5000m Sweep Paces EMU Men on Day One of MAC Championships

5000m Sweep Paces EMU Men on Day One of MAC Championships

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team wrapped up day one of the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships today, Feb. 24, at Bowen Field House. As a team, EMU currently leads the field with 38 points, with Buffalo sitting in second at 36 points, while Akron is in third with 24.

Junior Leighton Antonio (Hudson, Ohio – Hudson) earned a spot in the finals of the 60m dash, as his prelims time of 6.92 was good enough to finish sixth. Freshman Sean Beckom (Saginaw, Mich. – Heritage) also took part in the race, finishing 10th. Sophomore Tyler Underwood (Clinton, Mich. – Clinton) paced Eastern in the 200m dash, qualifying into tomorrow's finals with a time of 22.12 seconds.

Eastern had one sprinter sneak into the 400m dash finals, as Underwood finished eighth after clocking in at 49.41 seconds. Also running in the race was freshman Trevor Marcus (Dublin, Ohio – Dublin Jerome), who took home 10th-place with a time of 51.12.

The 800m run saw junior Tom Jozwiak (Southgate, Mich. – Thomas J. Anderson) finish fifth, clocking in at 1:55.42 to earn a spot in tomorrow's finals. Redshirt sophomore Nick McFarland (Hillsborough, N.J. – Hillsborough) and freshman Roderic Wilson (Atlanta, Ga. – Blanche Ely) also ran, taking ninth and 10th, respectively.

Eastern dominated in the 5000m, as redshirt senior Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio – Maumee) defended his 5000m title with a time of 14:28.38 to secure the gold. Redshirt junior Lahsene Bouchikhi (Antwerp, Belgium / Stedelijk Lyceum Paardenmarkt Luchthaven) finished in the top-three for the second straight year as well, taking home the silver with a time of 14:28.58. Finally, fellow redshirt junior Nick Raymond (Erie, Mich. – Mason) claimed third-place after clocking in at 14:28.74. Eastern was also able to secure a silver in the distance medley relay, clocking in at 9:56.65, which was less than a second behind the first-place finishers.

Three Eagles finished in the top-five of the 60m hurdles prelims, with sophomore Frank Douglas (Mansfield, Ohio – Madison Comprehensive) leading the way. Douglas snagged a second-place finish with a time of 8.13 seconds, tying his career-best, while freshman Devonte Findlay (Lauderhill, Fla. – Blanche Ely) took third in a personal-best 8.15. Finally, fellow freshman Ivan Suazo (Brooklyn, N.Y. – Westland) took home fifth after clocking in at 8.16 seconds, which was also a career-best.

Sophomore Cameron Hart (Columbus, Ohio – Bishop Hartley) captured a bronze for the Eagles in the long jump, finishing with a strong jump of 7.37 meters/ 24 feet 2.25-inches. His mark was a personal-best, and also fell just short of ranking in the top-10 of the EMU record books. Fellow sophomore Nick Herbert

(Portage, Mich. – Portage Northern) also competed in the event, turning in a 10th-place finish.

Two EMU throwers competed in the shot put, as redshirt sophomore Zach Purcilly (Troy, Mich. – Avondale) and freshman Jannik Schmitt (Plymouth, Mich. – Salem) posted marks of 15.64 meters/ 51 feet 3.75-inches and 14.80 meters/ 48 feet 6.75-inches, respectively, to finish 10th and 11th.

Both freshman Drew Lament (Lakeview, Ohio – Waynesfield-Goshen) and sophomore Alex Jacobs (Dublin, Ohio – Dublin Jerome) snagged career-best times in the 60m dash to begin the heptathlon. Lament turned in a ninth-place finish, clocking in at 7.43 seconds, while Jacobs finished 10th with a time of 7.50 seconds. In the long jump, Jacobs finished with a career-best mark of 6.64 meters/ 21 feet 9.25-inches, which was good for fifth.

From there, Lament had a fantastic throw in the shot put, taking second with a mark of 13.09 meters/ 42 feet 11.50-inches, which was a personal-best. In the high jump, Lament finished fourth with a jump of 1.84 meters/ 6 feet 0.5-inches, while Jacobs nabbed a personal-best mark of 1.81 meters/ 5 feet 11.25-inches to take sixth. With day one complete, Lament sat in eighth with 2631 points, while Jacobs was just behind him in ninth with 2601 points.

The Eagles wrap up the conference championships tomorrow, Feb. 25, beginning at 10 a.m. with the heptathlon 60m hurdles. Field events resume at 10:15 a.m. with the men's weight throw, while running events will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the women's mile.

Team Standings

1. Eastern Michigan 38

2. Buffalo 36

3. Akron 24

4. Central Michigan 15

5. Kent State 10

EMU Individual Results (* denotes a personal-best, Q denotes a finals qualifying mark)

60m Dash Prelims

6. Leighton Antonio 6.92Q

10. Sean Beckom 7.01

200m Dash Prelims

6. Tyler Underwood 22.12Q

9. Leighton Antonio 22.24

10. Brandon Bolden 22.51

400m Dash Prelims

8. Tyler Underwood 49.41Q

10. Trevor Marcus 51.12

800m Run Prelims

5. Tom Jozwiak 1:55.42Q

9. Nick McFarland 1:57.26

10. Roderic Wilson 1:59.30

5000m Run

1. Willy Fink 14:28.38

2. Lahsene Bouchikhi 14:28.58

3. Nick Raymond 14:28.74

Distance Medley Relay

2. Lenneman, Barber, Kuhn, Andresson 9:56.65

60m Hurdles Prelims

2. Frank Douglas 8.13*Q

3. Devonte Findlay 8.15*Q

5. Ivan Suazo 8.16*Q

Long Jump

3. Cameron Hart 7.37m/ 24-02.25*

10. Nick Herbert 6.58m/ 21-07.25

Shot Put

10. Zach Purcilly 15.64m/ 51-03.75

11. Jannik Schmitt 14.80m/ 48-06.75

Heptathlon 60m Dash

9. Drew Lament 7.43* (736 pts)

10. Alex Jacobs 7.50* (713 pts)

Heptathlon Long Jump

5. Alex Jacobs 6.64m/ 21-09.25* (729 pts)

11. Drew Lament 5.88m/ 19-03.25 (561 pts)

Heptathlon Shot Put

2. Drew Lament 13.09m/ 42-11.50* (673 pts)

8. Alex Jacobs 10.62m/ 34-10.25* (523 pts)

Heptathlon High Jump

4. Drew Lament 1.84m/ 6-00.50

6. Alex Jacobs 1.81m/ 5-11.25*

Heptathlon Day One

8. Drew Lament 2631 pts

9. Alex Jacobs 2601 pts