CMU - Track and Field Finishes Fifth at MAC Indoor Championships
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KENT, Ohio – The men and women’s track and field team concluded its indoor season at the Mid-American Conference Championships this weekend at the Kent State Field House in Kent, Ohio.
Both the men and women finished in fifth place with 42 and 52 points respectively. On the women’s side, host Kent State claimed first place for the second-straight year with 127.50 points while Akron came out on top for the men with 140 points.
The Chippewas were among 12 MAC institutions competing on the women’s side while the men were accompanied by four other MAC foes at the weekend’s competition.
"I thought we had a great meet today on both sides," director of track and field Mark Guthrie said. "I thought we responded well and both teams were really competitive. The student athletes learn lessons and keep moving forward and continue to get better one day at a time."
Senior Shawntoreah Turk raced to a first place finish en route to setting a new MAC record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.76, surpassing the old mark set in 2007 of 54.94. This is Turk's first career MAC Champion honor.
In the 5000-meter run sophomore Breanne Lesnar earned CMU’s lone five points on Friday with a fourth place finish in a time of 16:54.29.
Lesnar and teammate Kelly Schubert raced to a third and fourth place finish in a time of 9:48.15 and 9:49.34 respectively.
Sophomore Alyssa Dyer raced to an eighth place finish in the one-mile run in the time of 4:46.55.
The 4x400 relay team made up of Bridget Doughty, Ravyn Baxter, Kelsey Ross and Turk finished third with a mark of 3:44.88
In the high jump senior Megan Heffner and sophomore Shaya Wilkerson placed third and fifth respectively. Heffner earned the team six points after posting a mark of 5-08.00 while Wilkerson earned four points matching a career-high 5-06.00 finish.
Wilkerson went on to place seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 38-07.75
In the pole vault Micaela Conter and Kelly Morrissey tied for eighth place posting a mark of 11-11.75.
In the 800-meter run Kyle Allinder raced to a fifth place finish in a time of 1:51.68.
Sophomore Nate Ghena and redshirt freshman Spencer Nousain earned a combined six points in the men’s 5000-meter run with a fourth and fifth place finish in a time of 14:30.16 and 14:37.65 respectively.
Renaldo Powell had a career day setting a new Kent State Field House record, school record and personal record in the 60-meter hurdles earning a first place, MAC Champion finish in a time of 7.74. The senior’s finish earned CMU 10 points.
The distance medley team made up of Nathan Huff, Parker Scott, Tyler Hamilton and Ethan Lievense finished third in a time of 9:53.60 en route to breaking the school record by one second (9:54.60), set in 1986.
In the one-mile run Lievense ran to a fifth place finish in a time of 4:10.91. The junior also finished fifth in the 3000-meter run in a time of 8:25.06.
The men’s 4x400 team of Malik Vasquez, Clay Holman, Curtis Mitchell and Scott placed fourth with a mark of 3:14.29.
Sophomore Cole Walderzak finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 58-00.50.
The final results can be found in the additional links section.