EMU Men - Trio of Event Wins Paces the Eagles on Day Two at MAC Championships
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TOLEDO, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – A trio of event victories paced the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team on day two of the Mid-American Conference Championships today, May 13. The Eagles, who won the 10000m, the 3000m steeplechase, and the decathlon currently lead the field with a total of 80 points.
The day began bright and early with the 10000m run, which was originally scheduled for last night, but was canceled due to inclement weather. Despite the circumstances, redshirt sophomore Nick Raymond (Erie, Mich. – Mason) made the most of it, winning the event after clocking in at 29:41.07 to edge out the second-place finisher by five seconds. Also securing a top-three spot was redshirt sophomore Hlynur Andresson (Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland - Mountain Ridge), who placed third with a time of 30:57.07. Finally, redshirt sophomore John Knox (Gloversville, N.Y. – Gloversville) rounded out the top-five, nabbing fifth-place after crossing the finish line in 31:25.23.
In the 100m dash, both Eagles narrowly missed out on qualifying into the finals. Sophomore Brandon Bolden (Solon, Ohio – Solon) finished in 10th with a time of 10.89, while freshman Aitor Ekobo (Madrid, Spain - Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren Secondary School) was one spot behind him in 11th after clocking in at 10.90.
A pair of sprinters ran in the 200m dash, with junior Tyler Brown (Findlay, Ohio – Findlay) qualifying into the finals after placing fifth with a time of 21.41. Additionally, Bolden clocked in at 22.17 to take 11th. Brown was also the lone EMU sprinter in the 400m dash, where he crossed the finish line with a time of 47.35, which was good for second-place and a berth to the finals.
Two Green and White runners qualified into the finals of the 800m run. Finishing second in the prelims was senior Mason Waynes (Kenosha, Wis. – Bradford), who clocked in at 1:51.14 to secure a new personal-best mark. Additionally, senior Scott Bradley (Battle Creek, Mich. – Lakeview) also snuck into the finals after finishing sixth and crossing the finish line in 1:51.95.
Eastern narrowly missed out on qualifying both hurdlers into the 400m hurdles finals. Freshman Elijah Barber (Columbus, Ohio – Eastmoor Academy) was the top Green and White finisher, crossing the finish line in 55.06 to take seventh, earning a finals berth. Additionally, sophomore Mark Cooke (Edison, N.J. – John P. Stevens) also took part in the race, coming in ninth with a time of 55.90.
The 3000m steeplechase saw the Eagles pick up a whopping total of 18 points, as the team claimed first, third, and fifth. Leading the way was redshirt junior Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio – Maumee), who brought home the gold with a time of 8:48.80, which was nearly eight seconds ahead of second-place. The bronze belonged to sophomore Csaba Matko (Racalmas, Hungary - Szechenyi Istvan Gimnazium) crossing the finish line with a personal-best time of 8:57.01. Finally, Andresson rounded out the top-five by taking fifth and clocking in at 9:11.10, which was also a career-best.
In the long jump, Brown was the top EMU finisher, coming in fourth with a jump of 7.50 meters/ 24 feet 7.25-inches. His mark was both a personal-best, as well as the 10th furthest jump in program history. Also taking part in the long jump was freshmen Nicholas Herbert (Portage, Mich. – Portage Northern) and Cameron Hart (Columbus, Ohio – Bishop Hartley), who notched ninth and tenth, respectively.
The Green and White came away with a podium spot in the shot put, as redshirt senior Keith Williams (Sherman, Ill. – Williamsville) finished third after notching a throw of 17.12 meters/ 56 feet 2.25-inches. Also finishing within the top-five was junior Quinn Levering (Caledonia, Ohio – River Valley), who nabbed fifth with a personal-best throw of 16.96 meters/ 55 feet 8-inches. Finally, redshirt freshman Zach Purcilly (Troy, Mich. – Avondale) walked away with another personal-best after launching a throw of 16.06 meters/ 52 feet 8.5-inches.
The Eagles walked away with a victory in the decathlon, as redshirt senior Solomon Simmons (Murrieta, Calif. – Murrieta Valley) defended his title from last season. Simmons totaled 7604 points throughout the two days, besting the second-place finisher by 84 points. In addition to Simmons, freshman Alex Jacobs (Dublin, Ohio – Dublin Jerome) finished his first career decathlon in eighth with 5626 points. Leading off day two in the 110m hurdles, Simmons won the event in 14.38 seconds, which tied his career-best time. The discus saw Simmons secure another event win, as he notched a mark of 45.20 meters/ 148 feet 3.75-inches. Jacobs was the team's top finisher in the pole vault after securing a vault of 4.30 meters/ 14 feet 1.25-inches to place fourth. Simmons then went on to take third in the javelin with a throw of 55.81 meters/ 183 feet 1.5-inches, and then third in the 1500m run with a time of 4:56.59 to secure the victory.
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.
1. Eastern Michigan 80
2. Akron 57
3. Central Michigan 22
4. Kent State 20
5. Buffalo 19
5. Miami 19
EMU Individual Results (* denotes a personal best, Q denotes a finals qualifying mark)
Event Mark Points
100m Dash Prelims
10. Brandon Bolden 10.89
11. Aitor Ekobo 10.90
200m Dash Prelims
5. Tyler Brown 21.41Q
11. Brandon Bolden 22.17
400m Dash Prelims
2. Tyler Brown 47.35Q
800m Run Prelims
2. Mason Waynes 1:51.14*Q
6. Scott Bradley 1:51.95Q
1. Nick Raymond 29:41.07
3. Hlynur Andresson 30:57.07
5. John Knox 31:25.23
400m Hurdles Prelims
7. Elijah Barber 55.06Q
9. Mark Cooke 55.90
Jeff Elam DNF
1. Willy Fink 8:48.80
3. Csaba Matko 8:57.01*
5. Hlynur Andresson 9:11.10*
4. Tyler Brown 7.50m/ 24-07.25*
9. Nicholas Herbert 6.95m/ 22-09.75
10. Cameron Hart 6.94m/ 22-09.25
3. Keith Williams 17.12m/ 56-02.25
5. Quinn Levering 16.96m/ 55-08.00*
11. Zach Purcilly 16.06m/ 52-08.50*
Decathlon 110m Hurdles
1. Solomon Simmons 14.38* 926
7. Alex Jacobs 16.36* 693
Decathlon Discus Throw
1. Solomon Simmons 45.20m/ 148-03.75* 771
8. Alex Jacobs 27.51m/ 90-03.25 416
Decathlon Pole Vault
4. Alex Jacobs 4.30m/ 14-01.25 702
6. Solomon Simmons 4.30m/ 14-01.25 702
Decathlon Javelin Throw
3. Solomon Simmons 55.81m/ 183-01.50 675
8. Alex Jacobs 41.37m/ 135-09.00* 462
Decathlon 1500m Run
3. Solomon Simmons 4:56.59 580
9. Alex Jacobs 5:27.53* 412
1. Solomon Simmons 7604
8. Alex Jacobs 5626*