The Central Michigan track and field team had a busy weekend competing in five meets around the country.
The Chippewas traveled throughout Michigan, Indiana and California in a four-day stretch that resulted in many career bests.
At the Polytan Invitational, held in Indiana, the CMU distance team for the men saw a career day for many athletes. Sophomore Tecumseh Adams ran a career best 3:46 to finish fourth in the 1,500-meter run. Adam’s time was two seconds off from tying the school record set in 1983 by Bob Duerksen.
Adams wasn’t the only runner who had a career day. Ben Wynsma, Kyle Stacks, Jason Drudge and Ethan Lievense all finished with career bests.
On the women’s side, Holly Anderson, Raeanne Lohner, Veronica Garcia and Krista Parks finished with career bests.
“I think the long-distance team is going in a solid direction, along with the other groups,” said Willie Randolph, director of track and field. “Tec (Adams) has always been someone who is very talented, but he is starting to come into his maturation with proper coaching. It’s exciting to see that group come together as a whole.”
Sprinters, hurdlers and the field team competed at Grand Valley State University Saturday and had a strong performance.
Sophomore hurdler Cory Noeker won first place in the 110-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 14.46.
The relay teams helped CMU dominate by winning both the men’s and women’s 4×400 meter relays.
“Very good meet; very good solid performances,” Randolph said. “But again, we want to make sure those performances are duplicated at the conference championship in three weeks.”
The trip to California was successful for the CMU throwers at California State University in the Los Angeles Twilight Open.
Junior Alex Rose won the men’s discus, while on the women’s side, freshman Milica Kulidzan won the women’s javelin. Rose threw a season best 179-00 and won the competition by more than 11 feet.
CMU also competed at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids Saturday.
Senior Josh Kettlewell won the men’s pole vault, while sophomore Tim Reynolds won men’s long jump. On the women’s side, Emily Dienhart won the 100-meter hurdles with a career best of 14.55.
Randolph said he is pleased with how those in the program are performing.
“It goes from great recruiting to communication and focus and making sure you’re finding the right athletes for your program,” Randolph said. “It’s developing the athlete.”