EMU - Voronko and Chauchard Crowned on Day Two of MAC Championships
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MUNCIE, Ind. (EMUEagles.com)—At the end of the second day of the 2015 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships, Eastern Michigan University's women's track and field team was able to come within six points of Akron, owning 59.5 points to its name while Akron leads all teams with 65 points.
The Eagles claimed their first MAC champion of the outdoor campaign with the completion of the heptathlon. Defending her title and setting a personal record to break the MAC meet record with 5,667 points was Sarah Chauchard (Montpellier, France-University of Montpellier), while Kate Wolanin (Oxford, Mich.-Oxford) was just 50 points off her career best with 4,931 points for sixth. Chauchard won both the long jump and 800m sections in personal records, leaping 5.81 meters/19 feet 0.75-inches and clocking a 2:14.21 to close out her day. In the long jump, Wolanin finished seventh with a mark of 5.33 meters/17 feet 5-inches and clinched third in the 800m in 2:20.94. The javelin throw was the final event on the field for the pair, in which Chauchard finished second with a toss of 36.30 meters/119 feet 1-inch, and Wolanin took 14th at 24.16 meters/79 feet 3-inches.
In six of the seven preliminary heats on the track, the Green and White was able to qualify at least one Eagle to tomorrow's championship finals. The pair of Aaliyah McKinney (South Bend, Ind.-John Adams) and Danielle Clark (Paramaribo, Suriname-Ewald P. Meyer Lyceum) both have the chance to reprise their success last year, in which McKinney won both the 100m and 200m and Clark finished fifth in both races. McKinney claimed the fifth seed in the 100m dash, besting her career mark by one hundredth of a second in 11.78 seconds, and also took the sixth seed in the 200m in 24.31 seconds. Clark had a career day, dipping below the 12-second mark in the 100m for the first time in her career to earn the sixth seed in 11.85 seconds, and also took the seventh seed in the 200m in 24.20 seconds. Freshman Jasmine Jones (Greensburg, Pa.-Hempfield Area) also competed in both events, finishing 17th in the 100m in 12.17 seconds and 16th in the 200m in 24.73 seconds.
The 400m dash saw Chante Roberts (Lansing, Mich.-Waverly) advance to the finals in 55.79 seconds for the eighth seed. Just missing out on a personal record was Morgan Yeadon (Indianapolis, Ind.-Pike) in 56.32 seconds, while Iesha Hardiman (Santa Clara, Calif.-Adrian Wilcox) finished in 58.04 seconds.
Eastern had one qualifier apiece in the 400m hurdles and the 800m run. In the 400m hurdles, Dayna Hurd (Carson, Calif.-Carson) finished in a career-best 1:01.43 for the ninth seed, and Maya Carter (Racine, Wis.-Case) just missed out on the finas after finishing 11th in 1:01.51. Carter also competed in the 100m hurdles prelims alongside Tifani Byrd (Toms River, N.J.-Toms River North), as the pair took 16th and 17th in 14.57 and 14.66 seconds, respectively.
In the 800m, Taylor Knoll (Warren, Mich.-Mott (Lansing CC)) claimed the fifth seed in 2:11.70 amidst a flurry of MAC harriers vying for a spot in the championship final. Another Eagle just missed out, as Agata Klimovich (Minsk, Belarus-Minsk School of Olympic Reserve) finished 11th in 2:13.52. Knoll also qualified in the 1500m prelims, which will see three athletes donning the Green and White among the field tomorrow. Leading the way with the top seed is Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia-School #42) after crossing the line in 4:31.73, with Sofie Gallein (Gits, Belgium-University of Leuven) in the third seed in 4:32.97 and Knoll claiming seventh in 4:36.36.
Eastern had one individual event on the field, and was able to yield a medal finish thanks to freshman Dace Dreimane (Ventspils, Latvia-Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1). Dreimane finished runner-up, matching the mark of MAC champion Dior Delophont of Kent State in a personal-best 6.01 meters/19 feet 8.75-inches and earning second on jump attempts. Also competing was Janina Pollatz (Grandville, Mich.-Grand Rapids Christian), who finished fifth with a leap of 5.64 meters/18 feet 6-inches.
Ending the day and putting the Eagles in more favorable scoring position was the 3000m steeplechase. Voronko was able to defend her title and become the three-time MAC champion in the event, breaking a track record en route to a clear victory in 10:05.42. Gallein held off Toledo's Mackenzie Chojnacky for the entirety of the race, earning the runner-up finish in 10:18.52 to best the Rocket by less than two seconds.
The Eagles will conclude the MAC Championships tomorrow, May 16, beginning with the triple jump at 10:30 a.m.. At 1:10 p.m., the 4x400m relay will start off action on the track, which will continue until the 4x400m relay at 4:50 p.m. Live results are provided through finishtiming.com.
EMU Individual Results (* signifies a personal best, M is a MAC record)
Heptathlon Long Jump
1. Chauchard, Sarah 5.81m/19-00.75* 792
7. Wolanin, Kate 5.33m/17-05.00 651
2. Chauchard, Sarah 36.30m/119-01 596
14. Wolanin, Kate 24.16m/79-03 367
1. Chauchard, Sarah 2:14.21* 904
3. Wolanin, Kate 2:20.94
1. Chauchard, Sarah 5667*M
6. Wolanin, Kate 4931
100m Dash Prelims
5. McKinney, Aaliyah 11.78*q
6. Clark, Danielle 11.85*q
17. Jones, Jasmine 12.17
100m Hurdles Prelims
16. Carter, Maya 14.57*
17. Byrd, Tifani 14.66
200m Dash Prelims
6. McKinney, Aaliyah 24.31q
7. Clark, Danielle 24.20*q
16. Jones, Jasmine 24.73
400m Dash Prelims
8. Roberts, Chante 55.79q
12. Yeadon, Morgan 56.32
17. Hardiman, Iesha 58.04
400m Hurdles Prelims
9. Hurd, Dayna 1:01.43*q
11. Carter, Maya 1:01.51
800m Run Prelims
5. Knoll, Taylor 2:11.70q
11. Klimovich, Agata 2:13.52
1500m Run Prelims
1. Voronko, Victoria 4:31.73q
3. Gallein, Sofie 4:32.97q
7. Knoll, Taylor 4:36.36q
1. Voronko, Victoria 10:05.42
2. Gallein, Sofie 10:18.52
2. Dreimane, Dace J6.01m/19-08.75
10. Pollatz, Janina 5.64m/18-06.00