Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Juniors Ethan Lievense and Kelsey Ritter had solid performances this weekend as they competed at the Florida Relays and the Spartan Invitational. Lievnese finished third in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:00.36, while Ritter finished 13th in the 100m dash with a time of 12.35.
Chippewas Stride Forward Despite Weather

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Central Michigan track and field team was able to find success despite the weather conditions at the Spartan Invitational held by Michigan State Saturday.

“Today the athletes did a good job of staying focused and competitive considering the weather was not ‘spring conditions.’ We were pleased with how they competed. We had a lot of solid performances despite what the weather was, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said director of track and field Willie Randolph.

Freshman javelin throwers Kyleigh Young and Brandon McCleese were very successful in women and men's javelin event on Saturday. McCleese threw a solid throw with a mark of 171-04 for a second-place finish on the men's side. Young won the women's event with a mark of 125-01, while throwing in very windy conditions.

Freshman Cole Walderzak also had to deal with the wind in the discus, throwing directly into it. Walderzak reached the finals, where he placed eighth with a mark of 155-08. Walderzak competed in the hammer throw on Friday where he also competed in the finals, placing sixth with a throw of 171-00.

Also doing dual throws, shot put and discus, were freshman Devene Brown and sophomore Kyla Walworth. Brown finished second in the discus (166-01) and third in the shot put (44-06.75). Walworth took sixth in the discus (147-03) and seventh in the shot put (40-02.25).

Junior hurdler Parker Scott also had a successful day despite the wind. In the 110m hurdles he finished sixth with a time of 15.08, and he finished fourth in the 400m hurdles with a solid time of 55.64. Fellow junior Brandon Piligian took eighth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.16.

Senior Renaldo Powell competed in the 100m dash where he finished third with a time of 10.87. In the women’s 100m race junior Kelsey Ritter finished 13th with a time of 12.35.

The high jump, triple jump, long jump, and pole vault were contested indoors due to wind and track conditions.

Freshman Craig Mauldin finished second in the triple jump, 46-01.5, and sixth in the long jump with a mark of 22-02.25. Junior Michael Johnson competed in both also, placing fourth in the triple, 44-00.75, and 11th in the long jump, 20.05.25.

In the women’s long jump, Markala Goodson took fourth with a leap of 17-11.5.

Freshman Shaya Wilkerson and junior Sam Stein tied for 2nd in the high jump with a mark of 5-3.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Central Michigan track and field team sent some of its best distance runners to the University of Florida this weekend to compete in the Florida Relays.

Leading the charge was senior Maddie Ribant who placed fifth in the 3000m steeplechase. Ribant, the steeplechase school record holder, made her season debut with a time of 10:36.06, just seconds off her personal best. This time qualified her for the 2013 MAC Outdoor Championships meet.

Junior Ethan Lievense set a personal record in the men’s 3000m steeplechase by over 10 seconds. His old time of 9:10.35 stood little chance when he crossed the line in third with a time of 9:00.36. This time also qualified him for the outdoor championships. Teammate junior Ben Wynsma finished sixth with a time of 9:13.37.

In the 5000m races, junior Krista Parks took 10th with a time of 17:02.29, qualifying her for the MAC meet. On the men’s side, freshman Nate Ghena finished eighth with a time of 14:44.78.

“We’re looking forward to more good things, but we started off Friday with solid marks within our distance group. We are moving in the right direction,” said Randolph of the distance runners successes.

Men's Automatic Qualifiers Women's Automatic Qualifiers

Craig Mauldin

Triple Jump: 46-11.00

Milica Kuldizan

Javelin: 138-00

Renaldo Powell

110mH: 14.34

Kyleigh Young


Calvin Jackson

Hammer: 180-04

Devene Brown

Discus: 168-04

 Ethan Lievense

Steeplechase: 9:00.36

Bridget Doughty

400mH: 1:01

Ben Wynsma

Steeplechase: 9:13.37

Sam Stein

High Jump: 5-06


Marsielle McBeam

High Jump: 05-06


Maddie Ribant

Steeplechase: 10:36.06


Krista Parks

5000m: 17:02.29