EMU - Men's Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season at Toledo

EMU - Men's Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season at Toledo

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The 2013 Mid-American Conference indoor champion Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team begins the outdoor portion of its schedule at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge this weekend, March 29-30. The meet will take place at the Fetterman Outdoor Track and Field Facility on the campus of the University of Toledo.

EMU will compete against 13 other schools: Bowling Green, Buffalo, Butler, Central Michigan, Concordia, Detroit, Findlay, Indiana Tech, Marygrove, Siena Heights, Spring Arbor, Wayne State and Western Michigan.

“The Toledo Collegiate Challenge affords us the opportunity to transition to the outdoor season as well as giving many of our younger athletes competitive experience,” mentioned EMU Head Coach John Goodridge.

Leading the Eagles into the spring campaign will be 11 athletes named to All-MAC teams during the indoor season, including MAC Championship MVP Terefe Ejigu and Most Outstanding Performer Grzegorz Kalinowski. To pace EMU in the field events will be EMU school recorder holders Donald Scott and Max Babits. Scott broke the indoor triple jump record at the Eagle Holiday Meet, Dec. 7 with a leap of 15.58 meters (51-feet 01.50-inches). Babits initially shattered the EMU record at the EMU Triangular, Jan. 11, but the vaulter broke his own record at the MAC Championships, Feb. 23, eclipsing the 5.33 meter mark (17-feet 05.25-inches). This solid core of all-conference performers will set its sights on sweeping the MAC Championships with a victory at the MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 9-11.

Last season, the Eagles finished third out of 12 teams at their opening outdoor meet, scoring 122 points. EMU pole vault record holder Babits led Eastern taking the crown in the pole vault with a leap of 4.85-meters, while Joe Tesner took second in the event at 4.70-meters. The Green and White had much success on the track as well, including a first place finish in the 4x100-meter relay in 41.82. Ian Hancke and Josh George placed 1-2 in the 1,500-meter run in 3:54.91 and 3:57.25, respectively. Hancke's time was also good for a new meet record.

Coach Goodridge joins Eagle All-Access to talk about the upcoming outdoor season.