Two First For CMU at MAC Championships

Two First For CMU at MAC Championships

Provided by CMU

Andy Sneddon,

MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Central Michigan men won the 4x400 relay and Cole Walderzak captured the men's discus Saturday on the third and final day of the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Ball State's University Track.

Malik Vasquez, Clay Holman, Erick Huertas and Ziemowit Dutkiewicz comprised the Chippewas' 4x400 relay squad which finished in 3 minutes, 9.29 seconds, more than two seconds ahead of second-place Eastern Michigan. Their time was a University Track record.

Vasquez led off the relay and handed to Holman. Huertas ran the third leg and Dutkiewicz anchored, holding off speedy Eastern anchor Tyler Brown.

"When (Holman) took the stick he took off and we had the lead from that point on," CMU director of track & field Mark Guthrie said, adding that the Chippewas were about 15 meters ahead when Dutkiewicz took the baton for the final leg.

"(Dutkiewicz) took off and he never looked back," he said. "Brown closed it down a little bit, but he never could get there. It was exciting for them, exciting for us.

"Nice way to end the meet, but a lot of other good things happened throughout the day as well."

One of those came courtesy of Walderzak and teammate Dylan Banagis in the discus. Walderzak won with a toss of 186 feet, 5 inches, while Banagis was second at 179-9.

On the women's side, CMU's Devene Brown was second in the discus at 173-9. Brown set the Chippewa record in placing fourth in the shot put on Friday. The junior now holds school outdoor records in both the shot put and the discus.

"She had a really nice MAC Championship both in the shot and discus," Guthrie said.

The victory in the relay, the 1-2 finish by Walderzak and Banagis, and Brown's performance were among the highlights of the meet for the Chippewas, who finished fifth in both the men's and women's team standings.

Dutkiewicz, a sophomore from Poland, placed second in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.35 seconds.

Also for the CMU men:

• Vasquez placed fourth (47.52 seconds) and Huertas was seventh (47.88) in the 400.

• Tony Armstrong was fifth (15-11) in the pole vault while Ryan Vincent was sixth (15-5).

• Jamar Hardy, Lorenzo Wells, Curtis Mitchell and Tahshon Reese teamed up for a fifth-place finish in the 4x100 relay (41.01).

• Shane Moffo was sixth in the 110 hurdles (14.64).

• Aaron Taylor and Matt Mueller placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the high jump. Both cleared 6-7.

• Lorenzo Wells was eighth in the 100 (10.67).

• Ja'Corey Lipsey placed eighth in the 400 hurdles (54.46).

• Kyle Allinder was eighth in the 800 (1:52.46).

For the Chippewa women:

• Bridget Doughty placed third (59.83) and Emma Fishnick was fifth (1:00.83) in the 400 hurdles.

• Doughty and Fishnick teamed up with Ravyn Baxter and Kelsey Ross to place fourth in the 4x400 relay (3:44.16).

• Baxter was fourth in the 400 (55.03).

• Diamond Hamilton finished fourth in the 100 (11.82) and Tina Davis placed seventh (12.03).

• Hamilton, Davis, Markala Goodson and Baxter comprised the Chippewas' 4x100 relay squad, which placed sixth (45.94).

• Kelly Schubert (17:10.45) and Kirsten Olling (17:11.25) placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 5,000.

• Ross was eighth in the 800 (2:14.35).

Akron won the women's title with 142 points, while Eastern Michigan (128) was second, and five-time defending champion Kent State (124) was third. CMU finished with 69.

Eastern Michigan won the men's team title for the second straight year with 205 points. Akron (188) was second. The Chippewas finished with 83.5.

Twelve teams comprised the women's competition, while there were six men's teams in the field.

"Most of the time we held serve with our athletes," Guthrie said. "They did a great job. My assistants did a great job of working with them.

"We're clearly a better team than we were a year ago and we'll be a better team next year than we were this year."