Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Freshman Shaya Wilkerson won the triple jump in her first collegiate meet.
Wilkerson, Youth Lead Chippewas

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan had a successful outing at the CMU open January 11. A Chippewa finished in the top three of 25 of the 29 events. No athletes competed in the men's shot put, women's weight throw or women's 200m dash.

Wille Randolph, Director of Track and field on the performance, "What we saw today mentally, they are competitors. Physically, we know we still have to work on things."

The Chippewas had their first MAC Championship qualifying marks of the season from senior Nathan Huff, sophomore Tanner Pesonen, freshman Craig Mauldin and sophomore Dee Smith. Huff won the Men's 3,000m (8.54.15), Pesonen finished 10th, but had a time of 9:11.53, good enough to qualify. Smith won the long jump with a personal record of 7.16m (23-06.00). Mauldin finished second in the men's triple jump with a leap of 14.30m (46.11.00), a CMU career-best.

"I am trying to have a big impact my first year. I just want to keep getting a better mark each week," said Mauldin.

Also finding success in the jumping events was junior Michael Johnson, who finished third in the triple jump behind Mauldin. In the high jump, freshman Matt Mueller finished second with a jump of 1.97m (6-05.50), a CMU career-best. Junior Tim Reynolds finished third in the men's pole vault (4.41m, 14-05.50).

For the women's team, freshman Shaya Wilkerson had a break out night. She won the triple jump with a leap of 11.44m  (37-06.50). Directly following the triple jump, Wilkerson made her way to the high jump, where she finished third with 1.58m (5-02.25).

Freshman Marsielle McBeam won in the high jump with a height of 1.63 (5-04.25). She bested teammate junior Megan Heffner (1.63, 5-04.25) on a judges decision. Heffner was followed by Wilkerson, and junior Samantha Stein ( 1.58m, 5-02.25) to complete the four place sweep.

In the long jump, freshman Markayla Goodson finished second with a personal record of 5.38m (17-08.00).  In the women's pole vault, freshman Micaela Conter (3.61m, 11-10.00), Halley Love (3.16m, 10-04.25) and Rachel Domagalski (3.01m, 9-10.5) finished second through fourth, respectively.

Finishing off the field events, Calvin Jackson took third with a throw of 16.82m (55-02.25) in the men's weight throw, an event that was won by CMU alum Kevin Mays. In the women's shot put, freshman Devene Brown (13.34m, 43-09.25) and sophomore Kayle Brindley finished one and two.

The feel-good story of the evening was senior Charnele Lyons. Lyons finished third (2:19:43) in the women's 800m race, her first competitive race in over a year after coming off of injury.

"Charnele Lyons hasn't run in over a year, almost, and to come out here and compete for the first time in that long, I would say her performance stands out to me," Randolph said. "It took a lot of heart and a lot of guts, and you don't know what to expect after not running for that long."

In the men's 800m, sophomore Kyle Stacks took first with a time of 1:56.95. Teammate and fellow sophomore Ben Wynsma came in third (1:58.82). In the 600m, senior Nathan Sanchez finished second at 1:24.35. Freshman Clinton Cargill set a CMU career-best in a second place finish (51.20). Junior Clay Holman won the men's 200 with a time of 22.8.

Junior Shawntoreah Turk competed in the 600m race, earning the first place spot with a time of 1:37.46. Teammate sophomore Bridget Doughty, who came in second, gave Turk a run for her money, finished in 1:37.48. This was a CMU career best for Doughty. Sophomore Diamond Hamilton finished third in the women's 400m with a time of 1:02.17.

Sophomore Ethan Lievense won the men's one mile with a personal record of 4:20.25. Teammate freshman Monte Scott finished third with a time of 4:24.80.

In the men's 60m hurdles, the Chippewas swept the top four places. Parker Scott took second with a personal record of 8.36, freshman Chaz Bradshaw III took third (8.37), and junior Cory Noeker took fourth (8.44). Senior Renoldo Powell, who competed unattached, won the race with a personal record of 8.02, a time good enough to qualify for MAC Championships.

Junior Ross Parsons finished second in the men's 60m dash with a time of 6.96. On the women's side, Doughty won the women's 60m hurdles for Central Michigan (8.94). Goodson took third in the 60m dash (7.98).

The Chippewas finished 2nd in the men's 4x400 relay (3:27.67), and finished first in the women's race to close the meet (4:07.33).

"Our team is very young. We only have about 6 seniors on our entire team, so with the fact that you saw a lot of underclassmen doing a lot of solid things, it speaks a lot of the growth of this program," said Randolph.

There were 815 people in attendance.

Next weekend the Chippewas will head to the University of Michigan to compete at the Simmons- Harvey Invitational.