Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
OXFORD, Miss. - Kyla Walton placed first in the women's 400-meter hurdles on Saturday to lead the Central Michigan track & field team at the Ole Miss Joe Walker Invitational.
Walton, a senior from Aurora, Ill., won in 1 minute, 1.03 seconds. The second-place finisher, Ann Arlos of Saint Louis, came in at 1:01.46.
Walton's victory was one of 20 top-eight finishes turned in by the Chippewas in the meet.
The CMU women got second-place finishes from its 4x100 relay team, from Gabriella Beauvais in the 400, from April Michaux in the heptathlon, and from Mikaela Grant in the 100 hurdles.
Nadia Williams, Beauvais, Simonae Dismuke and Aisha Jackson comprised the Chippewas' 4x100 relay team.
Michaux took first in the javelin portion of the heptathlon, measuring at 121 feet, 5 inches. She placed third in the long jump and fifth in the 800 to finish with 4,692 points.
The Chippewa men got second-place finishes from Shane Moffo in the 110 hurdles and from Benjamin Hayes in the 400.
CMU's Lorenzo Wells, Jack Dodge, Shane Moffo and Jamar Hardy teamed up for a third-place finish in the men's 4x100 relay, while the Chippewas' Erick Huertas and Roshawn Morton were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 400.
CMU's Emily Helfrich placed third in the women's high jump, while Erin Howard was third in the women's shot put.
Also for the CMU women, Rebekah Petty was fourth in the pole vault, Howard was fifth in the discus, and Ja'La Taylor placed seventh in the triple jump.
For the men, Connor Covert (shot put), Aaron Taylor (110 hurdles) and Ja'Corey Lipsey (400 hurdles) each placed fifth, while Wells was seventh in the 100, and Covert placed eighth in the discus.
The remainder of the Chippewa team was to have competed on Saturday at the Oakland University Golden Grizzly Invitational in Rochester. The meet was cancelled because of weather.