Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Junior Ross Parsons competes at the CMU Open earlier this season. Parsons qualified for the MAC Championships meet in the 60m dash with a time of 6.90.
Chippewas Increase Qualifiers at Notre Dame, Findlay

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Central Michigan track and field teams took on some tough competition at Notre Dame this weekend, facing roughly 49 other competing programs, as well as unattached athletes.

"Overall we had a lot of solid marks moving us forward. Obviously we had more qualifiers this weekend, moving us up in the conference," said director of track and field Willie Randolph.

Senior Maddie Ribant finished 14th out of 59 runners in the women's 5000m race with a time of 17:07.72, which is a personal record. Joining Ribant in qualifying, junior Krista Parks ran a time of 17:18.24.

Sophomore Bridget Doughty qualified for the MAC Championships in the 400m race with a time of 56.37.

Ross Parsons qualified for the MAC Championships in the 60m dash with a time of 6.90, finishing eighth in the semifinals race. Only the top six moved on.

In the 5000m race, sophomore Ethan Lievense finished fifth with a qualifying time of 14:30.02. Fellow sophomore Kyle Stacks finished 10th with a time of 14:35.74, also a qualifying mark. Both sophomores have now qualified for the MAC Indoor Championships in the mile, the 3000m race, and now the 5000m race.

At the Findlay Open, freshman Devene Brown finished third in the shot put with a throw of 42-9.75. Kayla Brindley finished sixth with a toss of 40-05.00.

On the men's side, senior Alex Rose threw in the shot put "elite" competition, where he finished ninth with a throw of 54-02.00, a MAC qualifying mark. Junior Calvin Jackson threw a heave of 57-03.00 in the men's weight throw on Friday, qualifying him for the MAC Championships meet.

Next weekend the Chippewas head down to Allendale, Mich., to compete at the GVSU Big Meet on February 8 and 9.