Men in second place after day one of MAC Indoor Championships
AKRON, Ohio – The men's indoor track and field team is second after five events on day one at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Friday, with a number of Chippewas positioned to do well on day two.
On the strength of a pair of runner-up finishes and four fourth-place showings, the Chippewas scored 32 points through five scored finals, good for second place behind Akron (66). CMU also performed well in the preliminaries, with seven student-athletes qualified for Saturday's final sections of sprints and hurdles.
Senior thrower Ryan McCullough finished runner-up in the weight throw finals with a mark of 63-07.
Senior multi-event competitor Josh Kettlewell finished fourth in the pole vault finals with a mark of 16-03.25. Kettlewell is also leading the heptathlon through the first four events. He won the heptathlon section of the shot put (40-09.75); finished runner-up in both the long jump (21-07.5) and high jump (6-04); and placed fourth in the 60m dash (7.26).
Senior jumper Kevin Bacon earned a fourth-place finish in the long jump finals with a leap of 22-11.
The distance medley relay team (junior Nathan Sanchez, freshman Curt Mitchell, freshman Lucas Bade, redshirt freshman Nathan Huff), in its first competition this season, finished fourth in a time of 9:58.04.
Sophomore sprinter Ross Parsons led the team in the preliminaries with berths into both the 60m (6.9) and 200m (21.65) dash finals. He won his heat in both events and is seeded second among all preliminary competitors in both events. Junior sprinter Greg Knaus is seeded seventh in the 60m dash with a season-best time of 6.95.
Junior hurdler Renaldo Powell qualified for the 60m hurdles and won his preliminary heat in a season-best time of 8.15. He is seeded second overall heading into Saturday's finals. Sophomore Cory Noeker is seeded third after a career-best time of 8.22, and sophomore Parker Scott is ranked fifth after a career-best 8.5.
Senior sprinter David Ashcraft qualified for the finals of the 400m dash with a season-best time of 48.86, seeded seventh overall.
Day two action begins with heptathlon sections of the 60m dash and pole vault at 10 a.m., with the main section of finals beginning at 1 p.m. with the triple jump and 1:15 with the mile run.
Women achieve several season- and career-best records at day one of MAC Indoor Championships
AKRON, Ohio – Day one of the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books, with several Central Michigan student-athletes on the women's team having achieved season- and career-bests on Friday.
After just five events on day one, the Chippewas are in ninth place overall with nine points, but are not out of contention with a day filled with finals upcoming on Saturday. Toledo is currently in the lead with 37 points. The second-place team, Eastern Michigan, is just 17 points ahead with 12 finals remaining on Saturday.
Senior sprinter Kirlene Roberts won her preliminary heat of the 60m dash in a season-best time of 7.6 – just one hundredth of a second shy of her career-best time. She is seeded third going into Saturday's finals.
Sophomore sprinter Shawntoreah Turk ran a 54.99 to set a new career-best in the 400m dash, qualifying as the fourth seed for Saturday's final section.
Senior long-distance runner Holly Anderson accounted for a large portion of the women's points with a fourth-place finish in the 5,000m run finals in 17:08.72. Redshirt freshman Krista Parks finished seventh in the 5,000m run in a time of 17:29.37.
A couple of Chippewas were just shy of the top eight. Junior hurdler Tamica Harbour finished ninth in the 60m hurdles preliminary round (8.84), and sophomore multi-event competitor Megan Heffner finished ninth in the pentathlon with a score of 3,468.
Day two action begins with the high jump at 1 p.m., with finals sections of the running events beginning at 1:35 p.m. with the mile run.