EMU - Four Eagles Head to Eugene for NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships
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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — Eastern Michigan University's women's track and field team will send four student-athletes to Eugene, Ore. to compete on the national stage at historic Hayward Field during the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 10-13.
Eastern's roster features two veterans who will be making the trip back to Eugene, while two more Eagles will compete against the nation's best athletes for the first time in their EMU career. Looking to repeat on All-America First Team honors is Sarah Chauchard, who finished fifth in the heptathlon at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Chauchard is riding a career mark set at the 2015 Mid-American Conference Championships, May 14-16, when she won the title in the heptathlon with a MAC meet record 5,667 points. Chauchard will compete Wednesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 11.
Thursday will also see a seasoned veteran in action for the Eagles along with a harrier making her debut on the national stage in track and field. Victoria Voronko earned Second Team All-America honors last year after placing 15th in the 3000m steeplechase at the NCAA Championships, but has docked considerable time off her mark this year to earn the fourth bid at the NCAA East Regional in an EMU record time of 9:51.63. Joining Voronko will be the fifth qualifier from the region, Sofie Gallein, who is not far off the record mark in 9:52.66. The pair has had tremendous success training side by side this year, as they also qualified to the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships as a duo. The semifinals for the 3000m steeplechase will take place at 4:38 p.m. PT, and should they advance to the finals they will compete at 2:27 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 13.
The final day of competition will be the national debut for freshman Dace Dreimane. Dreimane had a career mark at the MAC Championships, finishing second in the triple jump at 12.87 meters/42 feet 2.75-inches and jumped just two centimeters off that to snag the ninth qualifying spot at the NCAA East Regional. Dreimane currently ranks second on EMU's all-time list in the triple jump, and trails EMU great Joy Inniss by less than two inches. She will compete Saturday at 2 p.m. PT.
The 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships will have select segments broadcast live on TV through ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU, while live streams can be found online through ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Live results for the meet will be provided through ncaa.com.