EMU - Women's Track and Field Opens Up Outdoor Season in Raleigh

EMU - Women's Track and Field Opens Up Outdoor Season in Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. (EMUEagles.com)—Eastern Michigan University's women's track and field team started off the 2014 outdoor track season with the perennially competitive Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State University. The Green and White competed in 10 events during the opening day of the meet on Friday, March 28, notching numerous personal-best marks.

Senior Kayla Pfund (Shelby Twp., Mich.-Lutheran North) notched a personal record in the outdoor 5000m run, finishing in the top-25 of the field in 18:02.77. Pfund shaved over 30 seconds off her time and paced teammate Taylor Knoll (Warren, Mich.-Mott (Lansing CC), who made her first appearance of the outdoor season with an 18:13.38 mark in the event. Three Eagles competed in the 100m hurdles, led by senior newcomer Pauline Chiariglione (Ajaccio, France-University of Nice). The French native took 42nd in 14.75 seconds and was the lone Eagle to break the 15-second barrier.

The final sprint of the day for the Eagles saw Aaliyah McKinney (South Bend, Ind.-John Adams) cross the line of the 100m dash in 12.25 seconds. Following her performance, the team went back to distance events for the remainder of the track slate. In the 3000m steeplechase, freshman Anna Quilez-Ribera (Girona, Spain-University of Girona) finished her first collegiate steeplechase in 11:33.72.

Veteran competitors Marina Manjon-Rivadulla (Barcelona, Spain-Escola University) and Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia-School #42) went up against top competition in the 1500m and 5000m, respectively. Manjon-Rivadulla posted a personal-best time of 4:39.05, cutting nearly eight seconds off her mark from a year ago, while Voronko placed 16th in the Section A 5000m run in 16:26.82, not far off her mark that broke the EMU record last season.

In a 10 p.m. nightcap, Anna Aldrich (Fremont, Ind.-Fremont) took 28th in the 10,000m run with a time of 36:53.71. Aldrich also earns honors on the all-time performance list, as the mark edged out Kari Larsen for the 10th spot and is the fastest 10,000m time by an Eagle since 2006.

Three events were held on the field, highlighted by Kate Wolanin (Oxford, Mich.-Oxford)'s second-place finish in the invitational high jump. The senior set a personal best in the event, clearing 1.75 meters/5 feet 8.75-inches, which also stands as the third-best mark in EMU program history. In the collegiate high jump, Natalie Uy (Kettering, Ohio-Fairmont) jumped 1.60 meters/5 feet 3.00-inches. Chiariglione made one more appearance in the first day of competition, finishing 25th in the long jump with a distance of 5.31 meters/17 feet 5.25-inches.

The team will continue tomorrow, March 29 at 9 a.m. Live results can be viewed via flashresults.com.

EMU Individual Results (* denotes personal best)

5000m Run Section D

24. Pfund, Kayla 18:02.77*

28. Knoll, Taylor 18:13.38*

100m Hurdles

42. Chiariglione, Pauline 14.75*

69. Wolanin, Kate 15.47

70. Uy, Natalie 15.48*

100m Dash

41. McKinney, Aaliyah 12.25

3000m Steeplechase

15. Quilez-Ribera, Anna 11:33.72*

1500m Run Invitational

54. Manjon-Rivadulla, Marina 4:39.05*

5000m Run Section A

16. Voronko, Victoria 16:26.82

10,000m Run Section A

28. Aldrich, Anna 36:53.71

High Jump Invitational

2. Wolanin, Kate 1.75m/5-08.75*

Long Jump

25. Chiariglione, Pauline 5.31m/17-05.25*

35. DeBardelaben, Makeda 5.13m/16-10.00

High Jump

20. Uy, Natalie 1.60m/5-03.00*