EMU Women - Eagles Claim Two Event Victories on Day One of MAC Championships

EMU Women - Eagles Claim Two Event Victories on Day One of MAC Championships

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team wrapped up an action packed day at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, Friday, Feb. 24, in Bowen Field House. After day one, the Eagles sat in second with 43 points, as Akron currently leads with 62 points, while Kent State holds third with 33 points.

"We had a solid first day and I feel that we are in a good position," said Head Coach Sue Parks. "We qualified well and did what we needed to do in the event finals. It's going to be a great team competition and we're ready to put it all out there and see what we can do on the final day."

A pair of Eagle sprinters had solid days in the 60m dash prelims, as sophomore Jessica Harris (Slidell, La. – Slidell) finished third with a time of 7.59 seconds to earn a finals spot. Additionally, freshman Brittni Mason (Richmond Heights, Ohio – West Geauga) turned in a personal-best time of 7.53 seconds to place fourth in the prelims, also earning a finals berth. Junior Jasmine Jones (Greensburg, Pa. – Hempfield Area) finished atop the podium in the 200m dash prelims, winning the race with a time of 24.42 seconds to earn a finals spot.

In the 400m dash, freshman Micah Johnston turned in the best race of her career, crossing the finish line in a personal-best 56.01 seconds to finish second in the prelims and earn a spot in tomorrow's finals. Jones also took part in the race, earning a spot in the finals due to being impeded by another runner. The junior finished ninth in the race, clocking in at 56.48 seconds.

Both Eagles in the 800m run prelims earned spots in the finals. Junior Natalie Cizmas (Clinton Twp., Mich. – Chippewa Valley) led the way with a second-place finish in 2:10.60, while junior Rebekah Branham (Circleville, Ohio – Circleville) took third after clocking in at 2:11.86. Branham's time was both a career-best, as well as the 10th-best in the EMU record books.

The Green and White claimed gold in the 5000m, as senior Alsu Bogdanova (Kazan, Russia – Lyceum #83) defended her crown from last year, finishing atop the podium with a time of 16:49.39 in a hard-fought race. Junior Jordann McDermitt (Davison, Mich. – Davison) finished third, clocking in at 17:01.20 to secure the bronze. Finally, redshirt sophomore Allie Knoll (Warren, Mich. – Warren Mott) rounded out EMU's three runners, taking seventh with a time of 17:22.72.

The Eagles were also able to reign supreme in the distance medley relay, as Eastern clocked in at 11:39.65 to take the title by nearly three seconds over second-place Akron. The time also tied the 10th-best in program history. Junior Tifani Byrd (Toms River, N.J. – Toms River North) represented the Green and White in the 60m hurdles prelims, crossing the finish line in 8.70 seconds to finish 11th, narrowly missing out on a finals spot by .06 seconds.

Senior Janina Pollatz (Grandville, Mich. – Grand Rapids Christian) snagged a bronze for the Green and White in the pole vault, as she took third with a mark of 3.97m/ 13 feet 0.25-inches. Fellow senior Natalie Uy (Kettering, Ohio – Fairmont) matched that vault as well, claiming sixth-place. In the long jump, EMU claimed another bronze, as junior Dace Dreimane (Ventspils, Latvia – Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1) took third with a jump of 5.91 meters/ 19 feet 4.5-inches.

The pentathlon kicked off with senior Dayna Hurd (Carson, Calif. – Carson) and freshman Gianna Salzbrunn (North Aurora, Ill. – Montini Catholic) competing in the 60m hurdles. Hurd turned in a fourth-place finish, clocking in at 8.86 seconds to snag 939 points, while Salzbrunn took 17th in 9.92 seconds to earn 727 points. Both Eagles tied for 15th in the high jump, each notching a mark of 1.46 meters/ 4 feet 9.5-inches.

Salzbrunn then turned in a throw of 8.16 meters/ 26 feet 9.25-inches in the shot put, with Hurd finishing just behind her at 6.38 meters/ 20 feet 11.25-inches. Hurd finished 12th in the long jump, posting a mark of 5.11 meters/ 16 feet 9.25-inches.The pentathlon wrapped up with Hurd taking fourth in the 800m run, clocking in at 2:26.61, which was a personal-best. With all five events tallied, Hurd finished 13th with 3136 points, while Salzbrunn took 16th with 2964 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. Akron 62

2. Eastern Michigan 43

3. Kent State 33

4. Buffalo 21

5. Miami 17

5. Bowling Green 17

7. Toledo 15

8. Central Michigan 10

9. Northern Illinois 6

10. Ball State 5

11. Ohio 3

12. Western Michigan 2

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

60m Dash Prelims

3. Jessica Harris 7.59Q

4. Brittni Mason 7.53*Q

200m Dash Prelims

1. Jasmine Jones 24.42Q

18. Jessica Harris 25.35

19. Brittni Mason 25.43

400m Dash Prelims

2. Micah Johnston 56.01*Q

9. Jasmine Jones 56.48Q

13. Khadesha James 57.13

800m Run Prelims

2. Natalie Cizmas 2:10.60

3. Rebekah Branham 2:11.86*

5000m Run

1. Alsu Bogdanova 16:49.39

3. Jordann McDermitt 17:01.20

7. Allie Knoll 17:22.72

Distance Medley Relay

1. Meyers, James, Mesa, Cizmas 11:39.65

60m Hurdles Prelims

11. Tifani Byrd 8.70

Pole Vault

3. Janina Pollatz 3.97m/ 13-00.25

6. Natalie Uy 3.97m/ 13-00.25

Rebekah Carr NH

Long Jump

3. Dace Dreimane 5.91m/ 19-04.50

Pentathlon 60m Hurdles

4. Dayna Hurd 8.86 (939 pts)

17. Gianna Salzbrunn 9.92 (727 pts)

Pentathlon High Jump

15. Gianna Salzbrunn 1.46m/ 4-09.25* (577 pts)

15. Dayna Hurd 1.46m/ 4-09.25 (577 pts)

Pentathlon Shot Put

18. Gianna Salzbrunn 8.16m/ 26-09.25 (410 pts)

20. Dayna Hurd 6.38m/ 20-11.25 (295 pts)

Pentathlon Long Jump

12. Dayna Hurd 5.11m/ 16-09.25

16. Gianna Salzbrunn 5.00m/ 16-05.00

Pentathlon 800m Run

4. Dayna Hurd 2:26.61* (736 pts)

8. Gianna Salzbrunn 2:30.13* (691 pts)

Pentathlon Final

13. Dayna Hurd 3136 pts

16. Gianna Salzbrunn 2964 pts