EAST LANSING, Mich. - Before heading home for the Easter holiday, Central Michigan track and field student-athletes turned in solid performances at the unscored Spartan Invitational on Saturday.
"We're continuing to move forward to the overall goals we have for the end of the season at the Mid-American Conference Championships at home this May," director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph said. "We had a lot of positive production this weekend that will help us reach our goals."
Senior jumper Kevin Bacon won the men's long jump with a mark of 22-09.75.
The men's throwing squad was strong as usual for the Chippewas, going 2-3-4 in the shot put. Junior Alex Rose finished runner-up in 55-11.75; Mychael King finished third in a career-best 54-02; and senior George Flanner finished fourth with a mark of 54-01.
In the discus, senior thrower Ryan McCullough finished 4th with a mark of 163-08.
Freshman sprinter Curt Mitchell finished runner-up in the men's 100m dash in 11.22. He also finished 12th in the 200m dash in 22.56.
Freshman jumper Jake Behmlander finished third in the men's high jump with a career-best mark of 6-07. Bacon finished sixth with a mark of 6-03.25.
Senior multi-event student-athlete Josh Kettlewell finished runner-up in the men's pole vault with a mark of 16-00.
Freshman thrower Kyla Walworth finished seventh in the women's discus with a mark of 142-08.
Freshman hurdler Emma Fishnick finished seventh in the 400m hurdles in a career-best time of 1:06.54.
Sophomore Brandon Piligian finished eighth in the men's 110m hurdles in a career-best 16.03.
Sophomore jumper Misha Lamphere finished eighth in the women's high jump with a mark of 5-03.25.
Junior distance runner Zach Tranter finished 10th in the men's 3,000m steeplechase in 9:58.67.
Saturday's competitions at East Lansing built upon the distance team's strong performance at Stanford on Friday. Senior Holly Anderson broke the 10,000m run school record with a time of 34:45.70, and senior Raeanne Lohner - who had previously held the 10,000m record - made her first appearance since the 2011 indoor season.
"Stanford was a very good opening for our distance crew," Randolph said. "It was very exciting for Holly to break another school record and to open up in the 10,000m run in such a strong fashion. It was also exciting to have Raeanne Lohner back, and to see she's taking great steps to pick back up where she left off in 2010 when she was the Outstanding Performer at the MAC Championships. Overall, the distance squad had a very solid opening, and we hope to continue forward in a strong manner toward the conference championships."
The Chippewas are next in action this weekend at the Hilltopper Relays at Western Kentucky on Saturday.