Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Automatic Qualifying Marks Continue at Compass Cup

YPSILANTI, Mich. –The Chippewas continued to post qualifying marks for the MAC Indoor Championship at the Compass Cup Saturday, the first scored meet of the season for CMU.

“In general we had a great meet, obtained a lot of personal bests and automatic qualifying MAC performances,” director of track and field Mark Guthrie said. “I was proud of the way we competed for both men and women. I thought we showed great team spirit, great attitude and I thought we took a big step forward.”

On the men’s side the Maroon and Gold placed second with a score of 89.5, behind in-state foe Eastern Michigan (128.5), Buffalo placed third with a score of 70.  

Sophomore Nate Ghena qualified for the MAC meet in the 3,000-meter race in a time of 8:25.08, clinching a third place finish. Teammate Spencer Nousain followed close behind with a fourth place finish in 8:34.57.

Senior Renaldo Powell raced to a first place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 7.91.

The 4x400 team made up of Clay Holman, Curtis Mitchell, Ziemowit Dutkiewicz and Malik Vasquez finished in second place posting a time of 3:16.47.

Senior Alex Rose notched an automatic qualifying mark in the shot put with a second place throw of 56-07.50.

The women earned a third place finish, scoring 114.5. Eastern Michigan clinched the top spot (145), Western Michigan placed second (123) and Buffalo placed fourth (112.5).

Redshirt freshman Breanne Lesnar ran a personal best in the 3,000-meter race in a time of 9:52.50. The second place finish automatically qualifies Lesnar for the MAC Indoor Championships.

Senior Megan Heffner just edged her previous personal best set earlier this season in the high jump, boasting a 5-08.75 first place mark.

In the triple jump Shaya Wilkerson earned a first place finish with an automatic qualifying mark, and personal best of 39-05.25.

The Chippewas will travel to Ohio for the Akron Invitational Feb. 7 – Feb. 8.