4 Second-Place Finishes For CMU At Jesse Owens Classic

4 Second-Place Finishes For CMU At Jesse Owens Classic

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Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A lot of good, but, as Mark Guthrie reiterates time and again, there is more out there.

The Central Michigan track and field teams posted 19 top-10 finishes including four seconds Friday and Saturday at the Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State.

"We certainly had some individuals who got some A's today, that had great days," said Guthrie, CMU's director of track and field. "But overall it was more a B-minus to C-plus.

"We had our moments throughout the day, we had some athletes who had outstanding performances, but we had the same number that could have been better. As a coach, you're always looking for more."

Three of the second-place finishes were recorded by the Chippewa men, including the 4x400-meter relay team of Erick Huertas, Benjamin Hayes, Ziemowit Dutkiewicz, Malik Vasquez. The quartet finished in 3 minutes, 11.17 seconds.

The other runner-up finishes for the Chippewa men came courtesy Melvin Harris in the high jump (6 feet, 9 ¾ inches) and Jake Peister in the triple jump (49-5 ¾).

CMU's Samantha Cuneo placed second in the women's 400 in 54.78.

CMU's Devene Brown and Tina Davis each turned in a pair of top-10 finishes. Brown was fourth in the shot put (50-6 ¾) and fifth in the discus (149-0), and Davis placed sixth in the 200 (24.30) and ninth in the 100 (11.82).

Also for the CMU women, Kylee Dobbelaere finished sixth in the hammer throw (188-0), Rebekah Petty was eighth in the pole vault (12-5 ½), and Kelsey Ross finished ninth in the 800 (2:12.02).

Berkley Edwards, Dutkiweicz, Huertas, Hayes and Dylan Banagis each placed in two events for the Chippewa men.

In addition to each running a leg in the 4x400 relay, Dutkiewicz was fourth in the 400 hurdles (52.44), while Hayes (48.70) and Huertas finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 400.

Edwards joined Malik Peacock, Jamar Hardy and Ali Taha in placing fifth (42.24) in the 4x100 relay. Edwards also finished 10th in the 100 (10.68).

Banagis placed sixth in the discus (175-0) and was third in the college/open division of the hammer throw (202-9). CMU's Cole Walderzak placed sixth in the championship college/open division of the hammer throw (212-4).

The Chippewas are less than three weeks away from the MAC Championships. In between, they are scheduled to compete in the Penn Relays, the Hillsdale Gina Relays, the Drake Relays and the Toledo Invitational.

"You try to build on the good and massage and work through the not-so-good and become good," Guthrie said.

On Friday at the Virginia Challenge, CMU's Kelly Schubert placed 10th and Kirsten Olling was 14th in a strong field in the 10,000 meters.

Schubert finished in 34:48.04, Olling in 35:03.01. It was a 30-second personal best for Schubert, and a two-minute personal best for Olling, Guthrie said.

"That was really good running," Guthrie said. "Those were two very strong performances."

CMU's Nate Ghena finished 14th in the men's 10,000 meters on Saturday night at the Virginia Challenge, finishing in a lifetime best 29:59.42.