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With the recent snowstorm dumping several inches on Mount Pleasant, it’s hard to believe that Central Michigan track and field’s outdoor season is set to begin this weekend. Luckily, the schedule makers know a thing or two about Michigan and have the Chippewas competing in much warmer climates.
The Central Michigan women’s track and field team is ready to kick off the new outdoor season this weekend as they escape the cold snow of Mount Pleasant for Nashville, Tenn., and Palo Alto, Calif. Traveling to the Stanford-hosted meet in California with assistant coach Matt Kaczor will be distance runners Danielle Dakroub and freshman Krista Parks.
Success is not something that is given. It’s something that is earned. Kevin Mays, a junior thrower on the Central Michigan men’s track and field team, has no doubt earned his success. While the team itself finished fifth out of five teams at last weekend’s Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Mays won the weight throw and was named outstanding field event performer, an award voted on by the conference coaches.
The Central Michigan women’s track and field team didn’t get what they wanted last week at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships. But for some athletes, the indoor season isn’t over yet. The Chippewas will head to South Bend, Ind., for the Alex Wilson Invitational this weekend, where they will try and get some athletes qualified for nationals. The NCAA meet accepts the top 16 to 18 scorers in the country.
The chips were stacked against Whitney Johnson when she came to Mount Pleasant. She’s endured a broken home and changing environments on a regular basis. Now, the senior thrower on the Central Michigan women’s track and field team has everything she wants. “I came to CMU with no car and $25 to my name,” Johnson said. Despite hardships, Johnson came to CMU as the first person in her family to go to college.
After weeks of preparation and countless practices, the Central Michigan women’s track and field team is finally ready to head to Bowling Green, Ohio, and compete in the biggest event of the indoor season. The Chippewas were runner-up last season, finishing second behind Kent State by just seven points. This season, CMU is one of the favorites to win. Among the women’s competition this year is returning MAC champions Kent State and Eastern Michigan, the team with the most No. 1 rankings in the nation.
Central Michigan women’s track and field returned home for the first time in more than a month on Friday for the annual Jack Skoog Open. Many of the premiere athletes did not compete in the open so they can rest up and prepare for the Mid-American Conference championships this weekend in Bowling Green, Ohio. The meet gave the team's younger athletes an opportunity to shine in front of the home crowd.
A week before the biggest competition of the track and field indoor season, the Central Michigan track and field teams will be taking it easy. Most of the premiere athletes will not be participating, so that they can rest and prepare mentally for the MAC championships next week. It will not be team scoring, but other schools like Alma and Michigan Tech will be in action.
Field events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. while running events will get underway at 6 p.m.
Most of the premiere athletes will not be participating, so that they can rest and prepare mentally for the MAC championships next week. It will not be team scoring, but other schools like Alma and Michigan Tech will be in action.
The Central Michigan men’s track and field team finished up another weekend of competition at two different meets on Saturday.
The majority of the team traveled to Allendale to compete in Grand Valley State’s Big Meet, while the throwers were in Akron, Ohio, to compete in the Akron Invitational.
On Saturday, the second of the two days of competition, the Chippewas had some good performances in multiple areas. Most notably, freshman Brett Kuhn took eighth in the long jump with a jump of 21 feet, 8 1/4 inches and Joshua Kettlewell who took fourth in the pole vault after he cleared 15 feet, 9 inches.
The term "competition" can be taken in many ways in track and field. While an athlete competes against athletes from other schools around the country, they are also in competition with teammates and, most importantly, with themselves. This weekend, members of Central Michigan’s men’s track and field team will be focusing on those “personal competitions” as they travel to Allendale to compete in the two-day Grand Valley Big Meet.
The Central Michigan women’s track and field team is inching closer to the Mid-American Conference championships. But before they get there they have two more weekends of invites to get through in an attempt to strengthen their scores and add some more confidence going into the conference championships, scheduled for Feb. 25 Feb. 26 in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Members of the Central Michigan track and field team finished up competition at the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame on Saturday.
The sprinters and the hurdlers were the only Chippewas at the meet and posted some strong scores, led by freshman Ross Parsons who finished 11th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.93 seconds, this after he set a personal record in the preliminaries. Parsons also competed in the 200-meter dash and took 10th with a time of 22.15 seconds, also a career-best.
Until the Mid American Conference championships, it doesn’t matter what place you come in. All that matters to track and field director Willie Randolph is times and measurements. Senior Shayane Carr was the only athlete to finish in the top five of any event at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., but what matters is that nearly every athlete improved on their times this season.
After having last week off, the sprinting and hurdling members of the men’s track and field team will return to action this weekend. The members will travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete at the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame.
One underclassmen having a good season is Tamica Harbour. The sophomore sprinter and hurdler is currently No. 9 in the Mid-American Conference listings at the 60-meter hurdles and won the event last weekend at Saginaw Valley after coming off a hip flexor.
The Central Michigan men's s track and field team finished up their weekend of competition Saturday with three first place-finishes in Ohio. Junior jumper Jacob McDonald continued his hot streak, winning the high jump and triple jump. Junior Josh Kettlewell led a trio of Chippewas to an event sweep in the pole vault, clearing 15 feet, 11 inches. Finishing second and third behind Kettlewell were redshirt freshman Tim Reynolds and junior Joseph Jankowski, respectively, with vaults of 14-5 1/4 and 13-11 1/4 feet.
The Central Michigan women's track and field teams traveled to three different meets this weekend. Distance runners Raeanne Lohner and Danielle Dakroub went to Indiana, while throwers and a few runners went to Saginaw Valley State with track and field director Willie Randolph. On Saturday, some of the field event athletes traveled to Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete at the Tom Wright Classic.
Members of the Central Michigan women’s track and field team will be going their separate ways this week as director of track and field Willie Randolph is sending his team to three different meets.
The Central Michigan women’s track and field team is looking to have a strong start to the 2011 indoor season today at the Chippewa Invite at the Indoor Athletic Complex. It has been a long break for the team as they haven’t competed since the Chippewa Open on Dec. 3 which was a glorified scrimmage.