EMU Eagles - Men Conclude Regular Season in Toledo

EMU Eagles - Men Conclude Regular Season in Toledo

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TOLEDO, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team closed the book on the regular season today, May 6, at the Toledo Invitational. Overall, the Eagles notched 17 top-three finishes throughout the meet.



Leading the way in the 100m dash was redshirt junior Nick James (Troy, Ohio – Troy), who took home the bronze with a time of 11.00. Just behind him, senior Wayne Blanchard (Toledo, Ohio – St. Francis De Sales) took fourth in 11.02, while freshman Tyler Underwood (Clinton, Mich. – Clinton) nabbed fifth in 11.04. In the 200m dash, Underwood managed to win the event, posting a personal-best time of 22.17, with Blanchard also nabbing a top-three spot.



The 800m run saw sophomore Tom Jozwiak (Southgate, Mich. – Thomas J. Anderson) finish in fifth with a personal-best time of 1:55.50, while freshman David Saporito (Warren, Mich. – Warren Mott) also notched a career-best time of 1:56.02. Redshirt junior Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio – Maumee) ran in the 1500m, finishing atop the podium after crossing the finish line in 3:47.19, which was also a career-best.



EMU nabbed two more podium spots in the 110m hurdles, with redshirt senior Solomon Simmons (Murrieta, Calif. – Murrieta Valley) taking the silver in 14.44. Rounding out the top-three was freshman Frank Douglas (Mansfield, Ohio – Madison Comprehensive), who posted a personal-best time of 14.59. In the 400m hurdles, the Eagles swept the top-two spots, as sophomore Mark Cooke (Edison, N.J. – John P. Stevens) claimed the gold in 54.56, while freshman Elijah Barber (Columbus, Ohio – Eastmoor Academy) brought home the silver with a mark of 54.98, which was a career-best. Finally, the 4x100m relay team of sophomore Brandon Bolden (Solon, Ohio – Solon), junior Tyler Brown (Findlay, Ohio – Findlay), senior Jeff Elam (Latrobe, Pa. – Greater Latrobe Senior­), and freshman Aitor Ekobo (Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren Secondary School) won the event, clocking in at 41.00.



In the high jump, freshman Cameron Hart (Columbus, Ohio – Bishop Hartley) finished third with a mark of 1.95 meters/ 6 feet 4.75-inches, while Simmons nabbed fourth in the pole vault with a vault of 4.59 meters/ 15 feet 0.75-inches. The long jump saw Brown take home another gold for EMU, as the junior jumped 7.08 meters/ 23 feet 2.75-inches to secure top-honors. Hart finished just behind him, taking second with a jump of 6.97 meters/ 22 feet 10.5-inches. Finally, freshman Jordan Fowler finished atop the podium in the triple jump, managing to post a mark of 14.83 meters/ 48 feet 8-inches, which was a personal-best.



Moving to the throws, freshman Zach Harkey (Huron, Ohio – Huron) notched another silver for the Green and White, throwing 46.10 meters/ 151 feet 3-inches. The shot put saw junior Quinn Levering (Caledonia, Ohio – River Valley) take third with a throw of 16.83 meters/ 55 feet 2.75-inches, putting him in 10th all-time in EMU history. Finally, the Eagles were represented by Kevin Bouchard (Whitmore Lake, Mich. – Whitmore Lake) in the hammer throw, finishing fifth with a mark of 52.69 meters/ 172 feet 10-inches.



The Eagles now turn their sights towards the postseason. EMU will return to Toledo next week to take part in the Mid-American Conference Championships, May 12-14.



EMU Individual Results (* denotes a personal best)


Event Mark


100m Dash


3. Nick James 11.00


4. Wayne Blanchard 11.02


5. Tyler Underwood 11.04



200m Dash


1. Tyler Underwood 22.17*


3. Wayne Blanchard 22.36


4. Nick James 22.39



800m Run


5. Tom Jozwiak 1:55.50*


7. David Saporito 1:56.02*



1500m Run


1. Willy Fink 3:47.19*



110m Hurdles


2. Solomon Simmons 14.44


3. Frank Douglas 14.59*


11. Alex Jacobs 17.42*



400m Hurdles


1. Mark Cooke 54.56


2. Elijah Barber 54.98*



4x100m Relay


1. Bolden, Brown 41.00


Elam, Ekobo



High Jump


3. Cameron Hart 1.95m/ 6-04.75



Pole Vault


4. Solomon Simmons 4.59m/ 15-00.75


Alex Jacobs NH



Long Jump


1. Tyler Brown 7.08m/ 23-02.75


2. Cameron Hart 6.97m/ 22-10.50


8. Nicholas Herbert 6.15m/ 20-02.25



Triple Jump


1. Jordan Fowler 14.83m/ 48-08.00*


3. Micah Peters 14.38m/ 47-02.25*



Discus Throw


2. Zach Harkey 46.10m/ 151-03


3. Solomon Simmons 39.54m/ 129-09


5. Alex Jacobs 27.66m/ 90-09



Shot Put


3. Quinn Levering 16.83m/ 55-02.75*


5. Zach Purcilly 15.69m/ 51-05.75*



Hammer Throw


5. Kevin Bouchard 52.69m/ 172-10



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