AKRON, Ohio - The Central Michigan track and field team continued its success despite an hour lightning delay on Friday in day two of the 2013 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships. The Chippewas had a second-place finisher, three third-place finishers and five other scorers on the day.
The day began with the men’s hammer throw, as junior Calvin Jackson took third with a throw of 178-09, earning six points for the men’s side. Freshman Cole Walderzak finished sixth with a throw of 173-00, earning three points.
Freshman Dee Smith took third place in the long jump with a career-best jump of 24-02.25. Smith took second in the long jump in the 2013 MAC Indoor Championships.
After two days of competition and seven events, senior Emily Dienhart finished up her career as a Chippewa with a sixth place finish in the heptathlon with 4,854 points, earning her team three points. Dienhart set a personal record for points in the heptathlon, along with personal records in the 100m dash, the 200m dash, the 800m race, the shot put and the javelin. Freshman Shaya Wilkerson finished her first heptathlon in seventh place with 4,539 points, garnering two points for the team.
In the decathlon, junior Tim Reynolds finished seventh with 6,566 points. Reynolds closed out the night with a win in the 1500, the last event of the decathlon, with a time of 4:37.69.
The men’s 3000m steeplecase was a successful event for the Chippewas. Sophomore Ethan Lievense placed second with a time of 9:09.51, earning eight points. Freshman Monte Scott collected three team points with a sixth-place finish with a time of 9:28.15, and sophomore Ben Wynsma came in eighth with a time of 9:43.51, earning one team point.
In the women’s 3000m steeplechase, senior Maddie Ribant finished in third place with a time of 10:36.31, earning six points.
Heading into day three, the women’s squad sits in seventh place with 23 points and the men’s squad sits in sixth with 31 points.
The Chippewas saw six athletes qualify in the preliminary races on Friday. Senior Charnele Lyons earned a chance to compete in the final race of her Central Michigan career. She finished in ninth place in the 1500m preliminaries with a time of 4:34.74.
Senior Renaldo Powell set two personal records on Friday. He ran a 14.12 in the 110m hurdles, qualifying for the finals. He also set a personal record in the 100m dash with a time of 10.81, but did not qualify. Junior Brandon Piligian ran a personal best 14.83 in the 110m hurdles but fell short of qualifying for the finals. Sophomore Curtis Mitchell also ran a personal best in the 100m dash, 10.98, but was unable to qualify.
Parker Scott, Ziemowit Dutkiewicz and Bridget Doughty all qualified for the 400m hurdles. Scott ran a personal best 52.19, the second fastest time heading into the men’s finals. Dutkiewicz qualified in sixth for the men’s race with a time of 53.35. Doughty qualified for the women’s final with a time of 1:01.06.
Senior Nathan Sanchez qualified with a time of 1:52.57 and will be competing in the finals of the men’s 800m race on Saturday.
Sophomore Diamond Hamilton and junior Kelsey Ritter both set personal records in the 100m dash as well as the 200m dash. Hamilton ran a 11.95 and a 24.64, while Ritter ran a 11.98 and a 24.68, however these personal bests did not qualify them.
Saturdays events relay finals, running finals as well as men’s and women’s high jump, men’s and women’s discus, men’s and women’s triple jump and men’s pole vault. Field events will start at 12 p.m. and running events will start at 2 p.m.