EMU - Men's Track and Field Places Third at MAC Outdoor Championships

EMU - Men's Track and Field Places Third at MAC Outdoor Championships

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AKRON, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team completed the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships with third-place finish, May 11. The University of Akron won the team title on its home track, the Lee R. Jackson Track and Field Complex, finishing with 195 points. Kent State University followed close behind with 183 points. EMU tallied 142.50 points while Miami, Buffalo and Central Michigan rounded out the team standings.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Chris Scott, Cameron Bolton, Matthew Williams and Jay Saunders won a MAC title, finishing ahead of the other teams in 40.47. It was the second 4x100 conference crown for both Scott and Saunders as the duo made up half of the last EMU team to win the relay back in 2011.

The busy day continued for the EMU sprinters. Bolton tallied 10 points for the Green and White in his three individual events. The sophomore from Missouri City, Texas raced in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash, placing eighth, fifth and fourth, respectively.

Saunders, one of the three EMU captains, paced the Eagles in two races. He took third in the 100-meter dash, edging out fellow Eagle Chris Scott by .02 for third place. The senior sprinter ended the 200-meter dash in fourth with a time of 21.64.

In the field, Max Babits placed second in the pole vault, nearly breaking the EMU outdoor record. Already holding the school indoor record, the Fowlerville, Mich. native leaped 17-feet 4.50-inches (5.30 meters) to finish runner-up to one of the best vaulters in the nation in Akron's Shawn Barber. Babits moved into second in EMU laurels as his vault was just 0.50 inches (1 meter) short of the program record set by Mark Smith in 1991.

Darrell Butler picked up points for Eastern in both hurdle events, taking fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 400-meter hurdles with times of 14.46 and 52.12, respectively. Freshman Jeff Elam followed in the 400 hurdles with a sixth-place finish.

Two Eagles had runner-up finishes in the two distance races. Grzegorz Kalinowski took second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:52.15 while Terefe Ejigu's time of 14:40.13 was enough for silver in the 5,000-meter run.

EMU has two weeks off to rest before preparing for the NCAA Regionals in Greenboro, N.C., May 23-25.

Team Standings

1. Akron, 195

2. Kent State, 183

3. Eastern Michigan, 142.50

4. Miami, 125

5. Buffalo, 97.50

6. Central Michigan, 67

MVP - Nicholas Banke, Akron

Coach of the Year:

Dennis Mitchell, Akron

Most Outstanding Field Performance:

Shawn Barber, Akron

Most Outstanding Track Performance:

Mike Heller, Kent State

High Jump

7. Brumfield, 6-feet 6-inches (1.98 meters)

-- Waldron, NH

Pole Vault

2. Babits, 17-feet 4.50-inches (5.30 meters)

5. Tesner, 16-feet 0.75-inches (4.90 meters)

9. Stites, 15-feet 1-inch (4.60 meters)

Discus Throw

9. Jones, 149-feet 9-inches (45.65 meters)

11. Harris, 140-feet 5-inches (42.81 meters)

4x100-meter relay

1. Scott, C., Bolton, Williams, M., Saunders, 40.47

1,500-meter run

2. Kalinowski, 3:52.15

6. Hancke, 3:55.17

7. Smith, 3:56.11

110-meter hurdles (finals)

4. Butler, 14.46

400-meter dash (finals)

4. Bolton, 48.07

6. Williams, M., 48.31

7. Ervin, 48.35

100-meter dash (finals)

3. Saunders, 10.726

4. Scott, C., 10.728

8. Bolton, 11.22

800-meter run (finals)

7. George, 1:52.72

400-meter hurdles (finals)

3. Butler, 52.12

6. Elam, 53.19

200-meter dash (finals)

4. Saunders, 21.64

5. Bolton, 21.74

7. Williams, M., 22.01

5,000-meter run

2. Ejigu, 14:40.13

5. Witchell, 14:46.08

4x400-meter relay

3. Scott, C., Bolton, Elam, Ervin, 3:11.51