Track and field season comes to an end

Eastern Michigan’s track and field teams wrapped up their season Saturday at the 2012 Mid-American Converence Outdoor Championship in Mount Pleasant. The men’s team finished fourth with 128 points overall, while the women’s team finished fifth with 78.33 points overall.

Akron finished first in the 2012 Men’s Outdoor Final Standings with 171 points, while Kent State took home first place in the 2012 Women’s Outdoor Final Standings with 134.33 points.

EMU distance runner Terefe Ejigu, a junior from New Zealand, was named the 2012 MAC Men’s Outdoor Most Valuable Performer at the MAC Outdoor Championships for the second straight year.

Ejigu finished first in the 10,000-meter run (31:13.71), while redshirt freshman Harry Dixon finished second (31:14.24) in the event. The first place finish was the third year in a row Ejigu has taken the top spot on the podium in this event. He is the first athlete in MAC history to have accomplished this feat; he also captured first place in the 5,000-meter run (15:11.38).

Senior Beverly Elcock finished first in the 800-meter run (2:07.25) and was named 2012 Women’s Track and Field All-MAC first team. Elcock also took home a second place finish in the 4×400-meter relay (3:39.38), alongside junior Asia Rawls, senior ReJeana Margina and senior Shantavia Williams.

Sophomore Joshua George, redshirt freshman Cole Sanseverino, sophomore Donald Scott along with Ejigu all made the 2012 Men’s Track and Field All-MAC first team. George finished first in the 800-meter run (1:51.68), Sanseverino finished first in the 1,500-meter run (3:49.54) and Scott finished first in the triple jump (15.67-meters).

The MAC Outdoor Championship treated the underclassmen of EMU well this past weekend. Freshman Cameron Bolton, freshman Chris Hall, sophomore Chris Scott and junior Jay Saunders finished second in the 4×400-meter relay (3:14.44); they were all named 2012 Men’s Track and Field All-MAC second team.

EMU had five athletes make the 2012 Women’s Track and Field All-MAC second team. Eclock, Rawls, Williams and Marigna made the second team with their finish in 4×400 meter relay (3:39.38). Rawls also made the team for her finish in the 400-meter hurdles (58.39). Williams made the second team in her finish in the 400-meter dash (53.78). Marigna made the second team in her finish in the 100-meter dash (11.89).

Freshman Lydia Gomez-Diaz also made the 2012 Women’s Track and Field All-MAC second team for her finish in the hammer throw event (58.17-meters). In her hammer throw, Gomez-Diaz broke the EMU record, which she set earlier in the season.

For the qualifying EMU athletes, training will continue for the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. The NCAA Regional Championships are from May 24-26.


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