EMU Men - Eagles Conclude Findlay Oiler Opener With Sweep of Shot Put
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FINDLAY, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) — The second day of the Findlay Oiler Opener, Dec. 5, brought more success for the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team, as the Eagle contingent took home top honors in three events. Within those three events, the Green and White flourished in the shot put, where they nabbed the top-three spots.
Senior Matthew Williams (Moreno Valley, Cali. - Vista Del Lago) and redshirt senior Solomon Simmons (Murrieta, Calif. - Murrieta Valley) began the day for the Eagles with the 400m dash. Williams took fourth-place with a time of 49.99, while Simmons was less than a second behind him in fifth with a mark of 50.61. Simmons then proceeded to the 60-meter hurdles, where he took home the gold in 8.25 seconds, besting the second-place finisher by nearly half a second.
On the pole vault, sophomore Brett Lara (Chesterton, Ind. - Chesterton) notched a mark of 4.25 meters/ 13 feet 11.25-inches to finish fourth. Freshman Ted Lang (Canton, Mich. - Canton) made his Eagle debut on the event as well, coming in sixth with a vault of 4.10 meters/ 13 feet 5.25 inches.
The highlight of the day for the Eagles came in the shot put, where the Green and White swept the podium, taking the top three spots by a wide margin. Leading EMU was junior Quinn Levering (Caledonia, Ohio - River Valley) with a throw of 16.07 meters/ 52 feet 8.75 inches. Nabbing second was sophomore Mike Hierholzer (Medina, Ohio - Medina), who set a new personal record by notching a mark of 15.70 meters/ 51 feet 6.25 inches. Redshirt senior Keith Williams (Sherman, Ill. - Williamsville) rounded out the top-three, as the bronze recipient threw 15.67 meters/ 51 feet 5 inches, nearly a foot further than the fourth-place finisher. Redshirt freshman Zach Purcilly (Troy, Mich. - Avondale) and Simmons also had personal best throws with marks of 15.34 meters/ 50 feet 4-inches and 15.12 meters/ 49 feet 7.25-inches, respectively.
Day two also saw the conclusion of the heptathlon, as the final three events were completed. In the 60m hurdles, freshman Alex Jacobs (Delaware, Ohio - Dublin) was the top Eagle finisher, as he took home third-place with a time of 9.39 seconds. The pole vault saw both Jacobs and junior Zach Waldron (Grand Rapids, Mich. - Northview) tie for first with vaults of 4.04 meters/ 13 feet 3 inches. Additionally, with that mark, Waldron set a new personal record in the pole vault. Jacobs closed out the day in the 1000m run, just missing the podium as he took fourth in 3:10.83. As Waldron did not run in the 1000m, Jacobs was the lone Eagle competitor to post a final heptathlon score, taking third-place with 4200 points in his first meet donning the Green and White.
With the conclusion of their lone weekend of competition in December, the Eagles will have over a month to continue training before hosting the EMU Triangular, Jan. 23.
EMU Individual Results (* signifies a personal record)
4. Williams, Matthew 49.99
5. Simmons, Solomon 50.61
1. Simmons, Solomon 8.25
4. Lara, Brett 4.25m/13-11.25
6. Lang, Ted 4.10m/13-05.25*
1. Levering, Quinn 16.07m/52-08.75
2. Hierholzer, Mike 15.70m/51-06.25*
3. Williams, Keith 15.67m/51-05.00
5. Purcilly, Zach 15.34m/50-04.00*
7. Simmons, Solomon 15.12m/49-07.25*
Heptathlon 60m hurdles
3. Jacobs, Alex 9.39* 662
6. Waldron, Zach 11.93 236
Heptathlon Pole Vault
1. Jacobs, Alex 4.04m/13-03.00* 628
1. Waldron, Zach 4.04m/13-03.00* 628
Heptathlon 1000m run
4. Jacobs, Alex 3:10.83* 562
3. Jacobs, Alex 4200*