EMU - Men's Track and Field Wraps Up Action at Drake Relays and Hillsdale Gina Relays

EMU - Men's Track and Field Wraps Up Action at Drake Relays and Hillsdale Gina Relays

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DES MOINES, Iowa/HILLSDALE, Mich. (EMUEagles.com)—Eastern Michigan University's men's track and field team wrapped up competition at both the Drake Relays and the Hillsdale Gina Relays, April 26.

The Green and White saw history made at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, as the 4x100m relay 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) became the first EMU team to record a sub-40 second mark. The quartet, which broke the EMU record yesterday in the preliminary heat at 40.04 seconds, took sixth with a mark of 39.98. Bolton, Brown, and Elam later teamed up with Mason Waynes (Kenosha, Wisc.-Bradford) in the 4x400m relay, clocking in at 3:07.97 to take seventh.

Five athletes competed on the field at the Drake Relays to complete the slate in Iowa. EMU record holder Donald Scott (Apopka, Fla.-Apopka) took fourth in the triple jump, leaping 15.82 meters/51 feet 11.00-inches to pace freshman Javion Lee (Clinton, Miss.-Clinton), who took 10th with a mark of 14.48 meters/47 feet 6.25-inches. Both marks qualify the athletes for competition in the 2014 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 15-17.

Also punching their tickets to the conference meet were Aaron Benton (Dryden, Mich.-Almont) and Keith Williams (Sherman, Ill.-Williamsville). Benton took 14th in the high jump, clearing 6 feet 9.75-inches, and Williams notched a 21st-place finish in the hammer throw with a distance of 54.54 meters/178 feet 11-inches. Travis Harris (Walled Lake, Mich.-Walled Lake Central) also took 21st in his event, throwing 16.09 meters/52 feet 9.50-inches in the shot put.

In Hillsdale, Mich., a group of Eagles competed in the championship heats on the track and a pair of field events. Recording a personal best in the triple jump, Chris Fischre (East Lansing, Mich.-East Lansing) leapt 13.42 meters/44 feet 0.50-inches to take seventh. In the pole vault, Dylan Stites (Huntsville, Ohio-Indian Lake) paced Solomon Ijah (Murrieta, Calif.-Murrieta Valley) with a clearance of 4.55 meters/14 feet 11.00-inches. Ijah recorded a personal-best vault of 4.25 meters/13 feet 11.25-inches and also notched a personal record on the track, placing 10th in the 110m hurdles at 14.90 seconds.

The Eagles saw success in the 4x100m relay in Hillsdale as well, as the team of Mike Aririguzo (West Bloomfield, Mich.-West Bloomfield), Wayne Blanchard (Toledo, Ohio-St. Francis de Sales), Pedro Delgado (Southfield, Mich.-Brother Rice), and Michael Griffin (Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul) claimed a victory in 41.67 seconds.

Three more members of the Green and White competed on the track, with Grzegorz Kalinowski (Torun, Poland-Nicolaus Copernicus University) winning the 800m run in 1:50.48. Jason Ervin (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Farmington) earned the final top-10 finish after claiming seventh in the 400m dash in 49.05, and Scott Bradley (Battle Creek, Mich.-Lakeview) placed 32nd in the deep field of the 1500m run, crossing the line at 4:09.81.

The Eagles will travel to Bloomington, Ind. for their first of two more meets in preparation of the MAC Championships, taking on the field at the Billy Hayes Invitational, Friday and Saturday, May 2-3.

EMU Individual Results (* denotes personal best, ^ denotes MAC qualifying mark, # signifies EMU record)

Drake Relays Results

High Jump

14. Benton, Aaron J2.08m/6-09.75^

Hammer Throw

21. Williams, Keith 54.54m/178-11^

Triple Jump

4. Scott, Donald 15.82m/51-11.00^

10. Lee, Javion 14.48m/47-06.25^

Shot Put

21. Harris, Travis 16.09m/52-09.50

4x100m Relay

6. Bolton, Elam, Scott, Brown 39.98#

4x400m Relay

7. Elam, Bolton, Waynes, Brown 3:07.97

Hillsdale Relays Results

Triple Jump

7. Fischre, Chris 13.42m/44-00.50*

Pole Vault

t-3. Stites, Dylan 4.55m/14-11.00

t-5. Ijah, Solomon 4.25m/13-11.25*

4x100m Relay

1. Aririguzo, Blanchard, Griffin, Delgado 41.67

1500m Run

32. Bradley, Scott 4:09.81*

110m Hurdles Championship

10. Ijah, Solomon 14.90*

400m Dash Championship

7. Ervin, Jason 49.05

800m Run Championship

1. Kalinowski, Grzegorz 1:50.48