Chippewas Post Several Strong Performances At Penn, GINA Relays
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Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
PHILADELPHIA — Central Michigan’s Jake Peister, Kylee Dobbelaere and Nick Malliaras each notched top-six finishes in their respective events at the Penn Relays, one of the premier collegiate track & field meets in the country.
Peister placed second among 34 entrants in the open triple jump on Saturday. His mark of 49 feet, 7 ¼ inches came on his sixth and final jump. It is the second-best jump of Peister’s career, just 7 inches short of his career best that he set at the 2016 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships.
Jared Lewis of Stockton won at 49-9 ¼.
Dobbelaere continued her streak of impressive finishes on Thursday in the women’s hammer throw open with a heave of 192-6. Her third-place effort in the field of 34 competitors comes one week after her school-record performance at the Ohio State Jesse Owens Classic.
Auburn’s Brianna Heilsnis won took the top spot with a throw of 198-1.
Malliaras placed sixth in a field of 38 in the men’s long jump open, measuring at 23-4 ½. The winning mark was 24-7.
Other Chippewas competed closer to home over the weekend at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays.
The first CMU highlight came courtesy of Mark Beckmann, who took home the title in his first collegiate attempt in the men’s 10,000-meter run. His time of 31:10.36 was nearly 23 seconds faster than that of second-place finisher Tanner Wall of Indiana Tech.
CMU’s Joseph Emmanuel was 10th in the men’s 5,000-meter open. He competed in a massive field of 133 entrants.
On Friday, CMU’s Aaron Taylor finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.11 seconds; teammate De’Shaun French was a close third (15.13). French’s time was the best of his Chippewa career.
CMU’s Valerie Johnson was impressive in the women’s hammer throw, placing second in a field of 36 with a toss of 169-11. Sara Eck of Trine won with a throw of 172-11.
The Chippewas will compete in their final regular-season meet, the Toledo Invitational, next weekend. The MAC Championships are scheduled for May 11-13 at Western Michigan.