EMU Men - Eagles Round Out Weekend with Trio of Event Titles

EMU Men - Eagles Round Out Weekend with Trio of Event Titles

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EAST LANSING, Mich. & HILLSDALE, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team finished out its weekend Saturday, April 7, with nine top-three finishes and two event titles in the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich., while also bringing home the pole vault title in the Hillsdale Invitational in Hillsdale, Mich.

EMU had a representative finish in the top-three in all-but-one event in the Spartan Invite, with junior Elijah Barber (Columbus, Ohio-Eastmoor Academy) and sophomore Sean Beckom (Saginaw, Mich.-Heritage) taking home Eastern's two gold medals. Barber raced to a time of 56.24 in the 400H to place first, while Beckom followed with an impressive 100m dash time of 10.97 to also stand atop the podium.

The meet in East Lansing also saw two student-athletes earn personal-records. Freshman Charles Hilsenbeck (Temperance, Mich.-Temperance Bedford) had a solid performance in the 400m dash, leading the Eagles with a personal-best time of 50.05 and taking second in the event. Junior Frank Douglas (Mansfield, Ohio-Madison Comprehensive) was the other Eagle to post a career-best, surpassing his old PR of 58.79 with a time of 57.04 in the 400m hurdles, placing third.

In the field events, junior Cameron Hart (Columbus, Ohio-Bishop Hartley), redshirt junior Zach Purcilly (Troy, Mich.-Avondale), and redshirt sophomore Taige Bryant (Edmond, Okla.-Edmond Memorial) each notched second place in their respective events, with Hart clearing 1.99m in the high jump, Purcilly throwing to a distance of 16.32m in the shot put, and Bryant marking 49.00m in the discus.

The Hillsdale Invitational saw the Eagles capture two of the three top places in pole vault, with sophomore Colin Etchen (Edgerton, Ohio-Edgerton) and junior Alex Jacobs (Dublin, Ohio-Dublin Jerome) placing first and third, respectively. Additionally, freshman Gregory Potter (York, Pa.-Red Lion) marked a new PR with a vault of 4.05m.

The Eagles have a short break before competing in the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., which will span from Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14.

EMU Individual Results (* Denotes personal-record)

Spartan Invitational

100m Dash

1. Sean Beckom 10.97

Kevin Smith DNS

400m Dash

2. Charles Hilsenbeck 50.05*

8. Tom Jozwiak 51.95

9. Hayelom Fitsum 52.02

12. Roderic Wilson 52.95

17. Dakota Medley 54.45

Dan Kuhn DQ

110m Hurdles

3. Ivan Suazo 14.88

5. Frank Douglas 14.98

6. Skyler Lester 15.82

9. Corey Hamilton 16.40

Ryan Long DNS

400m Hurdles

1. Elijah Barber 56.24

3. Frank Douglas 57.04*

4. Charles Calhoun 58.02

7. Trevor Marcus 1:03.27

High Jump

2. Cameron Hart 1.99

4. Skyler Lester 1.94

6. Travis McCuaig 1.94

Ryan Long DNS

Discus Throw

2. Taige Bryant 49.00

5. Jannik Schmitt 45.58

6. Mike Hierholzer 44.35

7. Zach Harkey 44.21

15. Drew Lament 32.02

Javelin Throw

9. Drew Lament 39.15

Taige Bryant DNS

Derek Ziegenfuss DNS

Shot Put

2. Zach Purcilly 16.32

3. Jannik Schmitt 16.31

6. Mike Hierholzer 14.87

12. Drew Lament 10.69

Skyler Lester DNS

Hillsdale Invitational

Pole Vault

1. Colin Etchen 4.80

3. Alex Jacobs 4.35

6. Gregory Potter 4.05*

Alex Babits NH

Zach Kubicki NH