Men Sit Third, Women Fourth Through Day One
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Marcus Breidinger competes in the pole vault at the MAC Indoor Championships. Breidinger finished runner-up in the event with a height of 16-6 3/4.
MOUNT PLEASANT — The Central Michigan saw an individual record broken early and competitive performances all around on day one of the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.

Erika Schroll broke the school’s high jump record in the pentathlon with a winning height of 6-0 1/4, breaking 2002 All-American Suzy Bozin’s mark, which helped her finish fourth in the combined event with 3,751 points.

The CMU men are in third place through the first day with 27 points, trailing Akron (50.5) and Eastern Michigan (38), while the women sit in fourth with 26, behind Kent State (35), Miami (31) and Western Michigan (29).

“The men put up a lot more points in than we started with,” head coach Willie Randolph said. “We have a lot more to work with than what was expected. On the women’s side, we have two or three people in each final. I can’t say how happy I am at this point, just for them to be competitive and enjoy what it means to be a team and a family. If we come out and execute tomorrow, we’re going to be happy with what we’ve accomplished.”

Breidinger Headlines Solid Opening Day for the Men

Leading the way for the men’s team was Marcus Breidinger on pole vault. The senior battled top-ranked Mike Uhle of Akron in a back and forth event that saw Breidinger finish runner-up with a mark of 16-6 3/4. The finish will earn the Alma, Mich., native second-team All-MAC honors. Mike McGregor also had a strong showing in the event, taking fourth with a height of 16-0 3/4.

Also performing well for the men was Kevin Bacon, who finished third in the long jump after clearing 24-0 3/4.

“That was a great battle,” Randolph said. “Marcus came in with the goal to win, but he did good things for the team today. Last year he no heighted indoors, so this was a huge step forward for him.”

Another third-place finisher was Riak Mabil in the 5000m. Mabil crossed the line in 14:34.89, three-hundredths of a second behind the runner-up.

Rounding out the scoring for the men’s squad were Kevin Mays with a career-best in the weight throw (fifth; 59-9 3/4) and the distance medley team (fifth; 10:36.60) of Wade Buchs, DeJuan Calloway, Matt Erdmans and Chris Pankow.

The Chippewas’ saw several of their athletes advance past the prelims on the track on Friday. Advancing to Saturday’s competition are Renaldo Powell in the 60m hurdles (8.27), Nana Adomako in the 60m (6.98), Kirkston Edwards in the 200m (22.56), Christopher Thomas (49.84) and David Ashcraft (50.26) in the 400m and Nathan Sanchez in the 800m (1:57.96). Joshua Kettlewell is also in scoring range in the heptathlon as he sits in fifth place with three events left in the combined competition.

Balanced Women in the Mix Among Crowded Leader Board

Schroll’s effort was only part of the Chippewas’ solid pentathlon effort. Tanisha Johnson placed fourth in the competition with 3,703 points. Schroll had another memorable moment on day one in the 800m portion of the competition as she lost her shoe at the beginning of the race and led halfway through before finishing seventh.

CMU got nine more points courtesy of the weight throw, where Charity Sunderman (59-11 3/4) and Whitney Johnson (59-0 1/4) took fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Chippewas capped their scoring on day one with a gutsy runner-up finish from the distance medley relay team (11:47.94) of Raeanne Lohner, Alexandra Sisson, Danielle Dakroub and Sarah Squires. The Chippewas were towards the front of the back most of the race, but fell back to third late in the final leg before Squires’ final kick earned the unit second-team All-MAC honors.

Several Maroon and Gold athletes earned the right to compete in Saturday’s finals as Shanaye Carr (8.52), Brittnee Shreve (8.70) and Tamica Harbour (8.84) all advanced in the 60m hurdles, Shreve (7.58) and Dierra Riley (7.59) earned spots in the 60m finals, Shanaye Carr (25.19) and Shreve (25.39) secured berths in the 200m, Stephanie Hurley (57.23) and Cara Dukes (57.50) moved on in the 400m and Veronica Garcia (2:15.30) made it to the 800m finals.

Erika Schroll and Tanisha Johnson started off well and the senior Sarah Squires finished it strong. We’re in position to do what we want to do and what we plan to do. We hope to take care of things tomorrow."

Saturday’s competition will begin with the rest of the heptathlon at 11 a.m. The rest of the day’s slate includes the women’s pole vault and men’s and women’s high jump, triple jump and shot put on the field. The running events include the mile run, 60m hurdles, 400m, 60m, 800m, 200m, 3000m and 4x400m relay.

Results will be available throughout the day and a complete recap will be posted on cmuchippewas.com following the competition.
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