EMU - Women's Track and Field Wins Tri Meet Over MAC Opponents
Provided by EMU
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (EMUEagles.com)—Eastern Michigan University's women's track and field team secured its second meet win of the 2014-15 campaign, topping Mid-American Conference foes Central Michigan and Western Michigan in a tri meet. The Eagles scored 119 points for the victory, while host CMU took second with 103 points and WMU finished third with 79 points.
Head Coach Sue Parks looked at the victory as a good preview of the upcoming Mid-American Conference Championships, which will be hosted by CMU Feb. 27-28. "It was good to get a win in the facility that we're going to be competing at a month from now," explained Parks. "Getting the feel of the track and the atmosphere was good so we know what to expect when we come back for the MAC Championships."
EMU won seven events over the course of the evening, and two Eagles secured double wins for their team. On the track, Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia-School #42) made her first appearance of 2015, winning the mile run and the 3000m. In the mile, Voronko led a sweep of the event with Taylor Knoll (Warren, Mich.-Mott (Lansing CC)) and Anna Aldrich (Fremont, Ind.-Fremont). The Russian native finished well ahead of the field in 4:49.88, while Knoll claimed runner-up in 5:07.15 and Aldrich took third in 5:18.78. Voronko's second victory did not come as easily as her first, as Western Michigan freshman Maria McDaniel quickly rose to the occasion of running against one of the conference's toughest competitors. McDaniel led for the vast majority of the 3000m run, but Voronko's strength powered her through the final 200 meters to edge out her freshman opponent by a slim 0.33 seconds after crossing the line at 9:43.15. Natalie Cizmas (Clinton Twp., Mich.-Chippewa Valley) just missed out on the 10-minute mark, finishing sixth in 10:02.26.
Another pair of victories came on the field to reigning MAC Field Athlete of the Week Dace Dreimane (Ventspils, Latvia-Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1). The freshman won both the long jump and the triple jump by extremely comfortable margins, jumping 5.74 meters/18 feet 10-inches in the long jump before following up with a leap of 12.35 meters/40 feet 6.25-inches in the triple jump. In the long jump, Dreimane bested the MAC leader in the event, Kathryn Pickett of Western Michigan, by over a foot. The Latvian native had an even larger margin of victory in the triple jump, besting CMU's top jumper by nearly two and a half feet.
One more victory was earned on the field, with Ellie Braidic (Pandora, Ohio-Pandora-Gilboa) recording a height of 3.87 meters/12 feet 8.25-inches in the pole vault. The Eagles scored well in the event, as Janina Pollatz (Grandville, Mich.-Grand Rapids Christian) finished third with a jump of 3.57 meters/11 feet 8.50-inches.
Eastern enjoyed two more wins on the track, courtesy of Aaliyah McKinney (South Bend, Ind.-John Adams) and Sofie Gallein (Gits, Belgium-University of Leuven) in the 200m and 800m, respectively. Furthermore, both races featured an Eagle sweeping in for the runner-up spot. In the 200m, McKinney won her section in 25.08 seconds, while Jasmine Jones (Greensburg, Pa.-Hempfield Area) won the second section in 25.28 seconds for runner-up overall. Gallein won a thrilling 800m battle, clocking in at 2:17.62 while Agata Klimovich (Minsk, Belarus-Minsk School of Olympic Reserve) finished just one-hundredth of a second later in 2:17.63. The pair squeaked past CMU's Kelsey Ross for the top two spots, as the Chippewa finished in 2:17.64.
Jones and McKinney also competed in the 60m dash. Jones won the second section in 7.72 seconds, which was good for fourth overall, while McKinney took third in 7.64 seconds. Leading the group of sprinters was Danielle Clark (Paramaribo, Suriname-Ewald P. Meyer Lyceum), who set a personal record of 7.60 seconds en route to a runner-up finish.
