Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
WACO, Texas -- Over the last few seasons, the throwing events have been a major area of strength for the Central Michigan track & field program.
This weekend's Baylor Invitational was no different.
CMU seniors Dylan Banagis and Kylee Dobbelaere swept the hammer throws, and in dominant fashion.
Dobbelaere's winning throw of 179 feet, 10 inches, was 11 feet, 6 inches better than the second-place finisher, unattached Tricia Williams.
Banagis and teammate Logan Targgart finished 1-2, respectively, in the men's hammer with heaves of 202 feet, 3 inches, and 200-5, respectively. The next competitor, Erich Sullins of Arkansas, finished well behind the Chippewa duo at 194-2.
Banagis also took second in the discus out of a field of 28 competitors; Targgart was ninth.
CMU's Kevin Weiler took home fourth place in the shot put, with a mark of 55-7 3/4.
Much like the Tennessee Rust Buster a few weeks ago, the Baylor Invitational was not only a refuge from the temperamental Michigan weather, but another opportunity to sample the top-level competition in a different region of the country,
Arkansas, Fresno State, North Texas, and Tulsa, along with the host, Baylor, were a few of the solid programs at the meet.
The Chippewas posted high marks outside of the throws as well, highlighted by Calli Stemple's second place in the women's high jump, and Kelsey Ross taking third in the women's 800.
Jake Peister took fourth place in the men's triple jump at 48-10 3/4.
Nadia Williams finished fifth in the women's long jump, leaping 19-10 ¾.
Brandon McCleese also finished fifth in the men's javelin, his first throw since winning the event at the Tennessee Rust Buster.
Nick Malliaras was impressive in the men's long jump, placing sixth out of 29 competitors with a 23-8 3/4 effort.
Central Michigan will divide its forces next weekend to take on both the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif. on April 13-14, and the Oakland Invitational on April 15.