EMU - Women's Track and Field Splits to Begin 2013 Outdoor Season

EMU - Women's Track and Field Splits to Begin 2013 Outdoor Season

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team will open up its 2013 outdoor season with a pair of meets. A select group of athletes will travel west to Palo Alto, Calif. to compete in the Stanford Invitational while the rest of the team will head south to participate in the Toledo Collegiate Challenge. Both meets will take place March 29-30.

“We are excited about opening our outdoor season at both Stanford and Toledo,” exclaimed EMU Head Coach Sue Parks. “We hope to build on our success during the indoor season and continue to progress throughout the spring.”

The majority of the team will compete at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge against the following schools: Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Concordia, Detroit, Findlay, Indiana Tech, Indianapolis, IUPUI, Marygrove, Ohio State, Siena Heights, Toledo, Trine, Wayne State and Western Michigan. The Fetterman Outdoor Track and Field Facility on the campus of the University of Toledo will be the site of all the action. “The meet at Toledo will be solid competition for the rest of the team as several MAC teams will be participating,” metioned Coach Parks.

The following Eagles will be competing at the Stanford Invitational: Morgan Churchwell, Vanessa Clerveaux, Latipha Cross, Tatijana Jacobson, Aaliyah McKinney, Alysha Newman, Asia Rawls and Victoria Voronko. “The Stanford meet is a reward for the athletes who scored well for us at the MAC meet along with an opportunity for them to compete against national level competition,” noted Coach Parks. Both days of competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time on Cobb Track at Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University.

All eight of these athletes helped lead EMU to a runner-up finish at the MAC Indoor Track and Field Championshps, Feb. 22-23. There were 10 Eagles named to All-MAC teams at the meet, including two champions in Clerveaux and Newman. Cerveaux took the 60-meter hurdles title in 8.31 while Newman set a new EMU record and Canadian Junior National record in the pole vault with a leap of 13-feet 10.50-inches (4.23 meters).

Newman finished off her indoor collegiate debut season by qualifying for the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., March 9. Coming into the meet ranked with the 15th-best mark nationally, Newman leaped 13-feet 5.25-inches (4.10 meters) to place as the 12th-best pole vaulter in the nation. For her performance, the freshman pole vaulter was named second-team All-American by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This mark at the NCAA Championships was the second-best of Newman's EMU career, and she sat down with Eagle All-Access to talk about her successful indoor season as well as looking ahead to the outdoor campaign.