Ijah breaks record, track team sweeps heptathalon
The Eastern Michigan University men’s track and field team had five athletes compete in the Findlay Oiler Opener on Friday and Saturday and left the competition with a 1-2-3 sweep in the men’s heptathlon.
EMU’s Solomon Ijah broke the 2011 record previously set by Kevin Lanier by nearly 100 points, scoring 5,323 points over the course of the two day event.
The Eastern junior won five-of-seven events, as he finished the 60m dash in 7.10 seconds, ran through the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.35, leapt for a distance of 6.69 meters in the long jump, threw the shot put for 14.30 meters, and cleared 4.40 meters in the pole vault.
The second and third-place finishes came from EMU’s junior Levi Selvig with 4830 points and sophomore Zach Waldron with 4,363 points.
Waldron did get another top finish for the Eagles, as he was the only athlete to get the 2-meter mark in the high jump.
Eastern Michigan will not be back in action until Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, when the Eagles will host the EMU Triangular in Bowen Field House.