CMU - Bridget Doughty Places Second in 400 Hurdles at MAC Championships

CMU - Bridget Doughty Places Second in 400 Hurdles at MAC Championships

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ATHENS, Ohio – Parker Scott repeated as the 400-meter men’s hurdles champion Saturday to lead Central Michigan at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Ohio University.

“We felt we had a shot to win the event,” said CMU track and field director Mark Guthrie. “Parker had a little of an issue coming out of the Grand Valley meet. He was a little tight in the hamstrings, but we were able to work that out.”

Scott, a senior, was in second place coming over the seventh hurdle, then took the lead and finished in a personal-record 51.25 seconds.

“He looked really good over (hurdles) eight, nine and 10, and looked really, really good coming in,” Guthrie said, adding that the experience of being the defending champion was a plus for Scott on Saturday. “You’re used to being the guy, being hunted, and being in that setting. There was no panic and he was in the rhythm. He knew the race plan and was able to execute it.”

The Chippewas finished fifth of six teams in the men’s standings with 70 points. Eastern Michigan won with 198.5, 18 better than runner-up Akron.

CMU placed sixth in the 12-team women’s team standings with 63 points. Kent State, 132, was first, while Akron, 127, was second.

“I was proud of the effort, proud of the performances,” Guthrie said of his student-athletes, who claimed 21 top-eight finishes on the day. “They did a great job. We’ve got to keep our eye on the ball, keep moving this program forward.

“I thank our seniors for their efforts and their leadership this year. We’ll take a little time to rest up and heal up and then get back at it.”

CMU’s Bridget Doughty placed second in the women’s 400-meter hurdles behind Donna Jeanty of Buffalo. Jeanty finished in 58.35 seconds; Doughty clocked in at 58.89.

“Doughty had a PR by almost a full second,” Guthrie said. “That was a big drop. Pretty pleased with that.”

As expected, the Chippewas shined in throws and distance events.

Devene Brown finished third in the women’s discus (171 feet, 6 inches), while Cole Walderzak (188-2) was third and Dylan Banagis (173-9) finished sixth in the men’s discus.

Five Chippewas scored in the 5,000-meter run. Breanne Lesnar was third, Kelly Schubert seventh and Krista Parks eighth in the women’s 5,000, while Nate Ghena and Spencer Nousain were fifth and eighth, respectively, in the men’s 5,000.

Lesnar finished in 16:51.42, Schubert in 17:07.77, and Parks in 17:10.42. Ghena clocked in at 14:46.90, and Nousain finished in 14:50.51.

CMU’s Diamond Hamilton placed fourth in the women’s 100-meter dash in 11.94, and she ran the opening leg on the Chippewas’ women’s 400 relay team that placed eighth in 47.19.

Kelsey Ritter, Markala Goodson and Dejanae Terry joined Hamilton in the relay.

CMU’s Malik Peacock, Brad Parsons, Curtis Mitchell and Nicholas Malliaras teamed up to placd fifth in the men’s 400 relay, finishing in 41.38.

Ravyn Baxter, Doughty, Emma Fishnick and Kelsey Ross combined for a fifth-place finish in the women’s 1,600 relay, finishing in 3:43.48.

CMU was sixth in the men’s 1,600 relay, finishing in 3:20.81. Mitchell, Scott, Ja’Corey Lipsey and Brad Parsons comprised the squad.

Other CMU student-athletes placing sixth: Megan Heffner, women’s high jump, 5-5 ¼; Nathan Huff, men’s 1,500-meter run, 4:06.33; Lipsey, men’s 400 hurdles, 52.68.

The Chippewas’ Emma Fishnick placed seventh in the women’s 400 hurdles, clocking in at 1:01.84.

Two Chippewas, Anderson Lee and Brandon Piligian, recorded eighth-place finishes. Lee in the men’s 1,500 (4:07.21), and Piligian in the men’s 110 hurdles (15.07).