Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Sophomore Kyle Stacks runs the 800 last weekend at the CMU Open. Stacks ran the mile this past weekend at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational at the University of Michigan, and qualified for the MAC Indoor Championships with a personal-record time of 4:11.16.
Distance Leads Men's Squad
ANN ARBOR - Sophomores Kyle Stacks and Ethan Lievense both qualified for the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships this weekend at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational held at the University of Michigan. Stacks cruised to a win in the mile run with a personal-best 4:11.16, and Lievense won the 3,000m run with a time of 8:28.29, also a personal best.

"The team is starting to get their main events in and Kyle actually made that first really solid statement today with a really good mile time," said Director of Track and Field Willie Randolph. "Then we had some other good things that happened, by Ethan and seeing Nathan Sanchez run very strong today."

Also qualifying for the Chippewas, junior Cory Noeker finished second in the men's 60m hurdles with a time of 8.28. Senior Renaldo Powell, who competed unattached, bested Noeker. Powell won with a time of 7.95, a personal record.

Sanchez won the men's 800m run with a time of 1:57.91.

In the field events, freshman Matt Mueller finished third with a high jump mark of 6-04.75. Also with a third-place finish, sophomore Nathan Hop finished with a mark of 15-01.50 in the pole vault. Joining them with a third-place finish, junior Michael Johnson got a mark of 43-07.75 in the men's triple jump.

On the women's side, sophomore Diamond Hamilton took third in the 200m dash (25.44); she also took fourth in the 60m dash with a time of 7.74. Teammate sophomore Bridget Doughty took second in the 400m (58.51).

Freshman Markala Goodson gave a personal-best performance in the long jump with a mark of 17-06.25, which gave her a fourth-place finish.

Seniors Maddie Ribant and Charnele Lyons put out solid performances finishing with times of 5:00.54 and 5:04.76, respectively.

"Maddie ran a really good mark in the mile as well as Charnele again. Charnele's just saying, 'You know what, I'm back and I'm taking no prisoners.' So its really good to see her coming back," Randolph said of his two senior distance runners.

Former Chippewas Erika Schroll and Kevin Mays both took first in their events. Schroll won the high jump with a mark of 5-10.75. Mays won the weight throw with a throw of 66-07.25.

"We have some good things going in the right direction, and that's what we wanted going into this second meet."

The Chippewas will be in action next weekend at the GVSU Quad and the Penn State Relays on Saturday, Jan. 26.

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