CMU Update: Kettlewell and Adams Smash Indoor Records

CMU Update: Kettlewell and Adams Smash Indoor Records

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior Josh Kettlewell finished strong on day two of the Penn State National to win the heptathlon and set a new school record in the event, highlighting a successful season debut for the indoor track and field multi-event student-athletes in the heptathlon.

Kettlewell took the seven-event heptathlon with a career-high score of 5,673 – 303 points ahead of runner-up Anya Uzoh of Penn State in the event. His score is also exactly 300 points higher than the previous CMU school record, set in 1998 by Nathan Parker.

"It's amazing," said an excited Kettlewell. "For that record to stand for 13 years or so before it was re-broken and to break it by that large of a margin, it speaks volumes. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend."

Kettlewell was the first of two Chippewas to break school records on Saturday, followed by sophomore Tecumseh Adams in the 5,000m at the Indiana Relays (see story below).

Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Willie Randolph was just as excited as Kettlewell not only about the new record, but about the potential Kettlewell has to improve upon an already stellar performance.

"Josh just said to me that he's on cloud nine right now, coming from being a walk-on to where he's at right now is a dream come true," Randolph said. "I just told him to keep focused on the process and be ready to do it another two times at the conference meet and at nationals."

He won the 60m hurdles in a career-best time of 8.33 and the pole vault with a mark of 16-10.75, and finished fourth in the 1000m run with a time of 2:42.

Though excited about the record, Kettlewell is already thinking about getting back to Mount Pleasant where he can continue to build upon the strong foundation he has laid for himself.

"It may sound funny because I just set a personal record by such a wide margin, but I definitely left some points on the track," he said. "I can make improvements in just about every event. I'm excited to get back to Mount Pleasant and get back to work and to get ready for nationals, hopefully."

Kettlewell becomes the first male CMU indoor track and field student-athlete to set a new school record since 2008 when Abraham Mach eclipsed the previous 800m run record.

"He set the record against some very good former student-athletes who have come through CMU," Randolph said. "It wasn't something that just happened over night. It happened with summer workouts and buying into what new coach Bobby Wilson has been teaching, and really just working hard. He's done a great job and we're really happy for him, but we want him to be really happy at the end of the year when it really matters."

Along the way to the school record and win Kettlewell set career-best marks in five of the seven components. Though his time hasn't yet been submitted to the Track and Field Results Reporting System to determine his national ranking, but compared against the current rankings Kettlewell is ranked second in Division I.

Kettlewell's performance is just 77 points shy of the automatic qualifying mark for the Division I National Championship Meet, and Randolph is confident Kettlewell will qualify based on being near the top of the national rankings.

Sophomore Tim Reynolds also set a career-high score with 5,187 en route to a third-place finish. He set a career best in the 1,000m run with a time of 2:40.36, good for second place. He finished third in the pole vault with a mark of 14-11 and fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.84.

Reynolds' score, based on the present TFRRS national rankings, may put him among the top 12 or 15 in Division I, depending on other results submitted Saturday and Sunday.

Adams Runs First Sub-14 Minute Indoor 5,000m Race in School History

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore distance runner Tecumseh Adams made his season debut in the 5,000m run on Saturday count as he shattered the long-standing CMU indoor track and field record with a 13:53.08 at the Indiana Relays.

Adams finished runner-up in the event after a neck-and-neck race with Andrew Poore of Indiana (13:48.27), but finished 20 seconds clear of the third place finisher.

“I had a big smile on my face when I crossed the finish line,” he said. “I was pretty excited. I knew I had run really well.”

The Harbour Springs native's mark replaces a 23-year-old record of 14:06.7 set by Geoff Goolsby in 1989.

“There are so many good guys who have come through this school,” he said. “The runner who held the record before me was an All-American. I don't have that certificate, but I'd like to get one this year.”

Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Willie Randolph is impressed an athlete as young as Adams can post such impressive marks, and is also excited for what Adams' performance means for the future for both him and the program as a whole.

"For a young athlete such as Tecumseh to go out in his first indoor 5,000m of the year, run through the 3,000m mark at times he hasn't even hit in practice, and to break the school record speaks volumes about him and of where the program and the coaching staff and the level of athletes we're recruiting are going," Randolph said.

As of publication, Adam's time would rank among the top 10 times in Division I so far this season, according to TFRRS.

Adams stuck with a pack of about five runners throughout the first mile, pulled away from the pack with Poore by mile two, and hung with him for another four laps before dropping off the lead pace toward the end to maintain a school-record breaking pace.

Adams' record-breaking result wasn't just an overnight phenomenon – he and his coaches had been talking about and working hard toward the goal of breaking the school record throughout the week leading up to Saturday.

“Part of the decision to come down to Indiana was that I was going to go for the school record, he said. “I told the coaches earlier in the week that I wanted to run around 13:50. The coaches set up splits throughout the week and we talked about race tactics.”

Randolph echoed that sentiment.

"It speaks volumes about hard work, dedication and perseverance,” Randolph said. “When you shoot for good, you do alright, but when you shoot for excellence like Tecumseh, you hit school records and national rankings."

His success comes on the heels of a successful cross country season in which he finished as the Mid-American Conference Champion and finished 69th at the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships.