MOUNT PLEASANT – True freshman thrower Milica Kulidzan broke the school record in the javelin to headline an impressive day one of the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday.
Kulidzan launched a 151-03 mark in the final throw of the prelims that led the field up until the final throw of the finals, when Sara Oczypok of Kent State tossed the winning mark of 155-10.
“I felt really good, I knew it would be a good day,” she said. “I tried not to think about it too much, because from previous meets I learned that if I do it doesn't go as far as it could.”
She has been working toward this moment since the outdoor season-opener at the LSU Relays, where she threw a 142-03 in her collegiate debut.
“I'm thrilled,” she said. “I've been trying ever since LSU, and I didn't expect to break it my freshman year.”
Meanwhile, through one day of the multi-event women's heptathlon competition, senior Emily Dienhart has positioned herself well for a high finish on day two on Friday.
Dienhart, the lone Chippewa in the heptathlon, is in fifth place with 2,954 points, just 121 behind leader Thekla Lorenz of Miami. She won the shot put component with a career-best 37-03.75 and finished third in the 100m hurdles component in a career-best 14.40. She also finished fifth in the 200m dash with a time of 25.95.