In the remaining events on the field, Eastern continued to produce competitive marks across the board. Natalie Uy (Kettering, Ohio-Fairmont) recorded a career best in the high jump, finishing runner-up with a clearance of 1.64 meters/5 feet 4.50-inches. In the throws, Adrienne Waisner (Napoleon, Ohio-Napoleon) paced the team in the weight throw, earning second place with a launch of 15.73 meters/51 feet 7.25-inches while Helga Volgyi (Szombathely, Hungary-Savaria Technical College) finished third with a collegiate best of 15.46 meters/50 feet 8.75-inches. Darcie Marion (Adrian, Mich.-Madison) led the way for the Green and White in the shot put, throwing 11.41 meters/37 feet 5.25-inches for seventh.
Three other events took place on the track. In the 400m dash, Chante Roberts (Lansing, Mich.-Waverly) clocked in at 58.17 seconds for third, while Iesha Hardiman (Santa Clara, Calif.-Adrian Wilcox) finished in 58.77 seconds for sixth place. Dayna Hurd (Carson, Calif.-Carson) led the team in the 60m hurdles, taking fourth in 9.06 seconds and was followed by Tifani Byrd (Toms River, N.J.-Toms River North) in 9.22 seconds for fifth.
Eastern ended the meet with a strong effort in the 4x400m relay. Roberts, Jones, Hardiman, and Morgan Yeadon (Indianapolis, Ind.-Pike) gave a superb effort, but fell to both CMU and WMU in a close finish. The Eagles notched a time of 3:52.93, just .05 seconds behind the Western Michigan squad, but had secured their team victory before the race even began.
After competing at the Notre Dame Invitational, Jan. 24, the Eagles will return to South Bend, Ind. to take part in the highly competitive Meyo Invitational, Feb. 6-7. In addition to the team outing, the Green and White will also send a small group of athletes to compete at the Akron Invitational, Feb. 6-7.
EMU Individual Results (* is a personal best, ^ signifies a MAC qualifying mark)
2. Clark, Danielle 7.60*^
3. McKinney, Aaliyah 7.64
4. Jones, Jasmine 7.72
11. Threatt, Tericka 8.14
1. McKinney, Aaliyah 25.08
2. Jones, Jasmine 25.28
3. Roberts, Chante 58.17
6. Hardiman, Iesha 58.77
1. Gallein, Sofie 2:17.62
2. Klimovich, Agata 2:17.63
7. Mesa, Claire 2:24.16
8. Quaintance, Rebecca 2:25.33
1. Voronko, Victoria 4:49.88^
2. Knoll, Taylor 5:07.15
3. Aldrich, Anna 5:18.78*
1. Voronko, Victoria 9:43.15^
6. Cizmas, Natalie 10:02.26
7. Bentzley, Danielle 10:26.14
11. Pottschmidt, Lauren 10:37.37
12. Hubbard, Megan 11:07.07
4. Hurd, Dayna 9.06
5. Byrd, Tifani 9.22
10. Carter, Maya 9.70
3. Yeadon, Roberts, Jones, Hardiman 3:52.93
5. Hurd, Carter, Quaintance, Mesa 4:13.59
1. Braidic, Ellie 3.87m/12-08.25^
3. Pollatz, Janina 3.57m/11-08.50
1. Dreimane, Dace 5.74m/18-10.00^
5. Pollatz, Janina 5.23m/17-02.00
6. Coyne, Kristina 5.22m/17-01.50
9. Uy, Natalie 4.82m/15-09.75
10. Threatt, Tericka 4.39m/14-05.00
1. Dreimane, Dace 12.35m/40-06.25^
6. Byrd, Tifani 10.28m/33-08.75
7. Marion, Darcie 11.41m/37-05.25
8. Volgyi, Helga 9.48m/31-01.25*
2. Waisner, Adrienne 15.73m/51-07.25
3. Volgyi, Helga 15.46m/50-08.75*
6. Marion, Darcie 15.06m/49-05.00*
11. Briggs, Reagan 12.32m/39-07.75
2. Uy, Natalie 1.64m/5-04.50*
3. Coyne, Kristina 1.59m/5-02.50
6. McDonnell, SenClair 1.54m/5-00.50