WSC’s Chipps is national champ in weight throw


It took a school record throw in the finals, giving Wayne State senior Brooklynn Chipps the national title in the weight throw Friday adfternoon at the 2023 NCAA Div. II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Virginia Beach, Va. 

Chipps had just one mark in prelims with two fouls and was sixth at 62 feet, 9 1/2 inches entering the finals of the weight throw. Her first mark in finals (64-0 1/4) moved her up one spot to fifth, and she followed that with a new personal best and school-record mark of 67-11 to take over first place. That mark stood up as the best of the day, making her the first-ever Wildcat thrower to win a national championship in the weight throw and just the second to win an NCAA indoor national championship, joining Wildcat Hall of Famer Sara Wells Bents, who won the 2015 shot put national title.

Chipps’ winning throw bettered the old school record, set by teammate Mckenzie Scheil at 67-9 3/4 back on Feb. 27, 2021.

Scheil also competed Friday in the weight throw, had three fouls and did not record a mark. It was the fifth straight season that Scheil, a two-time All-American in the weight throw, was a national qualifier in the event.