EMU Men - Harriers Shine at Raleigh Relays
Provided by EMU
RALEIGH, N.C. (EMUEagles.com)—Eastern Michigan University's men's track and field team opened up the 2015 outdoor campaign with the first day of the Raleigh Relays, March 27.
The highlight of the day came late in the evening, as Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio-Maumee) claimed the title in the 5000m run out of over 100 harriers. Fink not only cut down on his personal record by more than 20 seconds, but his winning mark of 13:51.35 is the third-fastest in EMU history and the fastest since Boaz Cheboiywo broke the record in 2003.
Another standout performance took place in the long jump invitational, where Donald Scott (Apopka, Fla.-Apopka) placed second with a leap of 7.08 meters/23 feet 2.75-inches, missing out on the winning spot by a slim two inches. Tyler Brown (Findlay, Ohio-Findlay) competed alongside the redshirt-senior, finishing eighth at 6.46 meters/21 feet 2.50-inches.
Three other events were contested on the field on the first day of action. In the discus throw, Mike Hierholzer (Medina, Ohio-Medina) paced the Eagles with a throw of 41.92 meters/145 feet 1-inch to place 13th, while Travis Harris (Walled Lake, Mich.-Walled Lake Central) claimed 18th at 40.50 meters/132 feet 10-inches. Harris went on to lead the Green and White in the shot put, placing 13th with a throw of 15.29 meters/50 feet 2-inches, and the pair of Keith Williams (Sherman, Ill.-Williamsville) and Quinn Levering (Caledonia, Ohio-River Valley) finished in 14th and 15th with throws of 15.23 meters/49 feet 11.75-inches and 15.22 meters/49 feet 11.25-inches, respectively.
In the high jump, Ryan Brumfield (Chester Springs, Pa.-Owen J. Robert) and James O'Shea (Toledo, Ohio-St. Johns Jesuit) both cleared 1.90 meters/6 feet 2.75-inches, with Brumfield tying for seventh and O'Shea claiming 11th overall.
Back on the track, the Eagles had a pair of sprinters finish in the top-10 in the 100m dash. Kevin Snead (Richmond, Va.-George Wythe (Pima CC)) and Brandon Bolden (Solon, Ohio-Solon) both crossed the line in 10.88 seconds, but Snead had the upper hand when it came down to thousandths of a second, placing eighth while Bolden took ninth. Another close finish between teammates came in the 400m dash, as Matthew Williams (Moreno Valley, Calif.-Vista Del Lago) and Jason Ervin (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Farmington) took 11th and 12th, respectively. Williams clocked in at 48.17 seconds, while Ervin garnered a mark of 48.41 seconds.
In the 110m hurdles, Bryce Lindsey (New Middletown, Ohio-Fairfield Senior) claimed another top-10 mark of the day for Eastern, placing ninth in 14.68 seconds while Solomon Ijah (Murrieta, Calif.-Murrieta Valley) was close behind in 14.74 seconds for 11th. Additionally, Jeff Elam (Latrobe, Pa.-Greater Latrobe Senior) set a personal best of 14.89 seconds, finishing 17th.
In the three remaining distance events, Steve Hammond (Warsaw, Ohio-River View (Wingate)) finished 21st in the 3000m steeplechase after notching a 9:22.65, followed by Caleb Hess (Owosso, Mich.-Owosso) in 10:11.65. The 1500m saw Mitch Lenneman (River Falls, Wis.-River Falls) as the lead runner for the Eagles, finishing in the top-40 with a time of 3:55.80 while Nick Raymond (Erie, Mich.-Mason) clocked in at 3:58.40.
In the nightcap run of the 10,000m, the distance group came out in fine showing, as two Eagles earned spots on the all-time top-10 list. Warren Witchell (Dansville, Mich.-Williamston) churned out a ninth-place finish in 29:36.19 and Hlynur Andresson (Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland-Mountain Ridge (Alderson Broaddus)) clocked in at 29:38.42 to claim 13th. The two times take over as the ninth and 10th-fastest marks in program laurels, and the Green and White had one final top-20 run by John Knox (Gloversville, N.Y.-Gloversville) in 29:47.05 to finish 17th.
Eastern will resume competition tomorrow, beginning with the hammer throw at 10 a.m. On the track, the 4x1500m relay will start at 11 a.m. For live results and streaming, please visit the Raleigh Relays site at www.gopack.com.
EMU Individual Results (* signifies a personal best)
9. Lindsey, Bryce 14.68
11. Ijah, Solomon 14.74
17. Elam, Jeff 14.89*
25. Selvig, Levi 15.18
13. Hierholzer, Mike 41.92m/145-01*
18. Harris, Travis 40.50m/132-10
8. Snead, Kevin 10.88*
9. Bolden, Brandon 10.88*
22. Bolton, Cameron 11.13
31. Delgado, Pedro 11.21
32. Blanchard, Wayne 11.21
11. Williams, Matthew 48.17
12. Ervin, Jason 48.41
22. Waynes, Mason 49.34
53. James, Nick 50.61*
39. Lenneman, Mitch 3:55.80*
61. Raymond, Nick 3:58.40*
100. Sparks, Stephen 4:03.13*
21. Hammond, Steve 9:22.65*
39. Hess, Caleb 10:11.65*
13. Harris, Travis 15.29m/50-02.00
14. Williams, Keith 15.23m/49-11.75
15. Levering, Quinn 15.22m/49-11.25
40. Hierholzer, Mike 13.69m/44-11.00*
High Jump College Division
7. Brumfield, Ryan 1.90m/6-02.75
11. O'Shea, James 1.90m/6-02.75
Long Jump Invitational
2. Scott, Donald 7.08m/23-02.75
8. Brown, Tyler 6.46m/21-02.50
1. Fink,Willy 13:51.35*
9. Witchell, Warren 29:36.19*
13. Andresson, Hlynur 29:38.42*
17. Knox, John 29:47.05*
60. Flores, Abel 31:51.98*