Women Win Five Events, Men Take Three at Indoor Opener - CMU

Women Win Five Events, Men Take Three at Indoor Opener - CMU

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GRAND RAPIDS - The Central Michigan men's and women's indoor track teams opened the 2011-12 season by winning eight events at Friday's Grand Valley State University Early Bird unscored meet.

Student-athletes from the women's team won five events, while the men claimed victories in three.

"I was pleased with the way we competed as a whole and supported each other throughout the entire meet," said Willie Randolph, Director of Track and Field and Cross Country. "We got a lot of wins, but with those wins we recorded a lot of good marks, which makes a difference this early in the season. It's exciting to see that our athletes have some good marks to work with to keep them motivated."

Both the men and women were particularly strong in the 60m hurdles. Junior Tamica Harbour led three Chippewas in the top four of the finals with her first-place finish in 8.87 seconds. FreshmanBridget Doughty finished second in 8.93, while sophomore Megan Heffner finished fourth in 9.15.

Junior Renaldo Powell won the men's 60m hurdles race in 8.21, and sophomore Cory Noker finished runner-up in 8.37.

The Chippewas also swept the 300m dash and 600m between the two teams. Senior Stephanie Hurley ran a :40.54 to win the second heat, edging out the winner of the first by .17 seconds. SeniorDavid Ashcraft won the men's race with a time of :34.96.

A pair of true freshmen won the 600m run for both teams. Ravyn Baxter finished in 1:37.03 to claim the top spot on the women's side, while Lucas Bade ran a 1:21.29 to win the men's side.

Senior Christina Farrow came back in the final few laps to win the mile run in a time of 5:22.91.

Sophomore Shawntoreah Turk won the 400m dash in :56.51.

The throwers and most of the distance runners did not compete in the meet.

The Chippewas do not compete again until the turn of the new year, when they host the Chip Invite on January 13.