OSHKOSH, Wis. - Molly Wiltzius, Nate Hood and Nathan Saliga each set school records for the Michigan Tech track and field teams at the UW-Oshkosh Open Saturday.
Wiltzius provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with a throw of 144 feet, 5 inches in the discus to finish fourth. The Kingsford native broke her own school record in the event by more than five feet and currently ranks 19th in Division II. She also tied the school record in the shot put with a mark of 40-2, good enough for sixth place. The throw beat her previous personal best by nearly two feet. Wiltzius also finished 11th in the hammer throw with a toss of 144-2.
Nate Hood broke the school record in the triple jump by one quarter of an inch with a leap of 46-0 to finish second. He also finished second in the long jump with a mark of 22-1 1/2 to finish second.
Nathan Saliga broke his own school record in the 400-meter hurdles that he set on Thursday by running 54.45 to finish second.
"I am really proud of all three of these student-athletes," said Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller. "These performances are the result of a lot of hard work by these individuals."
The Huskies won four events. Dylan Anderson claimed his second straight win in the 800 with a time of 1:57.11. Quinn Parnell remained undefeated in the sprints this season, winning the 100 in a time of 10.78. Brendan Banker won the high jump with a personal-best leap of 6-4 3/4.
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Tech swept the podium in the 5,000 meters. Jonathon Kilpela won the event in a personal-best time of 15:47.25, Evan Krzyske was second (15:54.63) and Eric Parsell was third (16:00.98).
Other notable performances included Ben Kalis' second in the 110 hurdles in a season-best time of 15.55 and teammate Brendan Banker was fourth in 16.70. Karl Koivisto was second in the men's 1,500 (4:08.79), while a trio of Tech women went 3-4-5 in the women's 1,500. Christina Mishica was third (4:54.44), followed by Anastasia Fokina (4:57.04) and Amanda Halonen (4:59.53).
Jevon Maddox jumped to a third place finish in the triple jump (43-11 3/4) and Natalie Berryman was eighth in the shot put (38-9) with a personal-best throw of 38-9.
Tech had two relay teams finish second. The men's 4x100 team of Quinn Parnell, Tylor Rathsack, Sam McKay and Nate Hood ran a time of 43.50. The men's 4x400 team of Aaron Cedergren, Dylan Anderson, Shawn Shove and Nathan Saliga finished in a time of 3:31.40.
The men's team finished second of six teams and the women were fifth of seven.