Four Signed To Wildcat Track And Field Team
Posted: 07 February, 2013
WAYNE - Wayne State College head track and field coach Marlon Brink announced yesterday that four student athletes have signed national letters of intent to continue their track and field careers and attend Wayne State College in the 2013-14 academic year. Signing with the Wildcats today were Michaela Dendinger of Coleridge, Nebraska, Andrea DeSimone of Plattsmouth, Nebraska and Derek Lahm and Joseph Warth of Columbus, Nebraska.
“I’m pleased with the student-athletes we signed today,” remarked 13-year WSC head coach Marlon Brink. “They are all great students, as well as athletes, which is something we have prided ourselves on having in our program at Wayne State College. I believe all of our signees will be able to make an immediate impact on our team.”
Michaela Dendinger is a thrower from Hartington High School. Last season as a junior, she placed third in the Class D discus with a mark of 121’ 3” and was also a state qualifier in the shot put. Dendinger also placed at state in the discus as a sophomore in 2001 finishing eighth at 110’ 0”. She also excels in volleyball where she is a two time All-Lewis and Clark Conference selection for the Wildcats and holds school records for most points and kills in a season and career.
“Michaela will bring a lot of natural athletic ability to our team,” said Brink. “She is a great all-around athlete who will focus on the discus and weight/hammer throw. Michaela will hopefully make her own mark in a long line of successful throwers that we have had at Wayne State.”
Andrea DeSimone is a distance runner from Plattsmouth High School who will compete in cross country and track and field at Wayne State College. She is a three year state cross country qualifier and helped Plattsmouth to a second place finish in Class B last fall placing 26th overall with a time of 16:19. DeSimone is a three year letter winner in both cross country and track and field at Plattsmouth High School and has earned Academic All-State and All-Eastern Midlands Conference honors in the classroom.
“Andrea is a solid cross country runner who I think has the experience and determination to help our women’s team immediately,” commented Brink. “She comes to us from a solid program so I know that he has a good understanding of the sport and the commitment that it takes to succeed. On the track, I believe she will help us in the long distance events such as the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs.”
Derek Lahm is a three sport standout at Columbus Scotus High School where he is a three year starter in football, basketball and track and field. In track and field, Lahm is a standout triple jumper where he has placed at state the last two seasons. He was seventh in Class B last year (42’ 9 ½”) and eighth as a sophomore in 2011 (42’ 2 ½”). Lahm has also qualified for state track in the long jump and 800 meter run. In football, Lahm was an All-District and All-Centennial Conference selection at punter and was honorable mention All-Centennial Conference in basketball last season as a junior. He is also a six-time Academic All-State selection between the three sports he competes in at Columbus Scotus.
“Derek will be a great addition to our men’s team,” said Brink. “He is an outstanding all-around athlete and his father is a WSC track and field alum. Derek is also a tremendous student in the classroom and received the Neihardt Scholarship at WSC, our best academic scholarship.”
Joe Warth is a thrower from Columbus Scotus High School. He is a three year letter winner in track and field and helped the Shamrocks win a district title last season as a junior. Warth was a Class B state qualifier last spring in the discus and shot put and was a state qualifier in the shot put in 2011 as a sophomore. His personal best marks are 48’ 11 ½” in the shot put and 153’ 5” in the discus. Warth was also voted most improved athlete in track and field as a sophomore in 2011.
“Joe has had some success at the high school level but we feel he really has some untapped potential yet to develop in both the shot put and weight/hammer throws,” stated Coach Brink. “He has a nice size frame for a thrower and we believe he is going to get stronger with our lifting program and greatly help his development.”
Wayne State College is an NCAA Division II school located in Wayne, Nebraska and competes in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.