MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan track and field squads will be participating at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at the Bob Parks Track inside Bowen Field House in Ypsilanti. The event will be hosted by Eastern Michigan.
"We are a very young team, we have only five scorers returning, between the men's and women's squads combined. They will be called upon to lead, and to know how get into an environment that has a lot of stress as well as success," said Director of Track and Field Willie Randolph.
The competition begins Friday, Feb. 22 with the women's pentathlon at 10:30 a.m., and the day will end with the men's distance medley at 7:30 p.m. The final day of competition starts at 10 a.m. with the men's weight throw, and the meet will conclude with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 4:35 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for an adult and $5 for youth (ages 3-12) for a one-day pass. Adults can purchase an all-session (both days) pass for $15 while it will cost youth $8 for the all-session pass. Students with MAC institution ID's will be admitted into the event for $2. While tickets will be sold at the door, the meet is expected to sell out. With only 1,250 tickets available, fans are encouraged to purchase pre-sale tickets online. Pre-sale tickets are now available to the public at EMUTix.com.
Distance Squad Looks to Dominate
Leading the distance squad is senior Maddie Ribant, junior Krista Parks, sophomore Ethan Lievense and sophomore Kyle Stacks. These four athletes have qualified and will be competing in the three longest distance events, the mile race, the 3000m run and the 5000m run. Parks and Ribant will be joined by senior Charnele Lyons in the mile and senior Breanne Lesnar in the 5000m race. Parks returns as one of five retuning scorers from last year's indoor championship. The two sophomore men's runners currently hold times in the top four in each event, with Stacks holding the second-best time in the 3000m and Lievense holding the second-best in the 5000m. Stacks joins Parks as a returning scorer from last year. Sophomore Nate Ghena will join Stacks and Lievense in the 5000m, sophomore Monte Scott joins them in the 3000m, and junior Ben Wynsma will join them in the mile. Lyons will also be competing in the 800m race. On the men's side, Anderson Lee, Nathan Sanchez and Nixon Davis will be running the 800m as well.
Parsons and Noeker Look to Lead Sprints/Hurdles
Juniors Ross Parsons and Cory Noeker look to return to the medal stands this year as they return as two of the five scorers from last indoor season. Parsons finished fourth in the 60m dash and third in the 200m. Noeker looks to better his third place finish from last year. Chippewas will have to look to replace Renaldo Powell, who has red-shirted this indoor season. Powell won the 60m hurdles last year. Looking to help Noeker in the hurdles will be freshman Chaz Bradshaw and junior Brandon Piligian. Joining Parsons in the 60m dash will be fellow junior Ryan Brooks, and sophomore Diamond Hamilton on the womens side. Junior Clay Holman will join Parsons in the 200m dash. Holman will also be competing in the 400m race with freshman Ziemowit Dutkiewicz. Sophomore Bridget Doughty will compete in the 400m for the women.
Reynolds Looks to Return to Medal Stand
Junior Tim Reynolds will be competing in the heptathlon this weekend, an event in which he placed third in 2012. Reynolds returns as the only scorer from mutli-events, jump events or pole vault. Megan Heffner will be representing the Chippewas in the pentathlon on Friday. Heffner finished ninth last year, one spot out of scoring. Heffner will also be competing in the high jump on Saturday. Joining her is freshman Marsielle McBeam and junior Sam Stien. Leading the long jumpers is Dee Smith, who enters championship weekend with the second best jump in the conference at 23-06. Also competing wlll be freshman Craig Mauldin, and, on the women's side, freshmen Markala Goodson and Shaya Wilkerson. Wilkerson and Mauldin will also be competing in the triple jump for the women and men, respectively. Joining Mauldin on the men's side is junior Michael Johnson. Johnson reached an automatic qualifying mark on Friday at the Jack Skoog Invite at which he jumped a career-best 46-00-0.75. Competing in the pole vault will be sophomore Nathan Hop for the men, and freshman Micaela Conter and junior Kelly Morrissey for the women.
Rose, Brown Dual Competing in Throws
Senior Alex Rose and freshman Devene Brown will be competing in both the weight throw and the shot put. Rose will be joined by junior Calvin Jackson in the weight throw. Jackson currently has the conference's fourth best throw and Rose has the fifth. Brown adds depth to the women's throwing squad, as there were no CMU women's weight throwers at last year's indoor championships.