MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Six institutions from around Michigan competed at the Jack Skoog Open Friday night in front of a packed house at the Indoor Athletic Complex.
“In general I think we had a good outing, we saw a lot of different things happen,” said director of track and field Mark Guthrie. “We had several lifetime bests and that’s always good no matter how you slice it. I think we are stronger in a lot of areas than we thought we were when we started this whole process back in September.”
Among CMU’s competition was Alma, Cornerstone, Northwood (throwers), Oakland, and Saginaw Valley State. The meet marks the only home contest for the Chippewas during the indoor and outdoor season.
Senior Megan Heffner bested her career record in the high jump with a first place mark of 5-8. Heffner’s performance automatically qualifies her to the MAC Indoor Championships, surpassing the needed mark of 5-6.
Senior Renaldo Powell also ran a personal best in the 60m dash, finishing first place in 7.01. Powell also went on to automatically qualify for the MAC Indoor Championships with a 7.99 finish in the 60m hurdles. In 2012 Powell was the individual MAC Indoor Champion for the 60m hurdles.
Other Chippewas to automatically qualify for the MAC Indoor Championships include Craig Mauldin in the triple jump (13.92m), Cole Walderzak in the shot put (16.56m) and Alex Rose in the weight throw (17.89m).
The Maroon and Gold swept the top three spots in pole vault on the women’s side. Sophomore Micaela Conter claimed the top spot, with a mark of 11-5. Junior Halley Love and senior Kelly Morrissey tied at second place with a mark of 10-11.
Sophomore Shaya Wilkerson was the lone-Chippewa in the women’s triple jump, her mark of 11.62m was enough for a first place finish.
Led by senior Shawntoreah Turk, the women claimed first through fifth place, in the 200 meter dash. Turk crossed the finish line in 25.54, with teammate Ravyn Baxter close behind with a second place finish in 25.89. Senior Kelsey Ritter finished third in 25.93, while Diamond Hamilton and freshman Cadeisha Browning rounded out the top-five spots finishing 26.04 and 26.33 respectively.
The Chippewas dominated on the one mile run on the men’s side, clinching the top five spots. Junior Ethan Lievense ran to a first place finish with a time of 4:19.98, edging out teammate Nate Ghena who finished in 4:20.90. Closing out the pack for CMU was Spencer Nousain (4:21.75), Ben Wynsma (4:22.09) and Casey Voisin (4:23.29).
In addition to the competition, the Jack Skoog Open also served as senior night to all the seniors on the men’s and women’s squad. Those individuals were honored in between the field and track events.
The final results are posted above in the additional links section.
The Chippewas are back in action next weekend when the distance runners travel to Bloomington, Ind. for the Gladstein Invitational.