EMU - Wolanin Inches Closer to EMU High Jump Record at Jesse Owens Classic
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (EMUEagles.com)—Eastern Michigan University's women's track and field team completed it final two-day meet before it takes on the Mid-American Conference, finishing up the Jesse Owens Track Classic, May 2.
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the thrilling win in the high jump by Kate Wolanin (Oxford, Mich.-Oxford), who took the title at the Jesse Owens Classic for the second consecutive year. Saturday's matchup pitted Wolanin against reigning MAC champion Dior Delophont of Kent State. Not only did Wolanin get the best of Delophont, but she set a personal record of 1.83 meters/6 feet to become just the second Eagle in program history to clear the six-foot barrier and moved up to ninth in the NCAA East Region in the event. With the victory secured, Wolanin tried her hand at breaking Ellie Hayden's 33-year-old record of 1.85 meters/6 feet 1-inch, but fell just short despite coming close to setting a new varsity standard. Also finishing in the top-10 of the event was Sarah Chauchard (Montpellier, France-University of Montpellier), whose jump of 1.65 meters/5 feet 5-inches was good for eighth. Chauchard also competed in the 100m hurdles, pacing the Green and White in 14.29 seconds to finish 13th while Tifani Byrd (Toms River, N.J.-Toms River North) took 17th in 14.77 seconds.
Another top-three finish came on the field courtesy of Natalie Uy (Kettering, Ohio-Fairmont), who set a personal record of 4.05 meters/13 feet 5.50-inches to claim third while Ellie Braidic (Pandora, Ohio-Pandora-Gilboa) notched a fourth-place finish after vaulting 3.95 meters/12 feet 11.50-inches. With her improvement, Uy's mark ties for the fourth-highest pole vault in EMU laurels.
Also ascending the illustrious rankings of Eastern's premier athletes was Taylor Knoll (Warren, Mich.-Mott (Lansing CC)), who placed fifth in the 800m run in 2:08.71 and bolstered her program standing to sixth all-time. Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia-School #42) just missed out on entering the ranks of the top-10 with Knoll by a slim three hundredths of a second, clocking a 2:10.37 to finish 11th.
Easter also saw success in the sprints, with Aaliyah McKinney (South Bend, Ind.-John Adams), Danielle Clark (Paramaribo, Suriname-Ewald P. Meyer Lyceum), and Jasmine Jones (Greensburg, Pa.-Hempfield Area) doubling up in the 100m and 200m. McKinney had her strongest finish of the day in the 100m dash, taking third in 12.12 seconds while Jones and Clark crossed the line in 12.44 and 12.57 seconds, respectively. Clark went on to lead the trio in the 200m dash, taking fifth in 24.43 seconds while Jones dipped below the 25-second barrier for the first time as an Eagle, claiming eighth in 24.60 seconds.
One final individual top-10 finish was recorded on the track after Maya Carter (Racine, Wis.-Case) continues to edge her way closer to the one-minute mark in the 400m hurdles. Carter set a personal record of 1:01.37 after breaking 1:02.00 last weekend, finishing eighth overall. Running alongside Carter was Dayna Hurd (Carson, Calif.-Carson), who placed 11th in 1:03.88.
The 400m dash was led by Agata Klimovich (Minsk, Belarus-Minsk School of Olympic Reserve) in her first running of the event during the outdoor season. Klimovich had the only top-20 finish for the Eagles, clocking in at 57.34 seconds for a collegiate-best time and pulled the trio of Morgan Yeadon (Indianapolis, Ind.-Pike), Chante Roberts (Lansing, Mich.-Waverly), and Iesha Hardiman (Santa Clara, Calif.-Adrian Wilcox) through to finish under 58 seconds.
The remainder of the field events saw a pair of sixth-place finishes awarded to the Green and White. In the hammer throw championship, Helga Volgyi (Szombathley, Hungary-Savaria Technical College) threw 56.57 meters/185 feet 7-inches to finish sixth. Dace Dreimane (Ventspils, Latvia-Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1) also took sixth with a mark of 5.82 meters/19 feet 1.25-inches in the long jump. Finishing up the individual events, Kristina Coyne (Pittsburgh, Pa.-Chartiers Valley) placed 17th in the triple jump, not far off her outdoor collegiate personal best after bounding 11.11 meters/36 feet 5.50-inches.
Eastern wrapped up the competition with the 4x400m relay as heptathletes Chauchard and Wolanin teamed up with 400m specialists Yeadon and Roberts to close out the day. The quartet finished seventh overall after crossing the line in 3:47.65.
With the 2015 MAC Outdoor Championships less than a fortnight away, the Eagles will have just one more competition before taking on the conference en masse. Eastern will make the short trip to the Glass City Friday, May 8, for the Toledo Invitational in Toledo, Ohio.
EMU Individual Results (* signifies a personal best; ^ is a MAC qualifying standard)
3. McKinney, Aaliyah 12.12
14. Jones, Jasmine 12.44
18. Clark, Danielle 12.57
5. Clark, Danielle 24.43
8. Jones, Jasmine 24.60*
17. McKinney, Aaliyah 25.16
19. Klimovich, Agata 57.34*
21. Yeadon, Morgan 57.45
22. Roberts, Chante 57.74
23. Hardiman, Iesha 57.77
25. Branham, Rebekah 58.21*
5. Knoll, Taylor 2:08.71*^
11. Voronko, Victoria 2:10.37*^
27. Gallein, Sofie 2:14.29
31. Quaintance, Rebecca 2:16.79*
37. Mesa, Claire 2:19.06
13. Chauchard, Sarah 14.29
17. Byrd, Tifani 14.77
21. Uy, Natalie 15.10
8. Carter, Maya 1:01.37*^
11. Hurd, Dayna 1:03.88
7. Chauchard, Yeadon, Wolanin, Roberts 3:47.65
1. Wolanin, Kate 1.83m/6-00.00*^
8. Chauchard, Sarah J1.65m/5-05.00
14. Uy, Natalie J1.60m/5-03.00
15. Coyne, Kristina 1.55m/5-01.00
3. Uy, Natalie J4.05m/13-03.50^
4. Braidic, Ellie 3.95m/12-11.50^
10. Pollatz, Janina 3.85m/12-07.50^
6. Dreimane, Dace 5.82m/19-01.25
18. Pollatz, Janina 5.19m/17-00.50
17. Coyne, Kristina 11.11m/36-05.50
Hammer Throw Championship
6. Volgyi, Helga 56.57m/185-07^