EMU - Fink Qualifies to NCAA Championships in the 3000m Steeplechase

EMU - Fink Qualifies to NCAA Championships in the 3000m Steeplechase

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team wrapped up day two of the NCAA East Regional today, May 27. The Eagles saw their first competitor qualify to the NCAA Championships, as redshirt junior Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio - Maumee) turned in the best 3000m steeplechase race of his career.

"I''m pleased with our competitive efforts today, and am certainly very happy for and proud of Willy Fink and his new personal best and qualification to the NCAA National Championships," remarked Head Coach John Goodridge.

The first event on the day for the Eagles was the javelin throw, which featured freshman Derek Ziegenfuss (Allentown, Pa. – Parkland). Ziegenfuss, the Mid-American Conference champion in the event, turned in a throw of 62.77 meters/ 205 feet 11-inches, putting him in 26th-place against a talented field of competitors.

Following the javelin, junior Tyler Brown (Findlay, Ohio – Findlay) took part in the 400m dash quarterfinals after qualifying yesterday. Brown clocked in at 46.54 to finish 17th overall, and sixth in another tough heat of competitors.

The final event of the day for the Eagles was the 3000m steeplechase, which included two student-athletes donning the Green and White. Once again, Fink had a fantastic race, finishing third in his heat, and eighth overall, to qualify to the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season. Fink clocked in with an incredibly impressive time of 8:40.60, which was a personal-best by nearly seven seconds and bumped him to fifth in the EMU record books. Also taking part in the race was sophomore Csaba Matko (Racalmas, Hungary - Szechenyi Istvan Gimnazium), who placed 28th after crossing the finish line in 8:58.54.

The Eagles will wrap up the NCAA East Regional tomorrow, May 28, with the team's final event. Fink will once again see action, this time taking part in the 5000m run at 8:45 p.m.

EMU Individual Results (* denotes a personal best, Q denotes a NCAA Championships qualifying mark)

Event Mark

400m Dash Quarterfinals

17. Tyler Brown 46.54

3000m Steeplechase

8. Willy Fink 8:40.60*Q

28. Csaba Matko 8:58.54

Javelin Throw

26. Derek Ziegenfuss 62.77m/ 205-11