The Mustang women bring back a bevy of experience throwers in Lauren Dioses, Kiarra Nowell, Jess Rega, Allison Bishop and Danika Ani.
Dioses took first in both the shot put and weight throw in this year’s opener and had three top five finishes in last season’s MAC indoor and outdoor championships combined. Nowell placed fourth in the shot put at last year’s outdoor event, while Rega was second in the same event and had a pair of top fives at the indoor meet. Bishop is the reigning MAC indoor weight throw champion, while Ani qualified for nationals in both indoor and outdoor two years ago. She was second in the shot ut and fourth in the weight throw at the MAC indoor championship in 2018.
Hammond also figures to factor prominently in jumps, along with sophomore Rachel Panek. Panek finished second in the pentathlon at the MAC indoor championship while taking first in the heptathlon at the outdoor meet.
For the men, Ritchie Case returns after winning the decathlon as a freshman at the MAC outdoor championship with 5,939 points. He took second in the long jump at this year’s season opener.
The Mustangs are a little more inexperienced on the men's side in jumps and throws, but Berdan expects the group to continue to develop as the season goes on.
"We do have some guys that we're looking to develop," said Berdan. "Overall, our goal is to make the program more balanced and we have some guys we're excited about that will help us do that."