EMU - 14 Qualify into Finals on Second Day of MAC Championships

EMU - 14 Qualify into Finals on Second Day of MAC Championships

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TOLEDO, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's track and field turned in a stellar day today, May 13, at the second day of the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships. The Eagles moved into a tie for fourth with 33 points, while also qualifying 14 student-athletes into the finals of their respective events.

The Eagles got off to a quick start on the day with the re-scheduled 10000m run, which was originally slated for last night, but was canceled due to inclement weather. Leading the pack was sophomore Jordann McDermitt (Davison, Mich. – Davison), who was the first runner to cross the finish line, securing the gold with a time of 34:39.35. Her time was quick enough to also post a new MAC meet record. Also taking part in the race was senior Amy Frauhammer (Saline, Mich. – Saline) and sophomore Danielle Bentzley (Birmingham, Mich. – Seaholm), who notched times of 37:26.40 and 37:39.99, respectively.

Both senior Aaliyah McKinney (South Bend, Ind. – John Adams) and freshman Jessica Harris (Slidell, La. – Slidell) managed to qualify into the finals of the 100m dash after placing in the top two of their respective heats. McKinney clocked in at 11.93 seconds, which was the second fastest time overall, while Harris posted a time of 12.11.

The Eagles had three sprinters qualify into the finals of the 200m dash. Turning in a fourth-place finish with a personal-best time of 23.96, sophomore Jasmine Jones (Hempfield Area – Greensburg, Pa.) posted the top time amonst the Green and White. McKinney finished fifth after posting a time of 24.03, while Harris nabbed seventh in 24.28. Additionally, Harris' time was also a career-best.

The 400m prelims saw Jones qualify to the finals after crossing the finish line in 55.19 to take fifth. Additionally, Jones' mark was also a career-best by nearly two seconds. Junior Khadesha James (Irvington, N.J. – Irvington) narrowly missed out on the finals after clocking in at a career-best 56.66 seconds.

The mid-distance group shined in the 800m, with two runners qualifying into the finals. Sophomore Rebekah Branham (Circleville, Ohio – Circleville) led the way, finishing second in the prelims with a time of 2:10.34, which was both a career-best, along with the ninth quickest time in the EMU record books. In addition to Branham, sophomore Natalie Cizmas (Clinton Twp., Mich. – Chippewa Valley) also qualified into the finals after crossing the finish line in 2:10.84 to place fifth.

The Green and White had a trio of runners qualify to the finals in the 1500m, being the only team to do so. The top EMU finisher was freshman Sydney Meyers (Zionsville, Ind. – Zionsville Community), who posted the second quickest time in the prelims at 4:38.47. Just behind her, junior Alsu Bogdanova (Kazan, Russia – Lyceum #83) finished in third after crossing the finish line in 4:38.69. Finally, Cizmas nabbed 10th with a time of 4:50.82.

Eastern also qualified a pair of hurdlers into the 100m hurdles finals. Freshman Ayanna O'Neal (Cincinnati, Ohio – Withrow) turned in a time of 14.19 to finish fifth, while senior Maya Carter (Racine, Wis. – Case) posted a seventh-place finish in 14.26. The 400m hurdles saw junior Dayna Hurd (Carson, Calif. – Carson) finish in seventh with a time of 1:01.53, which earned her a berth to the finals. Carter ran in the 400m hurdles as well, taking 12th after clocking in at 1:03.60.

The Eagles had one participant in the 3000m Steeplechase, but she certainly made it count. Senior Sofie Gallein (Gits, Belgium – University of Leuven) managed to take home the silver for the Green and White after clocking in at 10:10.92. Gallein was just .02 seconds away from first-place, and nearly ten seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.

In the long jump, the Eagles picked up five points on the heels of a fourth-place finish by sophomore Dace Dreimane (Ventspils, Latvia - Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1). Dreimane finished with a mark of 6.06 meters/ 19 feet 10.75-inches, which was a career-best, and just .03 meters away from second. Dreimane's jump also tied the eighth best in the EMU record books. Also taking part in the event was junior Janina Pollatz (Grandville, Mich. – Grand Rapids Christian), who posted a jump of 5.59 meters to take 13th.

Freshman Rebekah Carr (Celina, Ohio – Celina) completed the final three events of the heptathlon. Ultimately, Carr finished the heptathlon with a total of 3597 points, which was good for 11th-place. Her day began with the long jump, where she notched a mark of 4.84m/ 15 feet 10.5-inches. From there, the freshman moved to the javelin throw, notching a throw of 13.37m/ 43 feet 10.75-inches. Finally, she concluded with the 800m run, crossing the finish line in 2:43.68 to place ninth.

The MAC Championships conclude tomorrow, May 14, beginning at 10 a.m. with the men's pole vault, women's discus, and women's high jump. The final event on the day is slated for 5:15 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 5:35 p.m. To follow along with live results, please click here.

Team Standings

1. Akron 55

2. Central Michigan 44

2. Kent State 44

4. Eastern Michigan 33

4. Northern Illinois 33

6. Bowling Green 30

7. Ohio 26

8. Miami 19

9. Toledo 18

10. Buffalo 8

11. Ball State 1

11. Western Michigan 1

EMU Individual Results (* denotes a personal best, Q denotes a finals qualifying mark, # denotes a MAC Meet Record)

Event Mark Points

100m Dash Prelims

2. Aaliyah McKinney 11.93Q

9. Jessica Harris 12.11Q

200m Dash Prelims

4. Jasmine Jones 23.96*Q

5. Aaliyah McKinney 24.03Q

7. Jessica Harris 24.28*Q

400m Dash Prelims

5. Jasmine Jones 55.19*Q

12. Khadesha James 56.66*

20. Chante Roberts 1:02.49

800m Run Prelims

2. Rebekah Branham 2:10.34*Q

5. Natalie Cizmas 2:10.84Q

9. Jenna Wyns 2:12.76

1500m Run Prelims

2. Sydney Meyers 4:38.47Q

3. Alsu Bogdanova 4:38.69Q

10. Natalie Cizmas 4:50.82Q

10000m Run

1. Jordann McDermitt 34:39.35#

12. Amy Frauhammer 37:26.40

15. Danielle Bentzley 37:39.99*

100m Hurdles Prelims

5. Ayanna O'Neal 14.19Q

7. Maya Carter 14.26Q

400m Hurdles Prelims

7. Dayna Hurd 1:01.53Q

12. Maya Carter 1:03.60

3000m Steeplechase

2. Sofie Gallein 10:10.92

Long Jump

4. Dace Dreimane 6.06m/ 19-10.75*

13. Janina Pollatz 5.59m/ 18-04.25

Heptathlon Long Jump

11. Rebekah Carr 4.84m/ 15-10.50 516

Heptathlon Javelin Throw

11. Rebekah Carr 13.37m/ 43-10.75 167

Heptathlon 800m Run

9. Rebekah Carr 2:43.68 531


11. Rebekah Carr 3597