YPSILANTI, Mich. –The Chippewas continued to post qualifying marks for the MAC Indoor Championship at the Compass Cup Saturday, the first scored meet of the season for CMU.
“In general we had a great meet, obtained a lot of personal bests and automatic qualifying MAC performances,” director of track and field Mark Guthrie said. “I was proud of the way we competed for both men and women. I thought we showed great team spirit, great attitude and I thought we took a big step forward.”
On the men’s side the Maroon and Gold placed second with a score of 89.5, behind in-state foe Eastern Michigan (128.5), Buffalo placed third with a score of 70.
Sophomore Nate Ghena qualified for the MAC meet in the 3,000-meter race in a time of 8:25.08, clinching a third place finish. Teammate Spencer Nousain followed close behind with a fourth place finish in 8:34.57.
Senior Renaldo Powell raced to a first place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 7.91.
The 4x400 team made up of Clay Holman, Curtis Mitchell, Ziemowit Dutkiewicz and Malik Vasquez finished in second place posting a time of 3:16.47.
Senior Alex Rose notched an automatic qualifying mark in the shot put with a second place throw of 56-07.50.
The women earned a third place finish, scoring 114.5. Eastern Michigan clinched the top spot (145), Western Michigan placed second (123) and Buffalo placed fourth (112.5).
Redshirt freshman Breanne Lesnar ran a personal best in the 3,000-meter race in a time of 9:52.50. The second place finish automatically qualifies Lesnar for the MAC Indoor Championships.
Senior Megan Heffner just edged her previous personal best set earlier this season in the high jump, boasting a 5-08.75 first place mark.
In the triple jump Shaya Wilkerson earned a first place finish with an automatic qualifying mark, and personal best of 39-05.25.
The Chippewas will travel to Ohio for the Akron Invitational Feb. 7 – Feb. 8.