Former Central Michigan student-athlete Jennifer Swieton was named CMU’s Director of Track & Field/Cross Country in August, 2017.
In her Swieton’s first year at CMU, the Chippewas made great strides in the Mid-American Conference, claiming a combined five individual league titles at the indoor and outdoor championships.
Hurdler Shane Moffo was a double champion, winning the men’s 60-meter hurdles at the indoor championship, and then claiming the 110 hurdles at the outdoors.
CMU also got an indoor MAC title from its women’s 4x400 relay team and two more crowns at the outdoor championships when Logan Targgart won the men’s hammer throw and Gavriella Beauvais placed first in the women’s 400-meter dash.
Further evidence of a bright future for CMU track and field was provided by Connor Covert and Erin Howard, as each was named the MAC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year at the outdoor championships.
On the team front, the CMU men scored 115 points at the outdoor championships, their most since 2012; the women posted 69 points, their highest total since 2010.
In cross country, two Chippewas earned All-MAC honors in fall, 2017. Megan O’Neil landed a spot on the All-MAC First Team with her fifth-place finish in the women’s race, while Luke Anderson was 12th in the men’s, earning a spot on the second team.
The Chippewas excelled in the classroom as well, as a combined 40 cross country and track & field student-athletes earned Academic All-MAC honors, and combined 13 of those student-athletes were named a MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete.
In addition, both CMU cross country squads garnered Team All-Academic honors from the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. It marked the seventh consecutive year that the Chippewa women have been so honored, and the sixth straight year for the men.
Swieton served as the director of men’s and women’s cross country and of women’s track and field from 2010-17 at Murray State in Kentucky. She was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year for women’s outdoor track and field in 2013.
During Swieton’s reign at Murray State, her student-athletes won a combined 24 league championships and earned 54 All-OVC honors. In addition, three Racers earned All-America honors, and her athletes hold a combined 35 program records in indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country.
Swieton-coached student-athletes earned league freshman of the year honors three times during her tenure at Murray State, and two Racers were named the Athlete of the Championships at the OVC meet under her watch. She also coached one OVC Athlete of the Year, and two who earned the Murray State Female Athlete of the Year Award.
Swieton served as an assistant in cross country and track and field at North Carolina at Greensboro from 2006-10 after serving one year in the same capacity at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.
Swieton began her coaching career as a volunteer assistant with Mount Pleasant High School in 2001-02 while completing her bachelor’s degree at CMU. She served as an assistant in track and field and in cross country at MPHS in 2004.
Swieton holds numerous certifications and specialties from the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
A Flint native, Swieton was a student-athlete at CMU, running on the track and field and cross country teams while working toward her bachelor’s degree, which she earned in 2002. She obtained her master’s degree in sports administration from CMU in 2011.
She and her husband, Craig, have one son, Logan.