CMU - Chippewas Send Nine Student-Athletes to NCAA Preliminary
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Nine Central Michigan student-athletes will compete in 10 events at the NCAA Track & Field Championships – East Preliminary at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
The event is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 29, and conclude on Saturday, May 31. The West Preliminary will be contested simultaneously at the University of Arksas.
Forty-eight student-athletes are scheduled to compete in each event at the preliminaries. Twenty-four teams will compete in the relays.
The top 12 placers in each individual event (and top six in each relay) advance to the the NCAA Championships, which are scheduled for June 11-14 at the University of Oregon.
“We are excited and pleased to have nine student-athletes represent CMU at the highest level in the first round of the NCAA Championships,” CMU Director of Track and Field Mark Guthrie said. “We are hopeful many of our athletes will make it to the finals.
“This is a good end to the season as a staff for our first year together.”
Sophomore Devene Brown is the highest-seeded Chippewa, fifth, in the women’s discus. She is also seeded 40th in the women’s shot put.
Also for the CMU women, junior Bridget Doughty is seeded 29th in the 400-meter hurdles; senior Shawntoreah Turk is 36th in the 400-meter dash; junior Milica Kulidzan is seeded 42nd in the javelin; and sophomore Breanne Lesnar is 44th in the 10,000-meter run.
On the men’s side for CMU, freshman Dylan Banagis is seeded 11th in the discus, while sophomore Cole Walderzak is 18th in both the discus and the hammer throw.
Also for the Chippewas, senior Parker Scott, fresh off his second consecutive Mid-American Conference title in the 400 hurdles, is ranked 13th in the event; and Kyle Smith is seeded 32nd in the javelin.