CMU - Right On Track: Sunshine, Solid Performances
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Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
OXFORD, Miss. - The weather was good. So was the Central Michigan track and field team.
The Chippewas finally got picture-perfect weather in which compete on Friday on day one of the Joe Walker Invitational at Ole Miss.
The Chippewas notched two first places amongst 14 top-eight finishes with temperatures in the 70s under sunny skies at the Ole Miss Track & Field Complex.
CMU's Nadia Williams won the women's long jump with a 19-foot, 11-inch leap, while Logan Targgart placed first in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 212 feet, 1 inch. Targgart's throw measured an amazing 16 feet longer than that of the runner-up, Cullen Prena of Ole Miss.
The second and final day of the meet is scheduled for Saturday. Meanwhile several other Chippewa track & field athletes competed at the Oakland University Golden Grizzly Invitational in Rochester. CMU posted five firsts among a slew of top-10 finishes at OU.
No team scores were kept at either meet.
At Ole Miss, Williams led a strong CMU showing in the women's long jump as Mikaela Grant finished fifth and Ja'La Taylor placed sixth.
Also for the CMU women, Megan McElroy and Wendy Szuminski finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the javelin; and Gabriella Beauvais placed eighth in the 200-meter dash.
The Chippewas' April Micheaux is second in the heptathlon after three events. Micheaux won the shot put with a 42-0 ½ toss and tied for first in the high jump at 5-3 ¾. She placed third in the 100 hurdles. She has amassed 3,051 points, 157 behind the leader, Kieshonna Brooks of Ole Miss.
In addition to Targgart, the CMU got a third-place finish in the pole vault from Sam Wagner, while teammate Joseph Seghi placed fourth. In the javelin, CMU's Joseph Avery was third and Ahmed Joseph placed sixth.
Also for the Chippewa men, Ali Taha was fifth in the long jump, and seventh-place finishes were turned in by Connor Covert (hammer throw) and Jack Dodge (200).
Golden Grizzly Invitational
At OU, CMU got victories from Logan Kleam, men's 5,000; Kyra Harrison, women's long jump; Carissa Gobbi, women's steeplechase; Alec Omell, men's steeplechase; and Morgan Merlino, Paula Merino, Olivia Allmen and Anna Flanders teamed up to win the 4x400 relay.
The Chippewas got second-place finishes from Jake Zorn, men's javelin; Mark Beckmann, men's 5,000; and Kenneth Goolsby, men's steeplechase.
CMU thirds: Natalie Beaulieu, women's 5,000; Kirsten Olling, women's 1,500; and Merlino, women's 800.
The meet is scheduled to conclude on Saturday with three field events, the discus, the triple jump and the shot put.