GULF SHORES, Ala. — Dickinson State’s Cleet Wrzesinski finished third in the men’s decathlon at the NAIA outdoor track and field championships on Friday.
It’s Wrzesinski’s second consecutive all-American finish in the event at the outdoor championships. He placed eighth last year.
Wrzesinski, a former standout high school athlete at Ennis and Baker, scored 6,888 points, finishing behind Pieter Top of Westmont (7,080 points) and Michael Schmidt of Corban (6,955) at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
Of the 10 events, Wrzesinski won the long jump and 110-meter hurdles. He marked a long jump of 7.01 meters and crossed the finish line in the 110 hurdles in 14.69 seconds. Wrzesinski added top-three finishes in three other events. He was second in the high jump and 400-meter run and third in the 100-meter dash.
A former hurdles and sprints star in high school, Wrzesinski claimed 11 gold medals during his Montana high school career. He was a three-time champion in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and twice won the 200-meter dash. While at Ennis, he set the Class C record in the 300 hurdles (37.9 seconds) and ran on both of the Mustangs’ record-setting relay teams.
Wrzesinski’s younger sister, Wrenzi, is currently a senior at Baker High School and is set to compete collegiately at Dickinson State.