ALLENDALE - The Central Michigan men's and women's track and field squads both finished third at the GVSU Quad Saturday.
Mid-American Conference foe, Eastern Michigan won the womem's side with a score of 166.50, followed by Grand Valley State (162), CMU (97) and Hillsdale finished with 67.5 points. On the men's side, GVSU won with score of 164.5, EMU came in second with 154.5, CMU with 124 and Hillsdale in fourth with 61 points.
"We still knew we didn't have people in their main events, we were not trying to double and triple up, we are trying to get things done for the next four weeks ahead.' Director of Track and Field, Willie Randolph said. "When it comes to scoring, Grand Valley and Eastern's focus and objectives were different than ours. We know that our main objective is being ready when it is important and the score needs to stick."
In the women's field events, three freshmen put together strong performances. Freshman Marsielle McBeam finished third in women's high jump with a height of 1.70m, qualifying for MAC Indoor Championships. Freshman Shaya Wilkerson won the triple jump with a leap of 11.57m and freshman Devene Brown took third in women's shot put with a throw of 13.42m.
Senior Maddie Ribant finished 5th in the mile (5:01.06).
Junior Krista Parks took third in 9:54.93 in the 3000m run, qualifying for MAC Championships.
On the track for the men's squad, junior Ryan Brooks bested teammate junior Ross Parsons to finish give the Chippewas the top two spots in the 60m dash. Brooks ran a 6.91, while Parsons ran a 6.92. Brooks time was a personal record and qualified him for the MAC championships.
Parsons also finished fourth in the 200m (22.22), with teammate junior Clay Holman right behind in fifth with a time of 22.23.
Nathan Sanchez took fourth in the 800m dash, with a personal record and qualifying time of 1:52.74.
Sophomores Kyle Stacks and Ethan Lievense finished second and third in the men's mile with new person best as Stack rans a 4:09.36 and Lievense a 4:10.03. Lievense's time qualified him for the MAC indoor championships.
In the field events for the men's squad, sophomore Dee Smith finished second in the long jump with a leap of 6.94m. Senior Alex Rose took second in the shot put with a throw of 16.99m, a MAC Championship qualifying Mark
Ribant took fifth in the women's 3000m invitational run with a time of 9:45.25.
Stacks won the men's 3000m invitational run with a time of 8:18.81, also giving him a new personal best. Lievense finished fifth the same race with a time of 8:22.57, giving him a new personal record by almost six seconds.
"This weekend we mainly focused on being a team and working on chemistry to get things done moving forward."
Select Chippewas will be competing at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.