CMU - Baxter Leads CMU at WKU; Walworth Strong at Northwood

CMU - Baxter Leads CMU at WKU; Walworth Strong at Northwood

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The wind was howling throughout the duration of the Hilltopper Relays at Western Kentucky University on Saturday, but that didn't stop student-athletes on the track and field team from recording strong performances.



“We saw a very competitive team that went out there and gave everything they had,” director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph said. “They were all competing hard and we had some student-athletes really go out and get some great times as a result, despite the heavy wind.”



Freshman sprinter Ravyn Baxter headlined the Chippewas' strong results by winning the women's 400m dash in a time of 56.58.



Senior sprinter/hurdler Stephanie Hurley claimed runner-up honors in the women's 400m hurdles in a career-best 1:02.47. Prior to Saturday, Hurley had only competed in the event one time. Fellow 400m hurdler and sophomore Megan Heffner finished third in a career-best 1:02.62, while freshman Bridget Doughty finished fifth (1:03.5).



Heffner also finished fourth in the high jump (5-05).



A pair of hurdlers earned the top finishes for the men's team. Junior Renaldo Powell finished fourth in the 110m hurdles in a wind-aided career-best time of 14.37, while senior Branden Post finished fourth in the 400m hurdles (53.99).



Freshman sprinter Diamond Hamilton had a very strong day with fifth-place finishes in the women's 100m and 200m dashes, with wind-aided career-best times of 12.03 and 24.85, respectively.



In addition to Hamilton, the Chippewas placed three other student-athletes in the top-ten of the 100m dash. Senior Kirlene Roberts finished sixth (12.03), senior Dierra Riley finished eighth (12.10) and sophomore Kelsey Ritter finished 10th (12.22).



On the men's side, sophomore Ross Parsons had a similarly successful day. He finished fifth in the 100m dash (10.65) and sixth in the 200m dash (21.75).



Sophomore Clay Holman led a CMU 5-6-7 finish in the men's 400m dash with a time of 49.15. Senior David Ashcraft finished sixth (49.23) and senior Christopher Thomas finished seventh (49.69).



In the short hurdles, junior Tamica Harbour finished sixth in the women's 100m hurdles (14.47), while sophomore Cory Noeker placed sixth in the men's 110m hurdles (14.62).



The women's 4x100m relay team (Roberts, Riley, Ritter, Hamilton) finished runner-up (46.85).



The Chippewas will again be all over the country next weekend. The sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers/vaulters will remain close to home at Grand Valley for the Al Owens Classic on Friday and Saturday. The distance runners will be competing at the Polytan Invitational at Indiana University on Saturday and Sunday. The throwers will be making the trip to California for the Mt. SAC Relays at Walnut, Calif. between Thursday and Saturday.







Northwood Open Recap



MIDLAND, Mich. - Central Michigan track and field student-athletes won nine events at Saturday's unscored Northwood Open in sunny, mid-60s, and breezy conditions,



In total, the men's team claimed six individual events, while the women's team won three. The Chippewas were represented primarily in the field events and middle-distance races, with student-athletes also in the hurdles and the long distance races.



Junior thrower Alex Rose led the way for the men's team, winning both the men's shot put (55-11) and the discus (171-08).



Freshman thrower Kyla Walworth also turned in a strong performance for the women's team, winning the discus (141-11) and finishing runner-up in the shot put (41-01).



Senior multi-event student-athlete Josh Kettlewell won the men's pole vault (16-04.75), and finished runner-up in the 110m hurdles (14.98).



The middle-distance events were strong for the Chippewas, winning both the men's 1,500m and women's 800m runs. Redshirt freshman Ethan Lievense comfortably won the 1,500m (4:00.83), while senior Veronica Garcia was victorious in the women's 800m run (2:14.86). In the men's 800m run, junior Nathan Sanchez ran a career-best and 2012 CMU best 1:53.59 in a runner-up showing.



Senior Emily Dienhart won the 100m hurdles (14.72).



Sophomore thrower Kyle Smith claimed the javelin title (162-01).



Finishing runners-up in their respective events were senior Kevin Mays (men's weight throw/176-02); senior Mychael King (men's shot put/53-11.25); senior Kevin Bacon (men's long jump/22-08.5); senior Joseph Jankowski (men's pole vault/15-05); and sophomore Nick Rainey (men's javelin/159-06).



Finishing third for the Chippewas were junior Kayla Brindley (women's shot put/38-09 and women's discus/136-03); senior George Flanner (men's shot put/52-01.25); sophomore Calvin Jackson (men's hammer throw/career-best 169-07); and redshirt freshman Tanner Pesonen (5,000m run/15:40.6).



The Chippewas will again be all over the country next weekend. The sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers/vaulters will remain close to home at Grand Valley for the Al Owens Classic on Friday and Saturday. The distance runners will be competing at the Polytan Invitational at Indiana University on Saturday and Sunday. The throwers will be making the trip to California for the Mt. SAC Relays at Walnut, Calif. between Thursday and Saturday.

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