EMU - Women's Track and Field Will Send Seven to NCAA East Regional

EMU - Women's Track and Field Will Send Seven to NCAA East Regional

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INDIANAPOLIS (EMUEagles.com) – After taking home its 12th Mid-American Conference outdoor title and securing the Triple Crown, the Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team will send seven student-athletes to the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla., May 26-28, announced today, May 19, by the NCAA.

Sophomore Natalie Cizmas (Clinton Twp., Mich. – Chippewa Valley), who continually improved throughout the season, will make her regional-debut as a qualifier in the 1500m. Cizmas comes into the event as the No. 26 seed after posting a season-best time of 4:21.96.

Making her second appearance at the NCAA East Regional is senior Sofie Gallein (Gits, Belgium – University of Leuven), who qualified in the 3000m steeplechase for the second straight season. Gallein, who took fifth at last season's regional, comes into this year's event with the No. 16 seed and a season-best time of 10:10.92.

The Eagles will be sending a pair of distance runners to compete in the 5000m run, as both junior Alsu Bogdanova (Kazan, Russia – Lyceum #83) and sophomore Jordann McDermitt (Davison, Mich. – Davison) earned top-20 seeds. Bogdanova secured an impressive No. 4 seed after notching a season-best time of 15:58.61, which was a program record. The Green and White will have a solid one-two punch, as McDermitt also nabbed a top-20 seed, sitting at No. 18 with a time of 16:14.89. McDermitt will be making her second appearance at the regional, while it will be Bogdanova's first.

Like the 5000m, the Green and White will also have two student-athletes compete in the pole vault. Senior Ellie Braidic (Pandora, Ohio – Pandora-Gilboa) qualified into the meet for the second time in her career, securing the No. 28 seed with a season-best mark of 4.13 meters/ 13 feet 6.5-inches. Just behind her, junior Janina Pollatz (Grandville, Mich. – Grand Rapids Christian) earned the No. 31 seed with a vault of 4.10 meters/ 13 feet 5.25-inches.

Finally, sophomore Dace Dreimane (Ventspils, Latvia - Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1) qualified in two events. Dreimane snuck into the long jump after nabbing the No. 48 seed with a jump of 6.06 meters/ 19 feet 10.75-inches, in addition to securing the No. 36 seed in the triple jump with a mark of 12.71 meters/ 41 feet 8.5-inches. This marks the second-straight year in which Dreimane has qualified to the meet, as she went on to take ninth in the triple jump last year and go on to the NCAA Championships.