EMU - Eastern Wrangles Broncos, 108-84
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (EMUEagles.com)—Eastern Michigan University's women's track and field team started off the 2015 outdoor campaign on the right foot, taking down in-state Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan, 108-84, in dual meet action, April 3.
The Green and White came away with 13 victories throughout 18 events on the afternoon, and featured multiple student-athletes cracking the all-time top-10 rankings. Highlighting the all-time performances was Megan Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio-Woodmore), who broke a nearly 30-year-old record in the discus throw with a launch of 43.53 meters/142 feet 9-inches. Pendleton finished third overall in the event, and threw more than three feet farther than Rhonda Moorehead's 1986 mark of 42.39 meters/139 feet 1-inch. Not far behind Pendleton was Helga Volgyi (Szombathely, Hungary-Savaria Technical College) with a throw of 37.34 meters/122 feet 6-inches, just missing out on EMU's top-10 list.
Volgyi retained her third-place spot in Eastern laurels in the hammer throw, improving on her mark from last week by over five meters. The freshman won the event by more than six meters with a throw of 56.66 meters/185 feet 10-inches, while Pendleton grabbed the sixth spot on EMU's all-time list with a mark of 47.89 meters/157 feet 1-inch to finish fourth overall.
The Eagles had one more victory in the throws as Sarah Chauchard (Montpellier, France-University of Montpellier) took the title in the javelin with a mark of 36.64 meters/120 feet 2-inches. Chauchard won with a margin of more than three meters, and Kristina Coyne (Pittsburgh, Pa.-Chartiers Valley) took third in her first collegiate javelin competition with a throw of 31.98 meters/104 feet 11-inches. Chauchard also competed in the shot put and long jump, with a personal record of 12.88 meters/42 feet 3.25-inches in the shot put to place third, which ties for the fourth-farthest throw in school history while multi competitor Kate Wolanin (Oxford, Mich.-Oxford) also notched a career mark in the shot put at 10.20 meters/33 feet 5.75-inches to take fifth.
Wolanin also earned top honors in the high jump, clearing 1.65 meters/5 feet 5-inches, and Natalie Uy (Kettering, Ohio-Fairmont) claimed runner-up at 1.55 meters/5 feet 1-inch. Uy claimed a victory in the pole vault with Janina Pollatz (Grandview, Mich.-Grand Rapids Christian) sweeping in for second as the pair both posted clearances of 3.70 meters/12 feet 1.50-inches for the Green and White.
Wrapping up action on the field, Dace Dreimane (Ventspils, Latvia-Ventspils Gymnasium No.1) won both the long jump and triple jump in her first collegiate outdoor meet. The Latvian product dominated in the triple jump, winning by nearly a meter and a half with a jump of 12.53 meters/41 feet 1.50-inches, which is the fourth-farthest triple jump by an Eagle in program history, while Coyne took second after tying her career best at 11.13 meters/36 feet 6.25-inches. Dreimane also won the long jump, this time by a slimmer margin of three centimeters with a mark of 5.70 meters/18 feet 8.50-inches.
On the track, Aaliyah McKinney (South Bend, Ind.-John Adams) posted a pair of wins with a sweep of the 100m and 200m. The reigning MAC champion in both events was not far off her personal record in the 100m, winning in 11.86 seconds as the only competitor to post a sub-12-second mark, while Danielle Clark (Paramaribo, Suriname-Ewald P. Meyer Lyceum) claimed second in 12.04 seconds, just three hundredths of a second off her personal best. McKinney then won the 200m dash in 24.41 seconds, and Clark claimed thir in 24.78 seconds .
