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I’m convinced that the Central Michigan track and field long-distance runners could outrun Twitter trends.
A recent trend: CMU track and field distance shattering records.
There are three reasons to watch track and field this season:
Let’s be serious — the basketball program is not good at all.
Central Michigan long-distance runners Tecumseh Adams and Holly Anderson each set long distance records Friday at the Meyo Inviational in South Bend, Ind.
Anderson, senior distance runner, set a 5k record with a time of 16:49.93.
“(Assistant) coach (Matt) Kaczor was excited about the record,” Anderson said.
Willie Randolph looked at a two-year-old photo on the windowsill in his office and named the athletes by seeing just their hands.
The photo, taken during a team huddle at the end of the 2009 track and field Mid-American Conference championship, is clogged with arms and hands.
A couple of Central Michigan men’s track and field athletes entered the weekend eyeing a couple records.
Two reached those goals.
At the Penn State National Saturday, senior multi-event athlete Josh Kettlewell won the seven-event heptathlon with a career-high score of 5,673, which broke a CMU 13-year record.
“He set the multi record, that’s for sure,” assistant coach Matt Kaczor said.
When Tecumseh Adams runs a track race, he is not focused solely on race strategy.
He reads the brand names on opponents’ jerseys, or the colors of the shoes they wear.
“Sometimes when I’m running, I’ll study people’s shoes or jerseys to take my mind off the amount of laps we have to do,” Adams said.
Adams, a sophomore distance runner on the CMU track and field team, won an individual Mid-American Conference championship in cross-country last fall.
He will compete today at the Indiana Relays at the University of Indiana for a spot in the 5k event in the NCAA Indoor Championship in March.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Adams said.
The Central Michigan men’s track and field team finished second place out of four teams at the Jack Harvey Invitational on Friday in Ann Arbor.
The Chippewas competition included Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Detroit Mercy.
Senior multi-event athlete Josh Kettlewell set a personal best in pole vault with a 17-01 vault.
Willie Randolph stood on the track beside Matt Kaczor and the two shouted, waved their arms and encouraged runners passing by.
“Get there, get by them,” the director of track and field, Randolph, yelled along with his assistant coach, Kaczor.
That was Friday, when the Central Michigan men’s and women’s track and field teams both finished in first place over Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Macomb Community College and Aquinas College.
Randolph and Kaczor know it’s another season to aim for a Mid-American Conference championship.
The goal going into the night was to see how the Central Michigan men’s and women’s track and field teams could compete after an onerous week in practice.
Both CMU teams responded with impressive performances finishing first out of five teams at the Chippewa Invitational.
Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Macomb Community College and Aquinas were also at the event.
“The focus was not so much on the performances as much as it was the mentality to compete in spite of your body not being completely where you want it to be at this time of the year,” said Willie Randolph, the director of track and field.”
The Chippewas won with a score of 187 points.
One of four Central Michigan track and field athletes at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Regionals emerged with a shot at a national championship.
“(The athletes) competed at their highest level and we were pretty proud,” said track and field director Willie Randolph.
The Central Michigan men’s track and field team finished third at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships in Dekalb, Ill. May 12 to 14, though the women fared worse at 10th. For the first time since 2006, CMU took third place with 119 points, trailing Kent State and Akron, with Akron winning the conference championship.
For more than two months, the Central Michigan men’s track and field team has been traveling throughout the country in preparation for the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships that will take place in the middle of next month.
The sophomore thrower has consistently been one of the top performers on the men’s team since he arrived on campus last year. He is the favorite to win the Mid-American Conference Ourdoor Championships next month.
Since the 2011 outdoor track and field season began in late March junior thrower Ryan McCullough has consistently improved his career best in the hammer throw. On Saturday, he threw further than any CMU Chippewa ever has before. The junior from Cadillac broke the school record with a toss of 202 feet, five inches at the John Jacobs Invitational hosted by the University of Oklahoma.
Throughout the 2010-2011 track and field season the Central Michigan's men's team has experienced several highs and lows, but one group of athletes have maintained constant success. Since the indoor season began in December, the throwers have been a bright spot for the team and have continued that success so far in the outdoor season.
Whether it was out west or down the road, the Central Michigan women's track and field team racked up first place finishes all weekend. While some of the team took part in the Mid-Major Challenge at Sacramento State University, the rest made the quick jaunt west to Ferris State University in Big Rapids to compete in the Bulldog Invitational.
The tone for the rest of the Central Michigan women's track and field season could be set this weekend when CMU sends a few athletes to the Mid-Major Challenge in California. Also attending the meet in Sacramento, home of Sacramento State University, will be Wichita State, Utah State, Fresno State, Portland State, UC-Davis and the University of Nevada, making the Chippewas the only team in the meet to come from the Midwest.
The Central Michigan men’s track and field team continues to roll. After posting 17 Top-5 finishes and winning four events last weekend, the Chippewas put together one of their best meets of the year, finishing first out of nine teams over the weekend at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge in Toledo, Ohio. CMU won the meet with 250 points, 85 points more than second-place Buffalo.The men had posted a dominant performance, securing 23 Top-3 finishers.
The Central Michigan track and field teams had to deal with every kind of weather imaginable at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge. From sun to snow and a lot of wind and rain mixed in, the men's team finished in a close fourth behind fellow Mid-American Conference teams Eastern Michigan, Buffalo and Bowling Green.
The Central Michigan men’s track and field team traveled to warmer climates this weekend to escape the inclement weather in Michigan. As it turns out, the poor weather found them anyway. The Chippewas sent most of the team to the Black and Gold Invitational — hosted by the University of Vanderbilt — in Nashville, Tenn., over the weekend to open the outdoor season, but the meet was cut short due to severe weather in the area.
The Central Michigan women’s track and field team opened up the outdoor season with a strong start this weekend. Most of the team traveled to the Vanderbilt-hosted Black and Gold Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., while distance runners senior Danielle Dakroub and freshman Krista Parks went to Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.