Men’s track and field is preparing for another year after an impressive 2011-2012 season that culminated in a third-place finish at the Mid-American Conference Championships.
Last season, CMU boasted two All-Americans, six individual MAC champions and seven school record-breaking performances.
This success can be attributed to a combination of strong leadership from veteran athletes supported by a set of committed underclassmen. After graduating several talented seniors, a new group of leaders are preparing to use the lessons of the previous year and continue to grow.
“We’re picking up from where we left off last year, I’m pretty excited,” junior sprinter/hurdler Corey Noeker said. “We put in a ton of hours in during the offseason, out at 6:30 a.m. and back again at 2:30 p.m.; it’s brutal now but it’ll pay off soon enough.”
Despite the loss of two senior All-Americans, three senior conference champions and many other senior student-athletes, the future is bright for the Chippewas.
“The biggest thing year after year is to have the same goals from upper to lower classmen,” track and field director Willie Randolph said. “We’re going to keep gaining momentum and trying to continue to go in the right direction.”
Continuing their momentum is defending MAC Champions senior thrower Alex Rose and senior sprinter/hurdler Renaldo Powell who are complemented by a strong set of underclassmen.
After graduating four senior throwers, junior Calvin Jackson is eager fulfill the role he has inherited.
“A couple of our top guys left, so I have some big shoes to fill,” Jackson said. “We want to win MACs.”
CMU will be facing off against a tough MAC this season, including rivals Akron and Kent State who finished first and second last season.
“We want to win the MAC,” Jackson said.
However, this only makes Randolph more excited to face good competition.
“We fear no one, we call ourselves silent assassins, because we let our play talk for itself,” Randolph said.
The Chippewas open at Eastern Michigan on Friday Dec. 7. Their first home meet will be the CMU Open on Jan. 11.