Three more individual victories came by way of the track athletes, with a trio of freshmen posting their first collegiate outdoor wins. In the 400m dash, Chante Roberts (Lansing, Mich.-Waverly) won by a considerable margin in 56.77 seconds, nearly one second ahead of Western's Alexis Hull, and Iesha Hardiman (Santa Clara, Calif.-Adrian Wilcox) claimed third in 58.17 seconds. Tifani Byrd (Toms River, N.J.-Toms River North) won the 100m hurdles in a tight race by just two hundredths of a second, earning the win in 14.65 seconds. The final victor was Danielle Bentzley (Birmingham, Mich.-Seaholm) in the 3000m, crossing the line in 10:17.07 while Amy Frauhammer (Saline, Mich.-Saline) claimed runner-up in 10:24.83.
In the remaining events on the track, Agata Klimovich (Minsk, Belarus-Minsk School of Olympic Reserve) dropped the victory in the 800m by a slim seven hundredths of a second, clocking a 2:17.36 for the runner-up spot. Taylor Knoll (Warren, Mich.-Mott (Lansing CC)) also claimed a second-place finish with a 4:34.07 in the 1500m run. The final individual event for the Eagles was the 400m hurdles, in which Dayna Hurd (Carson, Calif.-Carson) paced the Green and White for a third-place finish in 1:04.30.
The Eagles also claimed two victories in the relays. The 4x100m relay team had a close win in 46.46 seconds, while the Green and White also saw a win in 3:53.73 in the 4x400m relay.
Eastern will head for warmer climates next weekend, taking on the field at the Tennessee Relays Powered by Sea Ray Friday and Saturday, April 10-11. Action on Friday will start at 12:15 p.m. at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.
EMU Individual Results (* is a personal best; # is an EMU record)
1. McKinney, Aaliyah 11.86
2. Clark, Danielle 12.04
1. McKinney, Aaliyah 24.41
3. Clark, Danielle 24.78
6. Uy, Natalie 26.65*
7. Byrd, Tifani 26.71*
1. Roberts, Chante 56.77*
3. Hardiman, Iesha 58.17
5. Branham, Rebekah 1:00.19*
2. Klimovich, Agata 2:17.36*
4. Cizmas, Natalie 2:20.89*
5. Mesa, Claire 2:21.22*
2. Knoll, Taylor 4:34.07
3. Bentzley, Danielle 4:47.91*
1. Bentzley, Danielle 10:17.07*
2. Frauhammer, Amy 10:24.83*
4. Aldrich, Anna 10:31.80
5. Pottschmidt, Lauren 10:46.46*
6. Hubbard, Megan 11:10.82
1. Byrd, Tifani 14.65*
4. Carter, Maya 14.75*
5. Wolanin, Kate 15.00
3. Hurd, Dayna 1:04.30*
4. Carter, Maya 1:06.75*
6. Quaintance, Rebecca 1:09.73*
1. Wolanin, Kate 1.65m/5-05.00
2. Uy, Natalie 1.55m/5-01.00
1. Uy, Natalie 3.70m/12-01.50
2. Pollatz, Janina 3.70m/12-01.50*
1. Dreimane, Dace 5.70m/18-08.50*
5. Pollatz, Janina 5.43m/17-09.75
6. Chauchard, sarah 5.22m/17-01.50
7. Threatt, Tericka 4.66m/15-03.50*
1. Dreimane, Dace 12.53m/41-01.50*
2. Coyne, Kristina 11.13m/36-06.25
3. Chauchard, Sarah 12.88m/42-03.25*
5. Wolanin, Kate 10.20m/33-05.75*
3. Pendleton, Megan 43.53m/142-09*#
5. Volgyi, Helga 37.34m/122-06*
1. Volgyi, Helga 56.66m/185-10*
4. Pendleton, Megan 47.89m/157-01*
7. Waisner, Adrienne 45.68m/149-10
9. Briggs, Reagan 44.51m/146-00
1. Chauchard, Sarah 36.64m/120-02
3. Coyne, Kristina 31.98m/104-11*
5. Briggs, Reagan 27.45m/90-00*
6. Uy, Natalie 27.35m/89-08*