CMU Alums Continue Throwing Success

Aug. 2, 2017

Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com

Both Alex Rose and Ryan McCullough had their fair share of successes as track and field athletes at Central Michigan.

That success has continued, long after their college eligibility has expired.

Rose, a Chippewa from 2011-14, won the senior flight of the discus while competing for America Samoa at the Oceania Area Championships in late June at ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji.

McCullough, who competed for CMU from 2009-12, topped the podium for the men’s hammer throw at the Irish Life Health National Senior Track & Field Championships in Santry, Dublin, Ireland on July 22-23.

"Very proud of Ryan and Alex representing their countries and winning big meets," said CMU Track & Field associate head coach Matt Kaczor. "Both are great men who embodied the Championship Culture while they were here and it's great to see them continuing their success beyond their time as CMU student-athletes."

Rose, who earned First Team All-America honors at CMU in 2011, was in a class of his own at the Oceania Area Championships as he won with a meet-record toss of 61.12 meters. His throw was some 15 meters farther than that of the runner-up.

The OAC field comprised representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Guam, among others. Rose competed for Samoa in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.

Rose has qualified for and is scheduled to compete in the World Track & Field Championships in London beginning on Friday. He will represent Samoa.

McCullough, who earned Second Team All-America honors at CMU in 2012, throws for the Donore Harriers Athletic Club. He launched the 16-pound weight 65.84 meters on his fourth attempt and held on to edge second-place finisher Padraig White by just over one meter to win in Dublin.

 

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