CMU - 22 Top-8 Finishes for CMU at Grand Valley Big Meet
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Zach Libby, CMUChippewas.com
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Central Michigan indoor track and field teams got a boost of momentum last week at the Notre Dame Meyo invitational.
The Chippewas rode that momentum to 22 top-eight finishes Friday at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in the Lakers' Kelly Family Sports Center.
The Chippewas' Cole Walderzak and Dylan Banagis finished one-two, respectively, in the men's weight throw invitational to highlight a good performance on the whole for CMU student-athletes.
Mark Guthrie, CMU's Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, said going into the meet that he considered the weight throw to be one the premier events, as more than 60 programs brought competitors to the west side of the Michigan.
Walderzak was first at 69 feet, 5 ½ inches, while Banagis was second at 65-3 1/2.
The Chippewas also got second places from Samantha Cuneo in the women's 400-meter dash (55.48 seconds), from Diavonte Smith in the men's long jump (22-3 ½), and Kevin Weiler in the men's shot put invitational (57-4 ¾). Walderzak was fifth in the shot put (55-3/4).
Three CMU student-athletes recorded third-place finishes on the women's side. Devene Brown was third in the shot put invitational (55-1/2), and McKenzie Wieber and Rebekah Petty tied for third in the pole vault (12-0).
"We got some more MAC qualifiers," Guthrie said. "Throwers were a touch off, but they're really good, so that wasn't a big area of concern. I'd say we hit about 50 percent of what we wanted to, but going into next week, I think we're in better shape than we were this week."
The Chippewas will return to Allendale next Friday for the Grand Valley State Tune-Up. The MAC Indoor Championships are the following weekend at Akron.
"We're in pretty good shape," Guthrie said. "Now it's just a matter of shining the rock a little bit, getting better and see if we can have some positive intake at the MAC championships."
CMU student-athletes who placed fourth on Friday were Kelsey Ross, women's 800-meter run (2:11.14); Shaya Wilkerson, women's triple jump (38-2 ¾); Kylee Dobbelaere, women's weight throw, (58-2); Lorenzo Wells, men's 200-meter dash (21.90); Ziemowitz Dutkiewicz, men's 400-meter dash (47.93); Kevin Harris, men's high jump (6-7 ½); Tony Armstrong and Sam Wagner, men's pole vault (15-5).
Placing fifth for CMU were Tina Davis, women's 200-meter dash (24.73); Kirsten Olling, women's 3,000-meter run (9:47.16); and Nate Ghena, men's 3,000-meter run (8:23.74).
CMU's Benjamin Hayes was sixth in the men's 200 (21.93), Nicholas Malliaras was seventh in the men's long jump invitational (21-1 ½); Ali Taha was seventh in the men's open long jump (21-6); and Shane Moffo was eighth in the men's 60-meter hurdle (8.28).