Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - After finishing second in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2016 Mid-American Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships and then redshirting in 2017, Shane Moffo's time finally came on Saturday at the 2018 MAC Indoors.
The Central Michigan junior clocked a career-best time of 7.99 seconds to win the event, earning the top spot on the podium for the first time and walking away with First Team All-MAC honors.
"I really can't explain it," Moffo said. "It was such an unreal moment - a surreal moment - it was like a blackout. After that third hurdle, it was just so smooth and I'm glad my training and everything my coach (Andre English) gives me helped me come out with the W. I'm very, very thankful.
"That entire year off was a huge mental year for me. Just to be able to use my strength that I developed over that year, and my speed and mental game, and put it all together - it's indescribable."
Moffo beat out No. 1 seed Devonte Findlay - who ran a 7.89 in his qualifying heat. Findlay finished in 8.01.
CMU's other big highlight came in the last event of the night. The Chippewa women's 4x400-meter relay team - comprising Gabriella Beauvais, Simonae Dismuke, Kyla Walton and Sam Cuneo - held off runner-up Eastern Michigan to take the top spot.
Beauvais recovered from a bad start to put the Chippewas in the lead after one leg, and Dismuke maintained it in leg two. Walton marginally widened the gap marginally in leg three, and and then Cuneo edged EMU star Jasmine Jones to secure the victory in the anchor leg. CMU's time was 3:43.48 to Eastern's 3:43.56.
MEN 4th, WOMEN 6th
The CMU men's team finished fourth out of five teams with 75 points, it's highest team total since 2012. The CMU women were sixth out of 12 teams with 52 points.
Beauvais took second place in the 400 meters with a lifetime best 54.74 seconds, which was the best time in the second finals section. Jones from EMU won, crossing the line at 54.56. Beauvais came into the weekend with the fifth-best time in the conference.
Simonae Dismuke added three points for the CMU women's total with her sixth-place finish in the 400 in 56.64.
Nadia Williams was second in the 200 with a mark of 24.37 seconds, the second-best of her career. EMU's Jones, the lone senior in the finals, won in 23.98. Beauvais was fifth at 24.73 seconds.
The Chippewas' Kevin Weiler heaved the shot put 17.43 meters (57 feet, 2 1/4 inches) on the final throw to claim second place and score eight points. Kent State's David Paliscak, the No. 2 seed, was victorious with the best throw in the MAC this season, 17.69. Prior to Saturday, Weiler had held the top spot in the conference for the past three weeks.
Chippewa freshman Jack Dodge turned in a Second Team All-MAC performance with a career-best time of 21.53 seconds in the men's 200. Kent State senior Riak Reese, who was named the meet's Most Outstanding Track Performer, won in 21.27.
OTHER CMU PLACERS
The CMU men's 4x400-meter relay team -Dodge, Erick Huertas, Lorenzo Wells and Roshawn Morton - came in third place behind Eastern Michigan and Akron. CMU missed the runner-up position by an extremely narrow margin, five thousandths of a second.
Morton, a freshman who ran anchor, was originally slated to redshirt this season, but was inserted into the lineup after impressive showings in recent practices. The young Chippewa showed some grit when he collided with Kent State's TJ Lawson near the finish line and still managed to record the third-place finish.
CMU's Erin Howard threw the shot put 15.06 meters (49-5) on her final attempt and landed it just inside the right sector line to finish in fourth place. Freshman Brooklin Klopf took sixth with a 14.83-meter throw (48-8), which gave CMU a combined eight points.
Chippewa Logan Kleam grinded his way to fourth place in the men's 3,000 meters with a time of 8:29.18, the last of three distance events on the weekend for the redshirt freshman. Kleam was third in Friday's 5,000 meters and also ran the 1,600-meter leg of the distance medley relay.
Huertas claimed fifth place in the men's 400 in 48.83.
CMU's Joe Seghi finished fifth in the men's heptathlon. The junior won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.15 seconds, and the shot put with a career-best 13.10-meter (42-11 3/4) attempt. Seghi was also third in both the 60 hurdles and the pole vault portions, and took fifth in the 1,000-meter run.
Berkley Edwards came in fifth place in the men's 60-meter dash finals with a time of 6.92 seconds.
Luke Anderson claimed one point for the Chippewa men with his sixth-place finish in the mile. Anderson finished amongst a tightly packed group of runners that placed fourth through seventh. The difference between those four positions in the race was barely more than half a second.
Triple jumper Ryan Taylor jumped 14.51 meters (47-7 1/4) on his first leap before an ankle injury on his second attempt forced him out of the competition. The 14.51 still held up for a sixth-place result and tallied another point for CMU's men.
Freshman pole vaulter Michaela Peramaki grabbed two points for the women's team, clearing 3.69 meters (12-1 1/4) on her second attempt for the first time in her young career. The personal best was an improvement of 5 1/4 inches.