Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Five Chippewas in Action on Day One of NCAA Track and Field Preliminaries
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Five members of the Central Michigan track and field team competed in the East Region of the NCAA Preliminary Championships on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C. on the host campus of North Carolina A&T University.

In action were junior Parker Scott (400m hurdles) and freshmen Dee Smith (long jump) and Cole Walderzak (discus) from the men’s squad and women’s team members freshmen Devene Brown (discus) and Kyla Walworth (discus).

Scott, the 2013 MAC Champion in the 400m hurdles, finished seventh in his heat and 38th overall with a time of 53.32. Smith recorded a jump of 6.56 meters in his first effort and fouled in his next two attempts to place 47th. Walderzak placed sixth in his flight and 35th overall with a top throw of 48.32 meters.

Walworth and Brown finished 35th and 43rd, respectively, in the discus. Walworth threw for a distance of 44.76 meters while Brown recorded a throw of 41.74 meters.

“it wasn’t the day we wanted but for three freshmen and a junior who have never been to a championship of this caliber, it was a day we will use for growth moving forward,” said CMU Director of Track and Field Willie Randolph.

Competition at the East Region of the NCAA Preliminary Championships will continue on Friday with four Chippewas aiming to advance. Renaldo Powell (110m hurdles), Ethan Lievense (steeplechase), Ben Wynsma (steeplechase), and Maddie Ribant (steeplechase) are set to compete.