday, March 26 at 11:30 a.m. It’s his first time as an NCAA outdoor qualifier and second qualifying trip in his career, including an appearance in the 2021 indoor nationals.

Kneifl, a sophomore from Pilger, is a first-time national qualifier in the high jump after setting a new school record, clearing 6-11 1/2 at last weekend’s NSIC Championships to place second in the event. He is tied for the 10th-best mark in NCAA Div. II this season and will compete at nationals on Friday, May 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Scheil, a graduate of Fillmore Central, ranks second in NCAA Div. II in the hammer throw with top mark of 201-4 at the Wildcat Classic March 25. She won the hammer throw at last weekend’s NSIC Championships at 184-7 and is a two-time All-American in the event, placing second last year to go with a seventh-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships. Scheil will compete in the hammer throw on Thursday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Scheil is a repeat national qualifier in the shot put, where she posted a season-best mark of 47-5 3/4 at the South Dakota Twilight Meet May 6. She ranks 18th in NCAA Div. II in the event and will compete at nationals on Saturday, May 28 at 10:15 a.m.

Chipps, a junior from Elgin, ranks fourth in NCAA Div. II in the hammer throw after a top mark of 197-11 at the South Dakota Challenge April 21. It’s her first time as a national outdoor qualifier after she made the NCAA Indoor Nationals in March in the weight throw. Chipps will compete in the hammer throw at nationals on Thursday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m.

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