Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Sophomore sprinter/jumper Nadia Williams is off to a hot start to the 2017-18 indoor track and field season, claiming victories in two events to lead Central Michigan at the at the season-opening Saginaw Valley State Holiday Open.
The Mount Horeb, Wis. Native won the women's long jump and the 60-meter dash, the latter in a personal-best 7.55 seconds.
Williams followed that up with a first place in the long jump, winning with an attempt of 5.78 meters. The victory came in impressive fashion, as runner-up Dana Turner of Northwood came in well short of Williams' mark at 5.37 meters.
"She ran and jumped really well," CMU Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Jenny Swieton said of Williams. "The crazy thing is that she probably ran even faster during the preliminaries, but because of an issue with the timing crew she had to run it again. She blew everybody out of the water."
The Chippewa men's throwers also had a big day, sweeping the weight throw and the shot put.
Redshirt sophomore Logan Targgart took the top spot in the weight throw with a personal-record toss of 19.11 meters. Like Williams in the women's long jump, Targgart was decisive in his victory, beating out the second-place finisher and No. 1-seeded Paul Evans of Northwood by a full meter.
CMU's Kevin Weiler won the shot put with a heave of 17.39 meters and was the only competitor to eclipse the 17-meter mark.
"They did really well, but you would never know it with how modest they both are," Swieton said. "It was also encouraging to see how they got better as the meet went on. They started a little slow, but once they got going they were both really great."
CMU freshman Ryan Taylor, a highly touted triple jumper out of Kitchener, Ontario, claimed first place in his first collegiate meet with a 14.51-meter leap. He was 1.03 meters better than Oakland's Brandon Davis, who finished second.
"He's a stud," Swieton said. "He and most of our other jumpers ran on a short approach today, so to see him almost match his all-time PR on a short approach like that was really encouraging for what he can do in the future. That's really hard to do, especially as a freshman."
The women's 4x400-meter relay team, made up of Simonae Dismuke, Gabriella Beauvais, Kyla Walton and Williams, also took first place with a time of 3:51.84.
Central Michigan got second-place finishes from Sam Wagner (men's pole vault), Conor Naughton (men's 5,000 meters), Emily Helfrich (women's high jump), Calli Stemple (women's triple jump, high jump), and the men's 4x400-meter relay team.
CMU also got a third-place result from freshman Brooklin Klopf in the women's shot put.