EMU Men - Eagles Wrap Up MAC Championships with Two More Podium Sweeps

EMU Men - Eagles Wrap Up MAC Championships with Two More Podium Sweeps

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team nabbed two more podium sweeps as the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships wrapped up today, Feb. 25, in Bowen Field House. As a team, the Green and White finished second, totaling 130 points.

Junior Leighton Antonio (Hudson, Ohio – Hudson) turned in a strong performance in the 60m dash finals, finishing sixth with a time of 6.89 seconds. Antonio's time was also .03 seconds quicker than day one, and he was just .01 out of the top-five. Sophomore Tyler Underwood (Clinton, Mich. – Clinton) captured his first career top-three finish, claiming the bronze in the 200m dash finals after crossing the finish line in 21.91 seconds.

Underwood also ran in the 400m dash finals, claiming sixth-place after clocking in at 48.77 seconds. Junior Tom Jozwiak (Southgate, Mich. – Thomas J. Anderson) ran in the 800m, improving upon his prelims time and finishing fifth after clocking in at 1:54.57.

Following a sweep of the 5000m yesterday, Eastern followed up with another sweep, this time in the mile. Redshirt senior Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio – Maumee) claimed another gold, finishing atop the podium with a time of 4:09.24. Just a hair behind him was redshirt junior Hlynur Andresson (Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland – Mountain Ridge), who took the silver in 4:09.43. Rounding out the top-three was junior Csaba Matko (Racalmas, Hungary - Szechenyi Istvan Gimnazium) in third after crossing the finish line in 4:10.17. In fact, the next closest competitor was nearly four seconds behind Matko.

The trend continued in the 3000m, as Fink claimed his third event title of the championships to lead another one-through-three finish for Eastern. The Maumee, Ohio native held the lead throughout the majority of the race, and did not relinquish it, clocking in at 8:12.75 to win the gold. Redshirt junior Lahsene Bouchikhi (Antwerp, Belgium - Stedelijk Lyceum Paardenmarkt Luchthaven) finished second, posting a time of 8:16.92, while fellow redshirt junior Nick Raymond (Erie, Mich. – Mason) took third in 8:22.91.

Eastern captured yet another medal in the 4x400m relay, as the Eagles finished third with a time of 3:22.61, just over two seconds out of second-place. All three Eagles in the finals of the 60m hurdles improved upon their times from the prelims. Freshman Ivan Suazo (Brooklyn, N.Y. – Westland) had an excellent race, nabbing the silver after setting a new-career-best with a time of 8.10 seconds. Sophomore Frank Douglas (Mansfield, Ohio – Madison Comprehensive) and freshman Devonte Findlay (Lauderhill, Fla. – Blanche Ely) also secured personal-best times of 8.12 and 8.14, respectively.

After securing a bronze in the long jump yesterday, sophomore Cameron Hart (Columbus, Ohio – Bishop Hartley) added to his medal count today, finishing atop the podium in the high jump. Hart earned the gold with a huge personal-best mark of 2.18 meters/ 7 feet 1.75-inches, which was also tied for the fourth-best jump in the EMU record books.

Freshman Colin Etchen (Edgerton, Ohio – Edgerton) competed in the pole vault, notching eighth-place with a mark of 4.47 meters/ 14 feet 8-inches. In the triple jump, sophomore Micah Peters (York, Ontario – Vaughn Road Academy) posted the best jump of his career, finishing fourth with a jump of 14.82 meters/ 48 feet 7.5-inches. Peters' jump also was just .02 meters away from third. In the weight throw, sophomore Zach Harkey (Huron, Ohio – Huron) turned in an eighth-place finish for the Eagles, notching a mark of 15.57 meters/ 51 feet 1-inch.

The second day of the heptathlon kicked off with the 60m hurdles. Freshman Drew Lament (Lakeview, Ohio – Waynesfield-Goshen) led the way for EMU in the hurdles, taking eighth with a time of 8.86 seconds. Sophomore Alex Jacobs (Dublin, Ohio – Dublin Jerome) finished one spot behind Lament, snagging ninth with a personal-best time of 8.90 seconds. The pair then competed in the pole vault, with Jacobs turning in his best performance of the day. Jacobs finished atop the podium, notching a career-best vault of 4.75 meters/ 15 feet 7-inches to pick up 834 points, while Lament nabbed eighth with a mark of 4.05 meters/ 13 feet 3.5-inches.

The heptathlon 1000m run closed out the grueling, seven-event stretch, with Lament finishing 10th with a time of 3:12.06, while Jacobs was 11th after clocking in at 3:25.69. With all the events tallied, Jacobs finished 10th, totaling a career-best 4638 points, while Lament was one spot behind him in 11th with a personal-best 4590 points.

At the conclusion of the meet, Fink was named Most Valuable Performer, while Suazo received Freshman Track Performer of the Year honors.

The Eagles will now wait and see if any individuals earned a spot in the upcoming NCAA Championships, which will be held in two weeks, March 10-11, down in College Station, Texas.

Team Results

1. Akron 160.5 pts

2. Eastern Michigan 130 pts

3. Buffalo 115 pts

4. Kent State 66.5 pts

5. Central Michigan 51 pts

Coach of the Year

Dennis Mitchell, Akron

Most Valuable Performer

Willy Fink, Eastern Michigan

Most Outstanding Track Performer

Josh Gali, Buffalo

Most Outstanding Field Performer

Reggie Jagers, Kent State

Freshman Track Performer of the Year

Ivan Suazo, Eastern Michigan

Freshman Field Performer of the Year

TJ Lawson, Kent State

EMU Individual Results (* denotes a personal-best)

60m Dash Finals

6. Leighton Antonio 6.89

200m Dash Finals

3. Tyler Underwood 21.91

400m Dash Finals

6. Tyler Underwood 48.77

800m Run Finals

5. Tom Jozwiak 1:54.57

Mile Run

1. Willy Fink 4:09.24

2. Hlynur Andresson 4:09.43

3. Csaba Matko 4:10.17

3000m Run

1. Willy Fink 8:12.75

2. Lahsene Bouchikhi 8:16.92

3. Nick Raymond 8:22.91

4x400m Relay

3. Barber, Jozwiak, Marcus, Underwood 3:22.61

60m Hurdles Finals

2. Ivan Suazo 8.10*

4. Frank Douglas 8.12*

5. Devonte Findlay 8.14*

High Jump

1. Cameron Hart 2.18m/ 7-01.75*

Pole Vault

8. Colin Etchen 4.47m/ 14-08.00

Triple Jump

4. Micah Peters 14.82m/ 48-07.50*

Weight Throw

8. Zach Harkey 15.57m/ 51-01.00

Austin Hazek FOUL

Heptathlon 60m Hurdles

8. Drew Lament 8.86 (777 pts)

9. Alex Jacobs 8.90* (768 pts)

Heptathlon Pole Vault

1. Alex Jacobs 4.75m/ 15-07.00* (834 pts)

8. Drew Lament 4.05m/ 13-03.50 (631 pts)

Heptathlon 1000m Run

10. Drew Lament 3:12.06 (551 pts)

11. Alex Jacobs 3:25.69 (435 pts)

Heptathlon Final

10. Alex Jacobs 4638 pts*

11. Drew Lament 4590 pts*