June 3, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Kyle Smithwill represent Central Michigan at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon June 11-14.
Smith qualified for the championships in the javelin, finishing 11th over the weekend at the East Preliminary at the University of North Florida.
Smith's throw covered 219 feet, 9 inches. Chris Carper won the event with a throw of 239-9.
The top 12 finishers in each individual event (and top six in each relay) advance to the NCAA Championships where they will be joined by top performers out of the West Preliminary, which was held over the weekend at the University of Arkansas.
Nine Chippewas competed in 11 events at the East Preliminary. Sophomore Devene Brownjust missed out on a trip to Eugene as she finished 13th in the women's discus. Brown's best throw, 172-8, was four inches shy of that of 12th-place finisher - and national qualifier - Jessica Ramsey of Western Kentucky.
Kellion Knibb of Florida State won the event with a throw of 201-3.
Brown also placed 38th in the women's shot put with a toss of 47-5. Dani Bunch of Purdue was first with a 57-3/4 throw.
CMU's Cole Walderzak, a sophomore, finished 16th in the men's hammer throw at 204-2. Alex Poursanidis, a freshman from Georgia, won the event at 227-3.
Walderzak placed 19th and CMU freshman Dylan Banagiscame in 38th in the men's discus. Rodney Brown of LSU won the event with a throw of 207-10. Walderzak's top toss measured at 180-1, while Banagis' best was 167-6.
CMU senior Parker Scottfinished 23rd in the men's 400-meter hurdles in 52.66 seconds. Rilwan Alowonle of North Carolina won in 50.11.
CMU junior Breanne Lesnarfinished 27th in 35 minutes, 30.79 seconds in the women's 10,000 meters. Erin Finn of Michigan was first in 33:13.46.
CMU's Milica Kulidzanplaced 45th in the women's javelin with a throw of 130-7. Fawn Miller of Florida won with a throw of 190-0.