The men’s indoor track and field team is hosting the Jack Skroog Meet in the last week of competition before the Mid-American Conference Championships.
This meet will be used as a chance to build confidence for a young CMU team before entering the tense competition next weekend. Only 21 men will compete, in order to give weary bodies a chance to rest up and collect themselves before the trials ahead.
Director of track and field Willie Randolph said that being home this weekend will be a much-needed change of pace from their previous weeks of competition.
“Travelling takes a toll, sometimes being at home brings a sense of calmness and ability to focus and really understand where you’re at,” Randolph said. “I want them to have that extra edge from being at home and being in their own zone.”
Most distance runners and some top sprinters will not be participating on Friday, which allows some freshman to step up and gain experience.
The throwers are not taking a break this week however, instead focusing on fine tuning their throws and improving their marks. Senior Alex Rose and junior Calvin Jackson have both qualified for MACs and are taking advantage of this time to continue to prepare.
Rose has been a consistent force in his events this season. He’s ranked fourth in the conference in shot put and sixth in the weight throw. Jackson is ahead in the weight throw, ranking fourth after his performance at the Findlay Indoor Open two weeks ago.
Also gaining a good tune up before the end of the season are the CMU hurdlers. Junior Cory Noeker, sophomore Christopher Schmidt, and freshman Chaz Bradshaw will be getting one last shot to train before championships.
Noeker and Bradshaw are both ranked in the top fifteen in the MAC in the 60m hurdles. Noeker secured a spot in 7th after qualifying at the GVSU Quad. Bradshaw is close behind, ranking eleventh.
In all, the Chippewas have 25 athletes who have qualified for the MAC Championships. This puts Central Michigan in a good place for the upcoming competition.
“We’re a young team moving forward with some key people stepping up and going in the right direction,” Randolph said. “While having some people who are still learning to help hopefully be a part of that.”