CMU Track & Field Heads to Saginaw Valley

CMU Track & Field Heads to Saginaw Valley

Provided by CMU

Zach Libby,

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -– The Central Michigan track and field teams return to the Saginaw Valley State University Fieldhouse this weekend where they won 10 events on Dec. 4 to inaugurate the season.

The Chippewas will compete with the host Cardinals along with Oakland in the two-day Jets Pizza Invitational. The event is scheduled to begin on Friday evening and conclude on Saturday.

It is the second time in six days that the Chippewas will do battle with Oakland. The first meeting took place at Eastern Michigan’s Bowen Fieldhouse last weekend, where both the CMU men and women finished second to the host Eagles, winning seven events.

The CMU men finished 29 points behind EMU last weekend, the Chippewa women 38 behind their EMU counterparts. The Eagles are traditionally one of the league’s strongest programs.

“We were close in a couple races and we didn’t finish the job … I’m never happy with that,” CMU Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Mark Guthrie said. “If you’re in it, you have got to beat some people.”

On Friday, the invitational features the 60-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the long jump, and the women’s 800-meter run. Saturday will have the final round for each event for both genders.

Friday’s events will commence at 4:30 p.m., with Saturday kicking off at 11 a.m.

There was a one-month gap from CMU’s first competition of the indoor season to last weekend’s event at Eastern Michigan. The gap is less than a week from that competition to this weekend’s, which essentially serves as a tune-up for next weekend’s Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame.

Tune-up or not, Guthrie carries an itch for winning, and hopes at Saginaw Valley his team can find ways to win in times when they’re needed the most.

“In a meet, the most exciting moments come during critical moments,” Guthrie said. “Can you get it done or can’t you? The culmination of all the practices, the lifting, all the stuff you do to get there, can you do it in a critical moment? That’s what separates everything in a sport.”