EMU Men's Track Shows Skill in Akron Opener

EMU Men's Track Shows Skill in Akron Opener

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AKRON, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team competed in the 2012 Akron Opener and took home victories in multiple different events. Akron, Robert Morris and Youngstown State took on the Eagles in their second competition of the 2011-12 campaign.

On the track side of things Eastern was able to record top-five finishes in multiple events. In the one-mile run, the Eagles took the top-three spots with Terefe Ejigu leading the way. Ejigu's 4:10.33 was good for first, while Austin Hendrix and Greg Kalinowski took second and third with a 4:13.12 and a 4:15.30, respectively. The Eagles took four of the top-five spots in the 3,000-meter run as well. Ian Hancke led EMU with a 8:31.71, good for second, while James Hughes took third at 8:39.02. Harry Dixon and Nick Petro were able to take fourth and fifth in the distance race.

Levi Selvig led the way for the hurdlers with a time of 8.43 in the 60-meter hurdle, good for third place. Cameron Bolton was the top place sprinter for EMU in the 60-meter dash with a third place finish at 6.96 seconds.

Josh George was able to help the Eagles with a third place finish in the 800-meter run. He completed the race in 1:52.44. Cole Sanseverino and Nate Lonsway tied for fifth in the 800-meter at 1:54.74. Bolton and Jay Saunders were able to take the top-two spots in the 200-meter dash for the Eagles. Bolton notched the top-spot with a 21.77, while Saunders was second after finishing in 22.16.

The men's top 4x400-meter relay team at the opener took third place with a time of 3:19.83. Chris Scott, Chris Hall, Holland Fontaine and Bolton were the members of the third place team.

In the field events the Eagles showed success as well. Joe Tesner took second in the pole vault with a 4.76-meter leap. Anthony Bradley was able to place sixth in the long jump with 6.40-meter jump, while Arron Davis took seventh at 6.28-meters. Tim Fuller and David Papenhagen took the sixth and seventh slots in the high jump with 1.80- and 1.75-meter leaps. It was Donald Scott's 15.17-meter jump in the triple jump that caught the attention of many as he out leapt the field by over 1.50-meters. Scott's jump was also the seventh best in Eastern Michigan indoor history. Davis was able to take third in the triple jump with a leap of 13.42-meters.

"As a staff we saw very positive results in each event area giving us a solid start to the season and a foundation to build on," said Head Coach John Goodridge.

The Eagles are in competition again next weekend when they travel to the Simmons-Harvey Inivitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.