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March 22, 2018
Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – After some four weeks off, the time has come for the Central Michigan track and field teams to embark on their second competitive campaign of 2017-18: the outdoor season.
Three Chippewas – Mikaela Grant, April Micheaux and Joe Seghi – will take part in this week’s combined events meet at UC Riverside.
Grant and Micheaux will both compete in the women’s heptathlon. Grant, a redshirt freshman, will be making her collegiate debut in the seven-event competition, while Micheaux is looking to improve on her eighth-place finish at the 2017 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships.
In one of her brightest highlights from last season, Micheaux recorded a second-place heptathlon finish at the Kansas Relays, where she amassed 4,772 points.
Seghi is entered into Riverside’s men’s decathlon, an event in which he scored a career-best 6,615 points to place fifth at the 2017 MAC Outdoor Championships. Seghi was also part of the men’s heptathlon field at the 2018 Indoor Championships, where he rode victories in the 60-meter dash and the shot put to a fifth-place finish with 4,930 points.
The rest of the Chippewas are scheduled to begin the outdoor season March 30-31 at the North Carolina State adidas Raleigh Relays.
One of the biggest storylines coming out of the indoor season was the performance of Gabriella Beauvais. The redshirt sophomore left the MAC Indoor Championships with one gold medal (women’s 4x400-meter relay), one silver (400), and a fifth-place finish in the 200.
Beauvais sustained an injury after just one meet in the 2017 outdoor season (Tennessee Rust Buster) and sat out the remainder of the year.
One of Beauvais’ running mates on the conference champion 4x400 relay team, Simonae Dismuke, also made some waves at the MAC Indoor Championships. After hovering around Nos. 12-15 on the MAC Indoor Performance List for the 400 meters during the regular season, Dismuke saved her best for the biggest stage, cutting nearly three-tenths of a second off of her career-best to finish sixth at the conference championships.
On the men’s side, CMU’s Shane Moffo and Jack Dodge enter this outdoor season riding high after top finishes at the MAC Indoors.
Moffo took home the conference title in the 60-meter hurdles, breaking the 8-second mark for the first time in his career (7.99). In the process, he edged out Eastern Michigan’s Devonte Findlay (8.01), who entered the meet as the No. 1 seed and ran a 7.89 in the preliminaries.
Since the 60 hurdles is an indoors-only event, Moffo will look to find success at the outdoor distance for the event, 110 meters.
Dodge continues his meteoric freshman season after claiming Second Team All-MAC honors in the indoor 200 meters. Dodge was the runner-up to Kent State’s Riak Reese, who finished ranked inside the top 30 nationally in the event. Dodge also ran a leg of the 4x400 relay that came in third at the MAC indoors.
In the field events, CMU will be led by men’s throwers Logan Targgart and Kevin Weiler, and women’s shot putter Erin Howard.
Targgart (weight throw) and Weiler (shot put) both earned Second Team All-MAC at the indoor championships. Weiler led all men’s shot putters on the MAC Indoor Performance List for the majority of the season, and cracked the top 60 nationally at times throughout the indoor season.
Targgart will compete in the hammer throw and the discus during the outdoor season and comes off an impressive redshirt freshman campaign in 2017. He posted five top-five hammer throw finishes and three top-fives in the discus. Among the Coldwater native’s highlights was a titanic 65.15-meter throw (213 feet, 9 inches) at the Ohio State Jesse Owens Classic, which was good for fourth place and a CMU freshman record.
Weiler threw his outdoor shot put personal best at the Jesse Owens as well (17.83 meters, 58-6), and finished 28th out of 47 at the NCAA Division I East Preliminaries at season’s end.
Howard won the shot put at the first three meets of her Chippewa career this indoor season, and never finished outside the top four places in seven total meets. Her season-best of 15.57 meters (51-1) allowed her to finish No. 4 on the MAC Indoor Performance List.
Events begin at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday and Friday for this week’s meet at California-Riverside. The following week, the action at the NC State Raleigh Relays (March 30-31) will get underway at 10 a.m. on both days of competition.