CMU - Chippewas 5th, 7th At MAC Track & Field Championships

CMU - Chippewas 5th, 7th At MAC Track & Field Championships

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Andy Sneddon,

AKRON, Ohio - Steps in the right direction.

Yet there is still plenty of work ahead, plenty of ground to make up.

The Central Michigan women placed seventh and the men were fifth at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at Akron's Stile Athletics Field House. The two-day meet concluded on Saturday.

"I thought we had a pretty darned good meet," CMU director of track & field Mark Guthrie said. "Lot of high finishes. We only had a couple spots were we let it get away from us on the men's side.

"On the women's side it showed how young we are. We have some talented ladies, we've got a good (recruiting) class coming in, and we've got to get them more seasoned. A little work to do there, but again we're young.

"Typical track meet: You have some good and you have some bad. You celebrate on and work on the other."

The Chippewa men scored 64 points - the same number they posted last season. Buffalo was fourth with 71½. Eastern Michigan finished first with 135.

The CMU women finished with 41 points, just three points behind sixth-place Buffalo (44) and five behind fifth-place Western Michigan (46). Just seven points separated the fifth-place team and the eighth-place team. CMU finished eighth with 39 3/4 points a year ago.

Eastern Michigan edged second-place Akron, 127-126, for the title.

Five teams comprised the men's meet, while the women's meet comprised 12 teams.

Central Michigan on Saturday managed three second-place finishes: Shane Moffo in the men's 60-meter hurdles (8.04 seconds), Devene Brown in the women's shot put (51 feet, 8 ½ inches), and Kevin Weiler in the men's shot put (59-1 1/2).

The Chippewa men finished third in the 1,600-meter relay, setting a school record in the process. Ziemowit Dutkiewicz, Erick Huertas, Quincy Briggs and Benjamin Hayes, combined to finish in 3 minutes, 9.62 seconds.

CMU's Kelsey Ross was third in the women's 800-meter run in 2:10.07, breaking the school record (2:10.1) set in 1996 by Janet Boldrey.

Also for the Chippewa men, Benjamin Hayes (47.34) and Huertas (47.46) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400-meter dash; Jake Peister was fourth in the triple jump (50 feet); Matt Mueller (6-7 1/2) was fourth in the high jump; and Silas DeKalita (8:25.64) was fifth and Nate Ghena (8:26.01) finished sixth in the 3,000-meter run.

Also for the CMU women, Kirsten Olling (9:44.93) and Kelly Schubert (9:48.73) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run; and Samantha Cuneo (55.41) placed seventh in the 400-meter dash.

"Cuneo, for a freshman, seventh in the 400 -- she ran fantastic," Guthrie said. "That was the deepest 400 field I think in the history of the MAC. That was pretty special."

Weiler was named the league Male Freshman Field Athlete of the Meet, and Hayes earned the Male Freshman Track Athlete of the Meet.

"We're getting better," said Guthrie, who completed his third indoor season at the helm of the program. "You always want more. We're making progress, but it's never fast enough. The league from two years ago to now, it's much better in general, I think, than it was.

"We're happy we're making progress, and the league continues to get better and better and better. That's a credit to the league. Everybody's working hard. We'll keep working at it and keep pushing."