Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three more Chippewa athletes got to showcase their talents on the national stage on Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Track & Field East Preliminary at the University of Kentucky.
CMU’s Dylan Banagis concluded his impressive collegiate career on Saturday in the men’s discus.
The Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern product placed fifth in the second heat of the event and finished 23rd overall, the best finish of the six Chippewas who competed at the three-day East Prelim.
Banagis’ best distance came on his last throw, when he posted a mark of 177 feet, 8 inches.
By no means was it the best throw of his career or even his season, but considering it came after a rain delay that halted the action for almost two hours, it was a respectable result.
The Jagers brothers, Reggie and Phil were the top two MAC finishers in the event placing third and fifth, respectively. Both of them will move on to the NCAA Finals, June 7-10, at the University of Oregon. Macklin Tudor of Cincinnati placed first at 203-2.
On Friday, CMU sophomore Kevin Weiler finished 30th in the shot put with a 57-5 toss. It was the second-best throw of his outdoor career. Weiler finished fourth in his flight and his effort stood as the sixth-best mark out of the first two groups.
Devon Patterson of Buffalo finished 20th in the event, the highest of the three MAC throwers. Ohio State’s Nicholas Demaline was first at 66-1 ½.
The Chippewas’ Sam Wagner was one of seven pole-vaulters who could not clear their initial heights.
Wagner did not get a shot at the opening mark of 15 feet, 11 inches as too many competitors had made it over before he took his turn.
His first attempt came at 16-4 ¾, a height he eclipsed at last year’s East Prelims, but was less than 3 inches short of his best jump this season, 16-7 ¼.
The Mid-American Conference was well represented in the pole vault as three members posted top-15 finishes, led by Akron’s Matthew Ludwig who placed fourth at 17-6 ½. Fellow Zip Matthew Rowland and Christian Campen of Kent State finished 13th and 15th respectively.