Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three Chippewa women got one last opportunity to showcase their talents on the national stage over the weekend at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Junior Championships at Sacramento State University’s Hornet Stadium.
Central Michigan’s Nadia Williams, a long jumper, along with throwers Erin Howard and Marissa Dunn, competed in the three-day meet.
Williams recently completed a standout freshman year for the Chippewas, while Howard and Dunn redshirted in 2017 and will begin their collegiate careers with the 2018 indoor season.
USA Track & Field meets do not affect athletes’ collegiate eligibility, enabling Howard and Dunn to enter.
Dunn recorded the best placing among the CMU contingent, taking fifth in the hammer throw.
Dunn sat in sixth after the three preliminary throws, which qualified her for the final. Her next throw would be her best, 175 feet, and move her past unattached Kathleen Young for fifth place.
Howard took part in the women’s discus on Thursday afternoon, finishing 13th out of 16 competitors. Her best of 150-10 finished within one foot of both the 11th and 12th place finishers.
Howard also threw in the shot put, placing 14th out of 21. She occupied 10th after the first round of throws with her heave of 46 feet, but was unable to land either of her last two attempts between the lines.
Williams competed in the long jump. The Mount Horeb, Wis. native faulted on her second attempt after posting a distance of just 17-1 ¼ on her first try. She improved the third time around, leaping 18-8 ¾, but was unable to crack the top eight and advance to the final.