Plenty of top 10s for CMU Track & Field
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Zach Libby, CMUChippewas.com
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Two straight weekend meets at Grand Valley State’s Kelly Family Sports Center mark the conclusion of the indoor track and field regular season for Central Michigan.
Now, it’s on to the Mid-American Conference Championships, and it’s decision time for CMU Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Mark Guthrie and his assistant coaches.
With 29 CMU student-athletes already meeting the qualifying standards for next week at Akron, 23 represented the Chippewas at the Grand Valley Tune-Up Meet on Friday. At least a dozen entered the meet within striking distance of meeting the qualifying standard in their respective event.
A majority, Guthrie said, improved their chances after a combined group of 20 runners and jumpers placed in the top 10, including a total of three in the men’s 400-meter dash.
“Some people helped themselves as far as getting onto the bus (for the MAC),” Guthrie said. “Now it’s up to us (coaches) to put it together on Sunday night and Monday, to make good decisions on where to put people for the most points.”
Malik Vasquez was the lone Chippewa to place first on Friday as he led a strong showing in the men’s 400-meter dash, winning in 48.99 seconds. Teammate Quincy Briggs was second (49.12), and CMU’s Archie Sullivan was fifth (49.58).
CMU’s Kyla Walton placed third in the women’s 400 at 57.93.
“Quincy Briggs I thought ran pretty well,” Guthrie said. “His PR before was a 49.04 so he’s showing some consistency. And Kyla is primarily a 400 hurdler so her main event is outdoors. I’m pretty happy with where she’s at right now.”
CMU’s Ali Taha placed second in the men’s long jump at 22 feet, 5 ¾ inches, while the Chippewas’ Kyra Harrison tied for sixth in the women’s long jump at 17-5 ½.
The Chippewas’ Gabriella Beauvais was second in the women’s 200-meter dash, while Berkley Edward was second in the men’s 60-meter dash. Beauvais finished in 24.96 seconds, Edwards in 6.97.
In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, CMU’s Aaron Taylor was third and Shane Moffo placed fourth. Both were clocked at 8.38 seconds.
Guthrie had high praise for high jumper Matt Mueller, who placed second at 6-8 3/4, while Aaron Taylor tied for fourth at 6-4 3/4. CMU’s Emily Helfrich was second in the women’s high jump at 5-3 1/4.
“Matt’s been struggling a little bit so it was good to see him jump pretty well again and get after it,” said Guthrie of Sullivan, the reigning MAC indoor high jump champ. “I liked what I saw and we’re hoping that it translates over to next week.”
Also for CMU, Tony Armstrong was fourth in the men’s pole vault (13-9 ¾), and Agomo Ijeoma was fifth in the women’s triple jump (32-5 ¾).