CMU Men Third, Women 10th at MAC Championships

CMU Men Third, Women 10th at MAC Championships

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Men Finish Third at MAC Championships



AKRON, Ohio - With three individual championships and a school record in the 4x400m relay, the men's indoor track and field team finished third overall at the Mid-American Conference Championships in Akron on Saturday.



"We had a lot of great performances even though we had a lot of adversity we went through on the men's side," director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph said. "They came out and fought and gave everything they had. We just came up a little short. We knew it was going to be a tough competition. We are very proud of these kids. We're very excited and we're looking forward to outdoors."



The Chippewas scored 109 points to claim third place. Akron won the meet with a score of 163, followed by Kent State with 117 points.



Senior multi-event competitor Josh Kettlewell won the heptathlon with a score of 5,465 - just shy of the MAC Championship Meet record of 5,490 and 325 points ahead of the runner-up Alex McCune of of Akron.



Junior hurdler Renaldo Powell claimed an individual championship in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.06, tied for his career-best performance. He won by nearly a tenth of a second over the runner-up Mitchell Seawood of Kent State.



Sophomore long-distance runner Tecumseh Adams followed up his second-place showing in the 5,000m run on Friday with an individual championship in the 3,000m run on Saturday with a time of 8:36.56. He ran neck-and-neck with runner-up Terefe Ejigu of Eastern Michigan until Adams pulled away in the final lap.



The 4x400m relay team (sophomore Clay Holman, sophomore Ross Parsons, senior Christopher Thomas and senior David Ashcraft) finished second and broke the school record with a time of 3:14.19. The previous record of 3:14.6 was set in 2002. The Chippewas had a slight lead heading into the final lap, but Akron ended up winning by .14 of a second.



In addition to being a member of the relay team, Parsons and Ashcraft had themselves a strong day individually. Parsons finished third in the 200m dash finals in a time of 21.76, and fourth in the 60m dash in a season-best tying time of 6.86. Ashcraft claimed fourth in the 400m dash with a season-best time of 48.45.



Sophomore hurdler Cory Noeker finished third in the 60m hurdles with a career-best time of 8.2.



Redshirt freshman long-distance runner Kyle Stacks finished third in the 3,000m run with a career-best time of 8:37.78 - just over a second behind the individual champion Adams.



In the shot put, senior George Flanner was third with a mark of 55-02.25, while classmate Mychael King placed sixth with a throw of 53-11.25. Both marks are new career bests.



Sophomore multi-event competitor Tim Reynolds finished 3rd in the heptathlon with a score of 5,104.



"The biggest thing is that the men's and women's teams are believing, they're fighting, and they're truly understanding what it means to never give up and to compete from beginning to end," Randolph said.



Women Finish Strong at MAC Indoor Championships



AKRON, Ohio - The women's indoor track and field team finished the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday with a number of strong performances from both their veterans and young student-athletes.



The Chippewas finished 10th overall with 32 points, just behind Akron (38) and Ohio (37). Kent State claimed the team championship with 87.5 points.



"We knew we were going to come here and fight, and we knew we were going to be stronger during the outdoor season," director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph said. "By no means am I disappointed or that we're not going to get better. Going into the outdoor season and getting a strong recruiting class next season, we know that things are going to be all right and that we are going in the right direction."



Each of the student-athletes who scored for the Chippewas had either season- or career-best marks - setting themselves up well for the outdoor season. In total, the Chippewas scored in five different events.



Senior long-distance runner Holly Anderson led the way with a fourth-place showing in the 3,000m run in a career-best time of 9:55.17 and a seventh-place finish in the mile run in a career-best time of 4:56.2.



Senior middle-distance runner Veronica Garcia also performed well in the mile run, finishing the race fourth in a career-best 4:54.25.



Sophomore sprinter Shawntoreah Turk followed up her career-best in the 400m dash preliminaries on Friday (54.99) with another, this time recording a 54.74 to earn fifth place.



The 4x400m relay team (freshman Ravyn Baxter, senior Stephanie Hurley, and freshmen Emma Fishnick and Bridget Doughty) recorded a season-best time of 3:46.25 to finish fifth.



Senior Kirlene Roberts matched her time of 7.6 from Friday's preliminaries with another 7.6 in the finals to finish in sixth.



"The biggest thing is that the men's and women's teams are believing, they're fighting, and they're truly understanding what it means to never give up and to compete from beginning to end," Randolph said.

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