The Eastern Michigan men’s track and field distance medley relay team took its school record setting team to the NCAA National Championships over the weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., and came away with a fifth-place finish and All-American honors.
“As they now join the elite membership of EMU Track and Field Record Holders and All-Americans,” EMU coach John Goodridge said in a release.
The relay team of David Brent, Ackeem Forde, Blake Figgins and Curtis Vollmar ran a time of 9:38.44.
“This foursome has been on fire the past month, gaining increased confidence weekly and culminating the past three weekends with this realization and accomplishment of winning a combined four MAC Championships in the mile, 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter and DMR,” Goodridge said.
“I’m very proud of these guys for breaking a 15-year-old EMU record, being one of the elite national DMRs in the nation and coming home All-Americans.”
The record in mention was broken by the All-Americans March 5 at the Alex Wilson invitational in South Bend, Ind. The mark of 9:32.72 bested the previous record (9:35.21) posted by the 1995 team, and is the sixth fastest time in the nation this year.