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Wisher, Wrzesinski lead Blue Hawks at NAIA national meet

GULF SHORES, Ala. — With a personal-best throw of 147 feet, seven inches, Dickinson State sophomore Alyssa Wisher took third place in the women's javelin at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships on Thursday, May 23, earning All-American status.

Coming into the day, Wisher was ranked seventh of 19 competitors. She was one of 10 Blue Hawks to travel to Gulf Shores, Ala., to compete in the three-day event and one of five to participate on day one.

Sophomore Cleet Wrzesinski sits in second in the decathlon, accumulating 3,742 points through five events. He sits 32 points behind the leader, Pieter Top of Westmont College (Calif.).

Wrzesinski won the long jump with a leap of 7.01 meters, or 23 feet. He finished second in the 400-meter dash in 49.99 seconds and placed second in the high jump, clearing a height of 6-04. The Baker, Mont., native took third in the 100 with a time of 11.08 seconds and finished 11th in the shot put, throwing 35 feet, 1 ¼ inches.

He will wrap up the event with the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1500-meter race on Friday.

Junior Paxton Miller placed 17th among 27 throwers, hitting a mark of 191 feet on his second attempt.

Senior Cain Boschee finished 25th in the 200-meter prelims, not qualifying for the finals. He will run the 100-meter prelims on Friday.

Junior Lexee Craig competed in the women's pole vault, but did not clear a height.

Women's day one results

Javelin: 1, Kati Kneifl, Morningside, 157. 2, Alex Conley, Oregon Tech, 156-6. 3, Alyssa Wisher, DSU, 147-7.

Pole vault: 1, Dana Nemitz, Westmont, 12-5 ½. Lexee Craig, DSU, no height.

Men's day one results

Decathlon: 1, Pieter Top, Westmont, 3774. 2, Cleet Wrzesinski, Dickinson State, 3742. 3, Michael Schmidt, Corban, 3576.

100: 1, Top, W, 10.54. 2, Schmidt, C, 11.06. 3, Wrzesinski, DSU, 11.08.

Long jump: 1, Wrzesinski, DSU, 23-0. 2, Top, W, 21-10. 3, Logan Lamb, Baker, 22-7 ¾.

Shot put: 1, Reagan Shira, Corban, 40-7. 2, Marcus Alvarez, W, 40-6 ¾. 11, Wrzesinski, DSU, 35-1 ¼.

High jump: 1, Levi Sudbeck, Doane, 6-6 ¼. 2, Wrzesinski, DSU, 6-4. 3, Lamb, B, 6-2 ¾.

400: 1, Top, W, 49.56. 2, Wrzesinski, DSU, 49.99. 3, Schmidt, C, 50.79.

200: 1, Kevin Hallmon, Lindsey Wilson, 20.7. 25, Cain Boschee, DSU, 22.13.

Javelin: 1, Jalon Simpson, Olivet Nazarene, 232-11. 17, Paxton Miller, DSU, 191.