Past and Present Eagles Wrap Up Weekend Competition

Past and Present Eagles Wrap Up Weekend Competition

Provided by EMU

DES MOINES, Iowa ( - The tradition of the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team shined bright at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend, June 22-23, as a current Eagle raced in the finals of the 400-meter dash while a former Eagle-turned-Olympian competed in the high jump. Both athletes arrived at Drake Stadium in hopes of earning a chance to represent the United States of America at international events.

EMU freshman Jason Ervin (Farmington Hill, Mich.-Farmington) was looking to represent his nation at the Junior Pan-American Games in Colombia. Meanwhile, a past EMU star who has competed for his country on the biggest stage, Olympian Jamie Nieto, was attempting to qualify for the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Unfortunately, neither of the athletes were able to secure spots on Team USA.

Ervin qualified for the 400-meter dash finals in the junior division, Friday, June 21, with at time of 47.61. Advancing with the sixth-fastest time in the prelims, Ervin was unable to improve his position in the finals, crossing the finish line in 47.96 to place sixth.

On the final day of the national meet, Nieto took 14th in the senior division high jump with a leap of 7-feet 0.50-inches (2.15 meters). Just over one year ago, Nieto leapt 7-feet 6.25-inches (2.29 meters) en route to a sixth-place finish at the 2012 London Olympic Games, representing Team USA.

400-meter dash

6. Ervin, 47.96

High Jump

14. Nieto, 7-feet 0.50-inches (2.15 meters)