EMU Women Display Top Form in Akron Opener

EMU Women Display Top Form in Akron Opener

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AKRON, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team competed in the 2012 Akron Opener and took home victories in multiple different events. Akron, Cincinnati, 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 notch top-five finishes in multiple events. Morgan Churchwell paced the distance runners in the one-mile run by taking the race with a final time of 5:07.83, while Cassie Coffman's 5:13.50 was good for second place. Cara Smock took fifth with a 5:35.96 and was the final distance runner for the Eagles. Victoria Voronko was able to notch a second place finish in the 3,000-meter run after completing the race in 9:58.56.

In the 60-meter hurdles the Cincinnati Bearcats took the top-four spots, while Ashley Wartley's 9.07 was good for a fifth place finish. The Green and White were able to take three of the top-four spots in the 400-meter dash, including Shantavia Williams' first place 56.31 finish. Asia Rawls was able to take second with a 56.78, while Kim Wedderburn placed fourth at 1:00.08. ReJeana Margina finished second in the 60-meter dash with a 7.81.

Beverly Elcock and Churchwell were able to notch top-five finishes in the 800-meter run. Elcock took second with a 2:13.42 and Churchwell finished fifth with a 2.17.28. The Eagle women took the 4x400-meter relay by less than a second in 3:49.57. Rawls, Elcock, Wedderburn and Williams were the winning relay team for Eastern.

In the field events the Eagles looked good, including a top-finish by Rosie White in the long jump at 5.40-meters. EMU had a pair of top-five finishers in the weight throw with Angela Scarber's 16.60-meter toss led Eastern in third place, while freshman Lydia Gomez-Diaz threw a 15.53-meter which was good for fifth. Tatijana Jacobson leaped 1.65-meters in the high jump, which was good for second place.

"We hoped to win against all of the teams so it was disappointing to lose to Cincinnati. We had some good performances here and there but we were also rusty in some areas," said Head Coach Sue Parks. "It's good to get the first meet of the new year under our belt so we know where we stand. It's a starting point and as defending MAC Champions, we should be very motivated to step up our game over this next stretch of the season."

Eastern competes again next week when it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the 2012 Simmons-Harvey Invitational.