EMU Men - Eagles Finish with 14 Top-Three Finishes at Doug Hansen Open
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UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team competed at the Doug Hansen Open today, Jan. 20, up in University Center, Mich., on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. The Eagles continued utilizing a lineup filled with newcomers, as the squad continues to gain experience as the indoor season progresses.
Junior Leighton Antonio (Hudson, Ohio – Hudson) had another strong day in the 60m dash, qualifying into the finals alongside sophomore Nick Herbert (Portage, MIch. – Portage Northern) and freshman Sean Beckom (Saginaw, Mich. – Heritage). Antonio performed even better in the finals, winning the event with a solid mark of 6.93 seconds.
The 200m dash also saw sophomore Tyler Underwood (Clinton, Mich. – Clinton) with another nice performance, taking home the gold with a career-best time of 21.83 seconds. Wrapping up the sprints, freshman Trevor Marcus (Dublin, Ohio – Dublin Jerome) turned in a sixth-place performance in the 400m dash, clocking in with a personal-best time of 50.59 seconds.
Moving to mid-distance, freshman Roderic Wilson (Atlanta, Ga. – Blanche Ely) turned in a top-three finish, bringing home third in the 800m with a career-best time of 1:54.42. Junior Csaba Matko (Racalmas, Hungary - Szechenyi Istvan Gimnazium) finished just behind Wilson, taking fourth after clocking in at 1:55.47. EMU's top finisher in the mile was redshirt junior Caleb Hess (Owosso, Mich. – Owosso), who posted a time of 4:28.58 to take 10th.
EMU came out on top in the 4x400m relay, as the team of junior Brandon Bolden (Solon, Ohio – Solon), Antonio, Marcus, and Underwood clocked in at 3:18.59 to finish first. The Green and White matched that success in the 60m hurdles, as sophomore Frank Douglas (Mansfield, Ohio – Madison Comprehensive), along with freshmen Devonte Findlay (Lauderhill, Fla. – Blanche Ely) and Ivan Suazo (Columbus, Ohio – Westland) all earned spots in the finals. Findlay came out on top in the finals, posting a personal-best time of 8.21 seconds to win the event, while Douglas took second.
Sophomore Cameron Hart (Columbus, Ohio – Bishop Hartley) carried over his success from last week, winning the high jump with a career-best mark of 2.08 meters/ 6 feet 9.75-inches. Sophomore Alex Jacobs (Dublin, Ohio – Dublin Jerome) had a solid finish in the pole vault, nabbing second with a career-best vault of 4.56 meters/ 14 feet 11.5-inches, while Herbert took third in the long jump with a mark of 6.62 meters/ 21 feet 8.75-inches.
Similar to Hart, fellow sophomore Micah Peters (York, Ontario – Vaughn Road Academy) also matched his success from last week, securing a second-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 14.19 meters/ 46 feet 6.75-inches. When it comes to throws, redshirt sophomore Zach Purcilly (Troy, Mich. – Avondale) brought home fourth in the shot put, posting a throw of 15.39 meters/ 50 feet 6-inches, which was a personal-best. Finally, sophomore Zach Harkey (Huron, Ohio – Huron) also finished fourth in the weight throw, finishing with a career-best launch of 16.93 meters/ 55 feet 6.5-inches.
The Eagles will next play host to the annual EMU Triangular, Saturday, Jan. 28.
EMU Individual Results (* denotes a personal best)
60m Dash Prelims
1. Leighton Antonio 6.97Q
5. Nick Herbert 7.06Q
7. Sean Beckom 7.05Q
60m Dash Finals
1. Leighton Antonio 6.93
7. Sean Beckom 7.02*
8. Nick Herbert 7.07
1. Tyler Underwood 21.83*
4. Brandon Bolden 22.48
7. Frank Douglas 22.66*
8. Sean Beckom 22.73*
6. Trevor Marcus 50.59*
9. Elijah Barber 51.17*
3. Roderic Wilson 1:54.42*
4. Csaba Matko 1:55.47
6. Tom Jozwiak 1:56.14*
7. Dan Kuhn 1:57.20*
9. Nick McFarland 2:00.39
10. Caleb Hess 4:28.58
11. Colin Burdette 4:29.02*
1. Bolden, Antonio, Marcus, Underwood 3:18.59
3. Barber, Douglas, Herbert, Findlay 3:23.30
4. Kuhn, Jozwiak, Matko, Wilson 3:23.75
6. Beckom, McFarland, Hess, Jacobs 3:34.86
60m Hurdles Prelims
1. Frank Douglas 8.26Q
2. Devonte Findlay 8.27Q
3. Ivan Suazo 8.35Q
10. Elijah Barber 8.73*
12. Alex Jacobs 9.07
60m Hurdles Finals
1. Devonte Findlay 8.21*
2. Frank Douglas 8.22
4. Ivan Suazo 8.30
1. Cameron Hart 2.08m/ 6-09.75*
5. Drew Lament 1.83m/ 6-00.00*
2. Alex Jacobs 4.56m/ 14-11.50*
Drew Pickus NH
Colin Etchen NH
3. Nick Herbert 6.62m/ 21-08.75
5. Drew Lament 5.91m/ 19-04.75*
2. Micah Peters 14.19m/ 46-06.75
4. Zach Purcilly 15.39m/ 50-06.00*
7. Jannik Schmitt 14.52m/ 47-07.75*
13. Drew Lament 12.63m/ 41-05.25*
4. Zach Harkey 16.93m/ 55-06.50*
6. Austin Hazek 15.86m/ 52-00.50*
9. Jannik Schmitt 13.92m/ 45-08.00*