EMU - Eagles Tie Chippewas, 74-74, in Dual Meet Action

EMU - Eagles Tie Chippewas, 74-74, in Dual Meet Action

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (EMUEagles.com)—Eastern Michigan University's men's track and field team was able to compete at the site of the 2015 Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships when it took on MAC rival Central Michigan University Friday, Jan. 30. The Eagles and the Chippewas finished the short dual meet with a deadlocked score, 74-74.

However, the highlight of the day for the Eagles occurred at the Elite Throws Competition in Findlay, Ohio. Anthony Jones (Sandusky, Ohio-Sandusky) proved why he was invited to be included in such elite company, once again breaking his EMU weight throw record by two feet with a launch of 21.39 meters/70 feet 2.25-inches. His mark ranks atop the MAC, besting Kent State's Matthias Tayala by an inch, and also sits at eighth in the nation.

Eastern saw seven victories throughout the day, with five wins coming on the track. In the 200m dash, reigning MAC Track Athlete of the Week Tyler Brown (Findlay, Ohio-Findlay) won in 21.92 seconds, being the only competitor to dip below 22 seconds. Brown also competed in the long jump, finishing third with a leap of 6.72 meters/22 feet 0.75-inches. The event was won by Donald Scott (Apopka, Fla.-Apopka), who continued his senior campaign as a premier competitor in both the long and triple jump. Scott claimed a victory in the long jump with a jump of 6.96 meters/22 feet 10-inches, while he won the triple jump with a mark of 15.23 meter/49 feet 11.75-inches, winning by nearly eight feet.

The Eagles saw a pair of personal records in the weight throw, with Andrew Wentz (Napoleon, Ohio-Napoleon) and Keith Williams (Sherman, Ill.-Williamsville) finishing third and fourth behind a pair of top-notch Central Michigan throwers. Wentz improved on his career mark by a whopping six feet, throwing 18.18 meters/59 feet 7.75-inches for third place, while Williams finished fourth with a throw of 17.92 meters/58 feet 9.50-inches. Williams went on to compete in the shot put, finishing fourth with a throw of 15.33 meters/50 feet 3.50-inches. Travis Harris (Walled Lake, Mich.-Walled Lake Central) paced the Eagles in the event, throwing 17.02 meters/55 feet 10.25-inches, and Quinn Levering (Caledonia, Ohio-River Valley) took second at 16.58 meters/54 feet 4.75-inches.

Wrapping up action on the field, Solomon Ijah (Murrieta, Calif.-Murrieta Valley) finished third in the high jump at 1.82 meters/5 feet 11.50-inches, while the pair of Brett Laura (Chesterton, Ind.-Chesterton) and Dylan Stites (Hunstville, Ohio-Indian Lake) tied for second in the pole vault with clearances of 4.60 meters/15 feet 1-inch.

Ijah also competed on the track, winning the 60m hurdles in 8.17 seconds, while Bryce Lindsey (New Middletown, Ohio-Fairfield Senior) took fourth in 8.42 seconds and freshman Cameron Jackson (Columbus, Ohio-Eastmoor Academy) finished fifth in 8.58 seconds. Two more individual wins came to the Eagles on the track. In the mile run, Warren Witchell (Williamston, Mich.-Dansville) paced Cameron Trinh (Oakland, Calif.-Skyline) for a 1-2 punch, with Witchell crossing the line in 4:20.49 before Trinh's mark of 4:21.17. Witchell also competed in the 800m run, finishing third in 1:59.36 while Scott Bradley (Battle Creek, Mich.-Lakeview) raced past his competitors in the back straightaway for the 1:58.75 victory.

Wayne Blanchard (Toledo, Ohio-St. Francis de Sales) paced the Eagles in the 60m dash, finishing runner-up in 6.99 seconds. Freshman Brandon Bolden (Solon, Ohio-Solon) swept in for fourth in 7.05 seconds, and Pedro Delgado (Southfield, Mich.-Brother Rice) took fifth in 7.06 seconds. In the 400m, the Eagles surrendered just the first-place spot as Mason Waynes (Kenosha, Wis.-Bradford) led the way for the Green and White in 49.81 seconds for second place. One more individual event was run on the track, with Steve Hammond (Warsaw, Ohio-River View) recording a personal-best 8:51.35 in the 3000m.

Eastern entered the final event of the day, the 4x400m relay, down two points to the Chippewas. However, the Eagles did not concede a team victory to CMU, winning the relay in 3:22.12 by a margin of over three seconds ahead of Central behind the lineup of Jason Ervin (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Farmington), Nick James (Troy, Ohio-Troy), Jeff Elam (Latrobe, Pa.-Greater Latrobe Senior), and Waynes.

Two weeks after their victory at the Notre Dame Invitational, Jan. 24, the Eagles will return to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the illustrious Meyo Invitational, Feb. 6-7. The squad will split up for the weekend, with a small group also heading to Akron, Ohio for the Akron Invitational.

EMU Individual Results (* is a personal record; ^ signifies a MAC qualifying mark)

60m Dash

2. Blanchard, Wayne 6.99

4. Bolden, Brandon 7.05

5. Delgado, Pedro 7.06

6. Snead, Kevin 7.07

10. Avery, Teyland 7.25

200m Dash

1. Brown, Tyler 21.92

4. Bolden, Brandon 22.42

6. Delgado, Pedro 22.48

7. Williams, Matthew 22.64

400m Dash

2. Waynes, Mason 49.81

3. Elam, Jeff 49.96

4. James, Nick 50.26*

5. Ervin, Jason 50.97

800m Run

1. Bradley, Scott 1:58.75

3. Witchell, Warren 1:59.36

5. Sparks, Stephen 1:59.66

7. Hess, Caleb 2:01.30

8. Cooke, Mark 2:01.66*

10. Jozwiak, Tom 2:04.35

Mile Run

1. Witchell, Warren 4:20.49

2. Trinh, Cameron 4:21.17

3000m Run

5. Hammond, Steve 8:51.35*

6. Flores, Abel 9:04.18

60m Hurdles

1. Ijah, Solomon 8.17^^

4. Lindsey, Bryce 8.42

5. Jackson, Cameron 8.58

6. Selvig, Levi 8.71

4x400m Relay

1. Ervin, Waynes, James, Elam 3:22.12

High Jump

3. Ijah, Solomon 1.82m/5-11.50

Long Jump

1. Scott, Donald 6.96m/22-10.00

3. Brown, Tyler 6.72m/22-00.75

7. Dewberry, Aaron 6.30m/20-08.00

8. Selvig, Levi 6.20m/20-04.25

Triple Jump

1. Scott, Donald 15.23m/49-11.75^

2. Fischre, Chris 12.84m/42-01.50

Shot Put

2. Harris, Travis 17.02m/55-10.25^

3. Levering, Quinn 16.58m/54-04.75

4. Williams, Keith 15.33m/50-03.50

5. Hierholzer, Mike 14.98m/49-01.75

Weight Throw

3. Wentz, Andrew 18.18m/59-07.75*

4. Williams, Keith 17.92m/58-09.50*

Pole Vault

2. Laura, Brett 4.60m/15-01.00

2. Stites, Dylan 4.60m/15-01.00

6. Dumont, Andy 4.30m/14-01.25*

7. Ijah, Solomon 4.15m/13-07.25

Weight Throw (Findlay Open)

4. Jones, Anthony 21.39m/70-02.25*#^