MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan track and field team will be competing at the University of Louisville and Ohio State University on Friday Apr. 19.
“We are looking forward to some solid weather, and getting more MAC qualifying marks. We are focused on the task at hand and looking forward to competing together. We are headed off to Louisville and Louisville native Muhammad Ali said it best, ‘Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.’” said director of track and field Willie Randolph.
A majority of the team will be sent to the Lenny Lyles-Clark Wood Invite at Louisville, while a handful of distance runners will be competing at the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State.
The Lenny Lyles-Clark Wood invite will take place at Cardinal Park of the campus of the University of Louisville. The participating teams include Southeast Missouri, East Tennessee and host Louisville. Field events will start at 10:30 a.m. while running events start at 3 p.m.
The Jesse Owens Track Classic will be held at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State. The distance events will start around 8 p.m.
Seniors Renaldo Powell and Maddie Ribant, sophomore Ethan Lievense and freshman Devene Brown are all currently ranked in the top-48 in the East Regional for their respective events according to TFRRS.com. The top-48 athletes in the East Region go on to compete at the NCAA East Regional in Releigh, N.C. on May 23.
Lievense and Ribant will not be competing in their ranked event; the 3000m steeplechase at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, while Powell (110m hurdles) and Brown (discus) will be competing to better their marks at the Lenny Lyles-Clark Wood Invite.
Powell was honored this week by the Mid-American Conference earning Male Track Athlete of the week for his personal record time of 14.15 seconds in the 110m hurdles.