EMU - Two Eagles Have Record-Breaking Days for Men's Track and Field
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CINCINNATI, Ohio/AUSTIN, Texas (EMUEagles.com)—Competing in two different parts of the country on Friday, March 28, Eastern Michigan University's men's track and field had a pair of record-breaking performances between the first day of the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational and the final day of the Texas Relays.
At the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati, the Green and White had four representatives in the hammer throw. Leading the way for the team was Keith Williams (Sherman, Ill.-Williamsville), who broke both a personal record and the EMU record with a throw of 57.91 meters/190 feet. The Sherman, Ill. native improved tremendously on his previous mark, adding nearly 40 feet to his personal-best. Williams took second behind Indianapolis's Tim Lovejoy, who came just shy of the 200-foot mark.
Also setting personal records were Anthony Jones (Sandusky, Ohio-Sandusky) and Andrew Wentz (Napoleon, Ohio-Napoleon), who took fifth and eighth, respectively. Jones threw for a distance of 54.23 meters/177 feet 11-inches, while Wentz had a 51.23-meter/168-foot 1-inch launch. Jones's mark earned him a spot in the all-time top-10 performance list, as he now owns the ninth spot among elite company in program history.
During the evening portion of the 2014 Texas Relays, senior pole vaulter Max Babits (Howell, Mich.-Fowlerville) set the EMU standard in the outdoor pole vault when he cleared 5.35 meters/17 feet 6.50-inches. Babits took seventh in the event en route to breaking a school record that had stood for 23 years.
The Green and White is not finished with its opening weekend of competition, as the Eagles will move on to the second day of the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational. Results will be updated on an hourly basis via gobearcats.com.
EMU Individual Results (* denotes personal best, # signifies EMU record)
Hammer Throw (Oliver Nikoloff)
2. Williams, Keith 57.91m/190-00*#
5. Jones, Anthony 54.23m/177-11*
8. Wentz, Andrew 51.23m/168-01*
10. Turner, Teron 46.58m/152-10
Pole Vault (Texas Relays)
t-7. Babits, Max 5.35 meters/17-06.50*#