YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Central Michigan track and field teams had a solid performance on Friday, day one of the 2013 MAC Indoor Championships, at Eastern Michigan. The women's squad currently sits in ninth with seventh points; the men sit in fifth with 27.
"The men's and women's teams, despite being young, are fighting together with drive and passion. We are takiing it one evet at a time, and at the end of the day, thats all you can ask of them, " said Director of track and field Willie Randolph.
A few top 10 finishes led the way for the Chippewas. Dee Smith finished second in the men's long jump, hitting a mark of 23'4.50", earning eight points for the men's side.
The men's distance medley relay also finished second, earning eight points, with a time of 10:03.45. The relay was made up of senior Nate Sanchez, junior Ben Wynsma, sophomore Anderson Lee and junior Clay Holman.
On the women's side, junior Krista Parks finished fifth in the 5000m race with a time of 17:10.30, senior teammate Maddie Ribant finished in eighth with a time of 17:17.16. Combined they scored five points for the women's team.
In the men's 5000m race, sophomore Ethan Lievense finished in fifth, 14:39.61, and fellow sophomore Nate Ghena finished seventh, 14:49.60, a new personal record. They scored a combined five points for the men.
Senior Alex Rose finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 56'1.75", earning four points. Freshman Devene Brown threw a career-best 47'10" in the women's shot put. That mark earned her seventh place and two team points.
Also competing in final events on Friday, Junior Megan Heffner finished 10th in the pentathlon with 3,234 points, Sophomore Emma Fishnick finished 11th (3,060).
Freshman Micaela Conter and junior Kelly Morrissey both cleared a height of 11'7.75" in the pole vault final. Conter finished 10th and Morrissety finished 11th on judges decisions.
Junior Ross Parsons qualified for the 60m dash final finishing with the fourth-best time, 6.89, a season best, in the preliminary races. Parsons also qualified for the 200m race.
Junior Cory Noeker grabbed the last qualifying spot in the men's 60m hurdles race. He qualified with a time of 8.26.
Seniors Nathan Sanchez and Charnele Lyons qualified in 800m race. Sanchez ran 1:55.04, the fourth-best men's qualifying time. Lyons set a personal record, running it in 2:13.70, qualifying in the seventh spot for the women's race.
Sophomore Bridget Doughty finished 10th in the 400 prelims on Friday, missing the finals by .06 seconds.