MOUNT PLEASANT – Central Michigan's veterans and youth both turned in some strong performances on Friday's day two of the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships to lead the Chippewas.
The women are in eighth place with 16 points, but just 17 points separate them from third-place Miami with 33. Toledo leads after day two with 59 points.
Building off of the strong performances on Thursday and with seven student-athletes in position to score points Saturday after qualifying through Friday's preliminary rounds, moving up in the standings is a distinct possibility.
“We are really focusing on taking this one day at a time, one event at a time,” director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph said. “Any time you have any momentum coming from any school record or any event championship that is providing positive energy, you can only hope everyone grabs on to it. Today they did. We want to continue that momentum going into tomorrow. We're very excited about tomorrow, but we have to finish what we started.”
Senior distance runner Raeanne Lohner led the way for the Chippewas with a 4:32.15 finish in the 1,500m run, good for the second seed in Saturday's finals.
Freshman hurdler Bridget Doughty became the first Chippewa to run a sub 1:00 400m hurdles race – but just barely. The true freshman ran a career-best 59.99 to qualify her fourth in the event. She will be joined in the finals by senior Stephanie Hurley (career-best 1:01.89, seventh) and sophomore Megan Heffner (1:03.15, eighth).
Senior distance runner Maddie Ribant finished seventh in the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 11:20.03 to earn the Chippewas' lone points on the day.
Senior sprinter Kirlene Roberts ran a career-best 11.75 in the 100m dash to qualify for the finals as the seventh seed.
Sophomore sprinter Shawntoreah Turk ran an outdoor career-best 55.27 in the 400m dash to qualify for the finals as the seventh seed.
Junior hurdler Tamica Harbour finished as the eighth and final seed in the 100m hurdles finals with a season-best time of 14.32.
The Chippewas will look to move up in the standings beginning Saturday at 11 a.m. with field events. The first running event of the day will be the 4x100m relay at 1 p.m.