Cleet Wrzesinski, a sophomore at Dickinson State, was named an All-American for the fourth time in his short collegiate athletics career, finishing third in the decathlon at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. on Friday, May 24.
The Baker, Mont. graduate accumulated 6,888 points through the 10 events, 192 points behind the winner. Wrzesinski was the victor in both the long jump, with a leap of 7.01 meters, and the 110-meter hurdles, with a time of 14.69 seconds. He also earned second in the high jump, clearing 1.93 meters, placed second in the 400 with a time of 49.99, and took third in the 100-meter dash, crossing the line in 11.08.
He finished sixth in javelin, seventh in the 1,500, eighth in pole vault, 11th in the shot put and 12th in discus.
DP: Where are you from and why did you choose Dickinson State?
CW: "So, I graduated in Baker, Mont., but we kind of lived all over the place growing up. I chose Dickinson State because I really like the coaching staff and the athletic programs they have here and they have a good teaching program too."
DP: What does it mean to be a four-time All-American as just a sophomore?
CW: "Being a four-time All-American as a sophomore, I don't know, it just kind of gives me motivation to continue to work to get better and try to get All-American again for these upcoming years."
DP: In the (indoor) heptathlon and (outdoor) decathlon, how do you maintain the same level of performance?
CW: "I think it's just training, keeping in shape, working on my events, like the ones that carry over. Then training for javelin and stuff, for the events that don't carry over."
DP: Do you think there's a future for you in track and field outside of college?
CW: "I haven't really thought about that too much. I just want to compete and do my best right now, in the level that I'm at."
DP: What is the most difficult part of being a dual-sport athlete?
CW: "I think one of the most difficult parts is staying on top of football, the game itself, like studying plays. Then, just spending time with the team. It's split up between two different events."
DP: What are your plans for the summer?
CW: "I plan to lift and I spray weeds for the county here, so working there and then maybe going to the lake a few times, just enjoy myself."
DP: If you had to vacation one spot for the rest of your life, where would it be?
CW: "If I had to vacation one spot, it'd probably be, Thailand."
DP: What is your spirit animal?
CW: "My spirit animal is probably a dog."
DP: What type of dog?
CW: "A French bulldog."
DP: Snapchat or Instagram?
DP: Coke or Pepsi?
DP: Country or Hip-hop?
DP: Who or what is your biggest inspiration to succeed?
CW: "I'd say my biggest inspirations to succeed are my parents. I know they were super good athletes in college and they're always pushing me to succeed myself."