ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Central Michigan men and women's track and field teams continued to make personal strides this weekend at the Big Meet Elite, led by senior Shawntoreah Turk who set a new school record in the 400-meter dash in 53.76.
Turk's second place finish bested the school record by .06 seconds previously held by Jenaie Edwards set in 2007.
“It was a great meet," director of track and field Mark Guthrie said. "We were probably a little bit stronger on the track today than we were in the field. It was a big step forward and I’m pleased with the effort of the group.”
On the women’s side, junior Diamond Hamilton ran back-to-back personal records in the 60-meter dash trials and finals (7.67) finishing in sixth.
Turk finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a mark of 24.58, while senior Kelsey Ritter (25.04) and junior Ravyn Baxter (25.24) placed in the top 10. Freshman Kelsey Ross ran a personal best in the 800-meter run (2:11.48).
Sophomore Breanne Lesnar placed second in the 5000-meter run (16:53.29), while freshman Kelly Schubert (16:59.09) and senior Krista Parks (17:00.80) both qualified for the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.
In pole vault, senior Kelly Morrissey posted a personal record of 11-09.75, placing fifth. Sophomore Micaela Conter and junior Halley Love both set individual highs in the pole vault with a mark of 11-09.75 and 11-03.75, respectively.
On the men’s side, senior Relando Powell won the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 7.81. Powell’s time breaks his personal record twice this season by .10 seconds.
Freshman Nicholas Malliaras placed first in the long jump with a mark of 21-10.75, establishing a new personal best.
Senior Clay Holman finished third in the 400-meter dash with a mark of 48.15 and eleventh in the 200-meter dash (22.20).
Spencer Nousain placed ninth in the 3000-meter run with a mark of 8:28.87. Nousain’s finish is a new personal best and also qualified the freshman for the MAC Indoor Championships.
In the 5000-meter run, junior Ethan Lievense qualified for the MAC Indoor Championship after a ninth-place run with a mark of 14:34.22.
Freshman Tony Armstrong tied for seventh and posted a new personal record in the pole vault (15-03.75).
The Maroon and Gold will head to the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame University and the Silverston Invitational at the University of Michigan on Feb. 22.