Ypsilanti, Mich. - The Central Michigan track and field squads youth was apparent on Saturday, as no athlete finished higher than third in any event on the final day of the 2013 MAC Indoor Championships. The women's squad placed ninth with 25.5 points, while the men placed fifth with 39. Host Eastern Michigan claimed the men's side with 157.5 points, while Kent State claimed the women's with 175 points.
"It was not what we wanted, it's not what we need, but it is going in the right direction for them to understand that what they do together on and off the track makes a difference," said Director of track and field Willie Randolph.
The Chippewas saw only three seniors compete, all three scoring, while 10 juniors scored, five sophomores and five freshmen, combined from Friday and Saturday.
"These kids, within their youthfulness, grew together through adversity and trying to work together with what they had, and putting out everything they could," said Randolph.
Junior Cory Noeker set a personal record on Saturday, running a 8.18 in an extremely fast men's 60m hurdles final. The winning time was 7.86 from Akron's Tyshaun Peoples. Noeker scored one point for the team.
Freshman Craig Mauldin also set a personal record on Saturday with a mark of 47-01.00 in the triple jump. Mauldin finished sixth scoring one point.
Freshman Marsielle McBeam finished fourth in the high jump with season-high 5-7.75. Joining McBeam as a scorer in the high jump were junior teammates Sam Stien and Megan Heffner. They tied for sixth place with a jump of 5-5.75. Combined all three girls scored a total of nine and a half points for the team.
Senior Maddie Ribant finished in fourth place in the women's 3000m final, 9:46.21, scoring five points for the team.
Junior Ben Wynsma finished third in the men's mile with a time of 4:13.06, scoring six points. Sophomore teammate Ethan Lievense finished sixth in the mile, 4:15.47, scoring one point. Sophomore Kyle Stacks was scratched from the mile as well as the 3000m race on Saturday.
Lievense also ran the 3000m final, finishing seventh with a time of 8:35.15. Following him in eighth place was fellow sophomore Monte Scott with a time of 8:38.54
Junior Ross Parsons finished 5th in the 60m dash final with a time of 6.93, scoring two points for the team. He also finished seventh in the 200m final with a time of 22.21.
Senior Nate Sanchez ran a 1:53.69 in the 800m final to finish sixth, scoring one point. Senior Charnele Lyons scored in the women's 800m as well, she finished in eighth place with a time of 2:19.76.
Junior Calvin Jackson and senior Alex Rose finished in fifth and sixth place in the weight throw. Jackson threw for 59-01.50, while Rose threw a personal-best 57-04.75. They earned a combined three points for the team.
Freshman Shaya Wilkerson finished eighth in the women's triple jump with a mark of 37-09.35, scoring one point.
Junior Tim Reynolds finished fifth in the heptathlon, scoring 5064 points. Reynolds closed the heptathlon with a win in the 1000m race, which had to be run twice due to complications with scoring the first time it was ran. Reynolds scored two points for the team.
"We saw a lot of good growth today, and we hope the athletes understand that."