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Just saw the entries for Friday and Saturday’s Championship at Kent State.  Unlike HS T & F where each school gets to enter x amount of athletes per event, the MAC and other conferences and the NCAA establish “standards” that an athlete must surpass during the season to qualify for the Championships.  Same holds for Swimming and Diving next week.  Whereas I believe we’ll have a few MAC individual Champs, it doesn’t look good for an overall on the women’s side and iffy on the men’s.  In the sprints we don’t have a woman qualified for the 60, 200 or 400 and only one or two in the 800 and above.  A couple field athletes, mostly PV.  Men have a shot at overall but it’s gotta come from field events.  Depth always carried us, scoring multiple athletes in events, but we are thin on both sides.  Only 5 teams competing in men’s.  I think Eastern Michigan will capture both team titles...but still - go Zips!  And drive on over to KSU and cheer ‘em 9n...

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Revisited the entries and I revise my thinking - somewhat.  I believe the Men's side will squeak out the title, but need a couple of solid performances from our runners, not so much wins but scoring places.  We could conceivably sweep the Pole Vault with Matt Ludwig, Cole Wigal, Tyler Fraker and even Matt Keim (a four-sweep??).  We could/should go 1-2 in long jump with Jordan Latimer and Terrell McClain, and newcomer Hesham Elesouky could even make top 3.  We should/could go 1-2 in High Jump with Curtis Richardson and Nuh Andu.  Then it get's shaky.  Only one thrower so Maurice needs to produce a point or two on either event.  Kimball in the hurdles, Amir Willis in the sprints, Andr Bollam-Godbott and Tevin Brown in distances and we could just pull it off, on the points from field events mainly.

 

 

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Wow...some expected performances, some exceptional performances, some surprising performances.  The guys are leading Eastern after day 1 by 4 and Kent by 9.  Maurice Harris scored in the weight throw, and got things started.  Jordan Latimer defended his championship in the Long Jump and Hesham Eldesouky surprised with a 3rd.  Unfortunately Terrance McClain came up lame after his first jump.  Then came one of the big surprises...Tevin Brown came from like 5th with 600 meters to go, took the lead with 200 to go and kicked home a huge win in the 5,000 meters, breaking the Eastern Michigan Distance Running domination.  And then the Distance Medley Relay team grabbed a second, another surprising point-getter.   Bigger surprises earlier, as the Zips qualified 3 in the 60 hurdles (Jace Rountree with a top-time of 8.08 seconds, Preston Fillman and Patrick Kimball).  Sam Janson qualified with the second best time in the 400 along with Zack Robinson.  Amir Willis and Malcolm Briley are in the finals of the 60.  And Willis is in the 200 finals.

 

On the Gals (sorry!) side Lucy Bryan was stellar, winning the pole vault with a new meet record 14' 6 1/2" a season best.  And Abby Helminiak took 3rd, and Eboni Hall took 5th.  Surprise - Sara Foster, a freshman took 4th in the Pentathlon for the Zips.  Olivia Snyder grabbed 5th in the weight throw, not unexpectedly.  Dara Perry qualified 2nd in the 60 hurdles, and Haley Hess qualified in the 800, both as expected.  And the night ended with the biggest surprise for the women, a win in the DMR.  So the women are 2nd to Central Michigan (another surprise) after day 1, but not a lot of qualifiers for finals tomorrow.  But still some nice performances.....

 

Go Zips!

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Did I say "squeak out?"  How squeaky is 2 and 1/2 points?  Kamir Majid and Malik Hudson finish 3-4 in the Heptathlon to set the tone.  Curtis Richardson, Nuh Andu and Ben Olewiler go 1-2-3 in the High Jump.  Marc Miggliozi and Andre Bollam-Godbot each score in the mile.  Then Patrick Kimball surprises with a win in the 60 hurdles.  Freshman Sam Janson scored in the 400.  Amir Willis takes 3rd in the 60 and Malcolm Briley got a point.  Steven Ashcraft gets a point in the 800.  Willis gets a point in the 200.  Then things started getting more interesting.  Hesham Eldesouky raised eyebrows with an upset win in the triple jump, just about the time Tevin Brown came close to pulling off a second stright finishing-kick win in the distances, settling for 2nd in the 3,000, whipe Nick Sticklen placed 5th for 2 points.  Then the Vaulters took control, with Matt Ludwig breaking the facility and MAC Championship record with a jump of 19' 1/2", and Cole Wigal was 2nd, Matt Keim 4th.  22 points.  It came down to the 4 x 400 relay.  With a 6 1/2 point lead, the men secured a 3rd for 6 points, while Eastern Michigan won for 10 points.  The Indoor Championship belongs to the Zips....

 

The women had some nice performances as well.  Haley Hess had a 6th in the 800.  But Mackenzie Andrews was the star for the team, winning both the mile and the 3,000 meter run.  Dara Perry grabbed bronze in the hurdles.  Maike Anstett tied for the High Jump title but ended up 2nd in a jump-off, then took 6th in the Triple Jump.  Olivia Snyder scored in the shot put.  

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