EMU - Men's Track and Field Sends Three to NCAA Outdoor Championships
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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — Eastern Michigan University's men's track and field team will send three student-athletes to Eugene, Ore. to compete on the national stage at historic Hayward Field during the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 10-13.
Eastern's roster features one veteran who will be making the trip back to Eugene, while two more Eagles will compete against the nation's best athletes for the first time in their EMU career. First on deck for the Green and White is Solomon Ijah, who will compete in the decathlon Thursday and Friday, June 10-11. Ijah comes into the NCAA Championships as the No. 3-ranked decathlete in the nation after winning the Mid-American Conference title with a MAC meet and EMU record of 7,862 points. Ijah has broken the decathlon record twice this season, with 11 out of his 20 events during the two decathlons resulting in a personal record for the redshirt-junior.
Also making his first appearance at Eugene will be Willy Fink, who qualified to the finals in the 5000m run. Fink holds the third-fastest time in EMU history in the event at 13:51.35, and dipped below the 14-minute barrier once more to earn the ninth qualifying time at the NCAA East Regional in 13:59.22. Fink is a talented runner in a myriad of events, as he also holds the sixth-fastest 3000m steeplechase time in program laurels at 8:47.14, just missing out on qualifying for a double slate at the national championships, and was named the MAC MVP at the 2015 MAC Championships. Fink will run on Friday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. PT.
Two-time First Team All-American Donald Scott is also slated to compete on Friday with his sights on a national title in the triple jump. Scott is seeded fourth in the nation at 16.38 meters/53 feet 9-inches, and has placed first in all of his competitions in the triple jump with the exception of the NCAA East Regional, when he took second with a jump of 16.19 meters/53 feet 1.50-inches. Scott placed behind reigning NCAA champion Marquis Dendy of Florida, who also paced the redshirt-junior when he took silver at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 14. Scott also just missed out on taking on two events, as he finished 18th in the long jump, an event in which he holds the sixth-best mark at 7.58 meters/24 feet 10.50-inches. Scott will close out his EMU career against the NCAA's premier athletes at 4:30 p.m. PT.
The 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships will have select segments broadcast live on TV through ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU, while live streams can be found online through ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Live results for the meet will be provided through ncaa.com.