Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The same story of thrower/jumper dominance rang true for Central Michigan track and field at the Saginaw Valley State Jet’s Pizza Invitational.
Overall, the two groups produced four first-place finishes, four seconds, one third and two fourths across 10 total events.
The men’s and women’s throwers nearly swept the weight throw and the shot put again after accomplishing the feat last week at the SVSU Doug Hansen Open.
Logan Targgart and Kevin Weiler stretched their respective season-opening winning streaks to four in the men’s weight throw and shot put, Erin Howard won the women’s shot put for the second week in a row, and Quiara Wheeler was runner-up in the weight throw.
Targgart topped a field of 31 competitors and reset his personal best for the second time in as many weeks with a 19.52-meter (64 feet, 1/2 inch) effort.
Weiler notched a personal record in his victory as well, beating out 32 other entrants. His toss of 17.48 meters (57-4 1/4) eclipsed his old mark of 17.29 and strengthened his grip on ownership of the top throw in the conference.
“Those guys are steady,” said CMU Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Jenny Swieton. “They’re great guys who want to be better and they come out and show it every time they compete.”
Howard didn’t have her best at this week’s meet, but won with a throw of 14.89 meters (48-10 1/4). Teammates Brooklin Klopf (13.75) and Allee Bunting (13.27) were second and fourth, respectively.
Wheeler followed up last week’s 16.91-meter weight throw heave with a 16.87 (55-4 1/4) at the Jet’s. Unattached Emily Adams registered the only throw better than Wheeler’s at 17.08 meters.
“I think it’s just them coming out and doing what they do,” Swieton said. “They’re all great kids and great athletes who know how to work hard and coach (Matt) Adams does a great job with them. He is very meticulous in training them.”
Nadia Williams took home first place in the triple jump and second in the long jump.
The sophomore’s 11.62-meter (38-1 1/2) attempt was the best among 24 athletes in the triple jump and was just short of her season-best of 11.69. Ja’La Taylor, who holds the best triple jump distance on the CMU women’s team at 11.78 meters (38-7 3/4), was second at 11.41 (37-5 1/4).
Williams narrowly missed the top finish in the long jump with a 5.89-meter leap (19-4), but fell just 1 inch short of York (Ont.) College’s Holly Pitters.
The Mount Horeb, Wis. native also added a second-place result out of 41 in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.70 seconds. Oakland’s Kendell Jefferson ran a blistering 7.58 to win the event.
CMU’s Calli Stemple came in third in the women’s high jump. Stemple was one of only four athletes in the field to clear 1.63 meters (5-4 1/4). Jessica Kluz of Wayne State and Delaney Rogala of Oakland finished first and second, respectively, as the only two to jump 1.68 meters (5-5).
“Our jumpers were good again today, too, and they remain one of the strong points of our team” Swieton said. “They’re working hard, and I think they have the ability to net some big points for us later in the season.”
The Chippewas also got a runner-up from Sam Wagner in the men’s pole vault and a third-place finish from freshman Kasey Staley in the women’s pole vault. Amber Wagner and Corah Kaufman came in right behind Staley in a tie for fourth.
In the running events, CMU’s Samantha Cuneo and Simonae Dismuke placed second and fourth, respectively, out of 51 athletes in the women’s 400 meters. Cuneo in 55.60 seconds, while Dismuke clocked a 56.68. Dismuke took another fourth-place in women’s 200, posting a career-best 25.14.
Aisha Jackson was second in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.90 seconds. Jackson posted the best time of any competitor in the preliminary round, 8.87, which is also a season-best.
CMU’s Emmett Smrcka ran a career-best 1:53.41 for fourth place in the men’s 800 meters. Smrcka was just over two seconds behind Eastern Michigan’s Owen Day – the winner of the event – who also owns the best time in the MAC. Smrcka’s time is now third-best.
CMU’s Logan Kleam recorded a time of 8:23.40 to place fifth in his first-ever attempt in the men’s 3,000 meters.
“It was really nice to have almost the whole team competing again,” Swieton said. “We had fun and I think that showed in some of the results.”
The Chippewas will travel to Akron, Ohio for the Akron Invitational on Feb. 2-3.