EMU - Chauchard Takes 11th in the Heptathlon, Voronko Qualifies to 3000m Steeplechase Finals

EMU - Chauchard Takes 11th in the Heptathlon, Voronko Qualifies to 3000m Steeplechase Finals

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EUGENE, Ore. (EMUEagles.com)—Eastern Michigan University's women's track and field team continued its success on the national stage with the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 11. The Green and White saw one Eagle named to the All-America Second Team, while another qualified to the championship heat in the 3000m steeplechase.

On the second day of the heptathlon, Sarah Chauchard (Montpellier, France-University of Montpellier) was able to finish 11th in the nation with a career record of 5,782 points, tacking on more than 100 points to her performance at the Mid-American Conference Championships. Chauchard retains her spot as the second-highest scoring heptathlete in program history, less than 100 points behind Lela V. Nelson's varsity standard. The French product closed out her final day as an Eagle with two personal bests to move up the ranks of a fiercely competitive field. In the long jump, she finished 18th overall with a personal record of 5.82 meters/19 feet 1.25-inches, and took 16th in the javelin throw with a toss of 38.04 meters/124 feet 10-inches. Chauchard sat just outside Second Team All-America range in 17th going into the final event, and jumped into 11th after finishing second in the 800m in a career time of 2:12.88. With the seven events completed, Chauchard closes out her career as an Eagle as a Second Team All-American this season as one of the highest-scoring multi-event athletes in EMU and MAC history.

In the semifinals of the 3000m steeplechase, Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia-School #42) made it to the finals for the first time in her career with the second-fastest run she has ever posted, finishing fifth in the first heat and 10th overall in 9:59.09. Just missing out on the championship heat was Sofie Gallein (Gits, Belgium-University of Leuven), who clocked in at 10:27.05.

Voronko will take Friday off in preparation for the championship final Saturday, June 13. The 3000m steeplechase is slated for a 2:27 p.m. PT start time. Also competing on the final day of the NCAA Championships will be Dace Dreimane (Ventspils, Latvia-Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1), who will take on the field in the triple jump at 2 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.

EMU Individual Results (* signifies a personal record; Q is a championship final qualifying mark)

Mark Points

Heptathlon Long Jump

18. Chauchard, Sarah 5.82m/19-01.25* 795

Heptathlon Javelin Throw

16. Chauchard, Sarah 38.04m/124-10 630

Heptathlon 800m

2. Chauchard, Sarah 2:12.88* 923

Heptathlon Final

11. Chauchard, Sarah 5,782*

3000m Steeplechase Semifinals

10. Voronko, Victoria 9:59.09Q

18. Gallein, Sofie 10:27.05