EMU women - Eagles Wrap Up Regular Season at GVSU Tune-Up
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ALLENDALE, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team concluded the indoor regular season, Friday, Feb. 17, with the GVSU Tune-Up in Allendale, Mich. Eastern rested a good amount of the team in preparation for next week's Mid-American Conference Championships, giving other student-athletes an opportunity to compete.
Junior Jasmine Jones (Greensburg, Pa. – Hempfield Area) nabbed a spot in the 60m dash finals, placing second in the prelims with a time of 7.74 seconds. In the finals, Jones finished atop the podium with a time of 7.62 seconds, which was just behind her career-best.
In the 200m dash, redshirt sophomore Emiesha Burrell (Ecorse, Mich. - Anderson) had a solid race, notching a third-place finish with a career-best time of 26.00 seconds. Behind Burrell, sophomore Jocelyn Sharpe (Westerville, Ohio – Westerville North) also finished in the top-10, taking seventh with a personal-best time of 26.53 seconds.
Junior Rebekah Branham (Circleville, Ohio – Circleville) ran in the indoor 400m dash for the first time, finishing third with a career-best time of 57.96 seconds. Sharpe also had a strong day in the 400m, turning in a fifth-place finish with a personal-best time of 58.53 seconds. In the mile, senior Anna Aldrich (Fremont, Ind. – Fremont) turned in the best mile of her career, finishing in second-place with a personal-best time of 5:01.10.
In the 60m hurdles prelims, junior Tifani Byrd (Toms River, N.J. – Toms River North) also secured a finals berth, clocking in at 8.76 seconds in the prelims to finish second. Byrd matched her prelims finish in the finals, ultimately taking second with a finals mark of 8.78 seconds. In the high jump, junior Dace Dreimane (Ventspils, Latvia - Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1) turned in a third-place finish, completing a jump of 1.60 meters/ 5 feet 3-inches.
A pair of Eagles also turned in some solid performances in the pole vault, as sophomore Rebekah Carr (Celina, Ohio – Celina) snagged second with a vault of 3.45 meters/ 11 feet 3.75-inches. Freshman Kristine Bourg (Shorewood, Ill. – Joliet West) finished sixth in the event, posting a mark of 3.30 meters/ 10 feet 10-inches. Freshman Catherine Mittiga (South Bend, Ind. – John Adams) paced the Eagles in the long jump, posting a mark of 4.87 meters/ 15 feet 11.75-inches.
Finally, the Green and White had two throwers compete in the weight throw. Sophomore Jada Taylor (Neptune, N.J. – Neptune) was the team's top finisher in the event, taking 17th with a throw of 13.75 meters/ 45 feet 1.5-inches. Senior Megan Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio – Woodmoore) also took part in the event, finishing with a mark of 13.57 meters/ 44 feet 6.25-inches.
Next week, EMU plays host to the MAC Indoor Championships in Bowen Field House, Feb. 24-25, as the Eagles will look to defend their title after taking home the indoor crown last season.
EMU Individual Results (* denotes a personal-best, Q denotes a finals qualifying mark)
60m Dash Prelims
2. Jasmine Jones 7.74Q
60m Dash Finals
1. Jasmine Jones 7.62
3. Emiesha Burrell 26.00*
7. Jocelyn Sharpe 26.53*
8. Rebekah Branham 26.68*
14. Claire Mesa 27.52*
3. Rebekah Branham 57.96*
5. Jocelyn Sharpe 58.53*
8. Claire Mesa 59.36*
10. Emiesha Burrell 1:00.32
2. Anna Aldrich 5:01.10*
10. Danielle Bentzley 5:11.15
12. Lauren Pottschmidt 5:15.70
60m Hurdles Prelims
2. Tifani Byrd 8.76Q
60m Hurdles Finals
2. Tifani Byrd 8.78
3. Dace Dreimane 1.60m/ 5-03.00*
2. Rebekah Carr 3.45m/ 11-03.75
6. Kristine Bourg 3.30m/ 10-10.00
7. Catherine Mittiga 4.87m/ 15-11.75
16. Elisa Hendriksen 4.61m/ 15-01.50
17. Jada Taylor 13.75m/ 45-01.50
21. Megan Pendleton 13.57m/ 44-06.25