Walderzak wins the men's hammer throw on the first day of MAC Championships


Standish senior Cole Walderzak throws a discus in the throwing area of the Lyle Bennett Outdoor Track and Field Complex on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. 

On the first day of the Mid-American Conference Championships in Toledo, senior thrower Cole Walderzak won the men’s hammer throw with a season’s best throw of 65.70 meters.

Walderzak, who was ranked first in the MAC heading into the championship, out-threw the second place finisher by approximately a meter and a half and scored 10 points for the Chippewas' team score.

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The throw moves Walderzak from No. 32 to No. 23 in the nation in the men’s hammer throw. The top 48 in the nation qualify for the first round of the NCAA Championships.

Fellow thrower, junior Dylan Banagis took third place in the event with a throw of 61.68 meters.

After the first day of competition, CMU men are in second place with 18 points, behind only Eastern Michigan who has 22.

Competition will resume tomorrow and will finish on Saturday.


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