EMU - 4x100m Relay Team Breaks School Record at Drake Relays
Provided by EMU
DES MOINES, Iowa/HILLSDALE, Mich. (EMUEagles.com)—Eastern Michigan University's men's track team wrapped up another long day of competition in both Des Moines, Iowa and Hillsdale, Mich. with the first day of competition in the Drake Relays and the second portion of the Hillsdale Gina Relays, April 25.
The performance of the day was undoubtedly the 4x100m relay, in which the team of Cameron Bolton (Missouri City, Texas-Hightower), Tyler Brown (Findlay, Ohio-Findlay), Jeff Elam (Latrobe, Pa.-Greater Latrobe Senior) and Chris Scott (Holt, Mich.-Holt) broke the EMU record in the qualifying heat of the competition, finishing fifth in 40.04 seconds. The time busted open a record that had stood for 25 years, when Wayne Boyd, Dazel Jules, Ed Smith, and Chuck Wilson ran a time of 40.11 in 1989. "Breaking this record has been a goal of ours," beamed Head Coach John Goodridge, "and I can't express how happy I am for these EMU men and their coach, Sterling Roberts."
The Eagles had similar success in the 4x400m relay, qualifying for the finals round after a seventh-place finish in 3:06.54 thanks to Bolton, Brown, Elam, and Mason Waynes (Kenosha, Wisc.-Bradford). The mark is a season-best and also earned its spot in EMU laurels as the fourth-fastest time in school history. The time is the fastest since the record-setting performance in 1988, which holds a solid reign over the all-time list at 3:04.73.
Both relay teams will move on to the championship rounds tomorrow, April 26. The 4x100m is slated for a 11:10 a.m. CT start, while the 4x400m is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. CT. The Eagles will go up against teams from No. 13 Baylor, Illinois, No. 4 Arkansas, Purdue, No. 6 Georgia, Iowa, and No. 12 Nebraska in the 4x100m relay, while the field for the 4x400m relay will consist of Texas Christian, Baylor, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and Georgia.
Two other athletes competed for the Green and White in Des Moines, as Bryce Lindsey (New Middletown, Ohio-Fairfield Senior) took 23rd in the preliminary round of the 110m hurdles, finishing in 14.83. On the field, Max Babits (Howell, Mich.-Fowlerville) took fourth in the pole vault, clearing 5.30 meters/17 feet 4.50-inches.
Due to events running late at the Hillsdale Gina Relays, results will be reported tomorrow. Please check back for Day Two results.
The Green and White will continue to compete through tomorrow, April 26, at both the Drake Relays and the Hillsdale Gina Relays. Action in Hillsdale will begin at 10 a.m. with the triple jump and javelin throw, while things will kick off with the high jump in Des Moines at 10 a.m. CT. Drake will provide live results via deltatiming.com.
EMU Individual Results (* denotes personal best, ^ signifies MAC qualifying mark, # represents EMU record, q is a meet qualifying mark)
Drake Relays Results
23. Lindsey, Bryce 14.83
4. Bolton, Elam, Scott, Brown 40.04q#
4. Babits, Max 5.30m/17-04.50^
7. Elam, Bolton, Waynes, Brown 3:06.54q