EMU Women - Three Teams Await Women's Track and Field Saturday

EMU Women - Three Teams Await Women's Track and Field Saturday

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team will once again compete in-state, traveling to Allendale, Mich. (to face host Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University and Hillsdale College in the Grand Valley State Quad, Jan. 26.) The meet begins with field events at 1 p.m. followed by running events at 2 p.m. in the Kelly Family Sports Building.

EMU enters Saturday's quad ranked No. 9 nationally in the Track and Field News Magazine women's dual-meet rankings. The GVSU Quad will be EMU's third scored meet of the indoor season and fourth meet overall. The Eagles won their previous two scored meets this season, the Eagle Holiday Meet against four competing schools, Dec. 7, as well as the EMU Triangular against Akron and Buffalo, Jan. 11.

Not only have the Eagles performed well as a team to start the season, but there have been many individual accomplishments, including three performances which rank in the top-20 nationally.

With a six-foot leap in the high jump at the Eagle Holiday Meet, senior team captain Tatijana Jacobson not only won the event, but the Woodville, Ohio native recorded a mark that ranks sixth in the nation. In her final season at EMU, Jacobson already has recorded two victories along with a second-place finish.

Freshman Vanessa Clerveaux crossed the finish line in 8.38 in the 60-meter hurdles at the EMU Triangular. Her winning time is currently the 18th-best in the nation, and helped the Brockton, Mass. native earn MAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week honors, Jan. 15. Three meets into her collegiate career, Clerveaux has three wins and a runner-up finish.

Another freshman turning heads this year is pole vaulter Alysha Newman. The Delaware, Ontario native currently holds the 17th highest vault in the nation at 13-feet and 1.50-inches. Newman accomplished this feat at the EMU Triangular, where she took third. Along with her third-place finish, she also has placed first and second in her other two meets to begin her EMU career.

For more on the EMU women's track and field team, check out this week's edition of Women's Track and Field Weekly on Eagle All-Access. This week's edition features senior team captain Asia Rawls.