Men's track team competes at Michigan

Eastern Michigan's Soloman Ijah fighting for the win in the 60m hurdles on 18 January at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor.

The Eastern Michigan University men’s track and field team took part in the Harvey Invitational on Jan. 18. The event was not scored and took place at the University of Michigan.

Some of the universities that took part in the event were Michigan, The University of Notre Dame, and Bowling Green State University.

In the track portion of the meet, Cameron Bolton’s time of 6.90 in the 60-meter brought the Eagles a third place finish. Previously, Bolton had come in seventh in the nation with a time of 6.86.

Sophomore Mason Waynes posted a personal-best of 1:21.60 in the 600m, to earn a first place finish for the Green and White.

Two other personal bests were recorded on the track. Nick Petro set a personal record of 4:24.09 in the mile and pentathlete/decathlete junior Levi Selvig was the top place finisher for the Eagles in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 8:34.

In the field events, senior Max Babits claimed the winning title in the pole vault event. Babits continued his success by clearing 5.20 meters (17-feet 0.75 inches). Babits vaulted nearly one and a half feet higher than his nearest competitor to take his second victory in as many meets.

In the triple jump, the Eagles claimed first and second. Donald Scott finished first, posting a distance of 15.47 meters (50-feet 9.25 inches), and Javion Lee took second, leaping 14.02 meters (46-feet).

“The highlight of the meet for us was Donald Scott’s early season triple jump mark, which is number seven in the nation,” EMU coach John Goodridge said.

Travis Harris enjoyed a personal-best in the field events. Harris threw for 16.19 meters (53-feet 1.50 inches) in the shot put. The throw earned EMU a fourth-place finish and outdistanced Harris’s previous record by over three feet.

“Most of our guys were tired from a good week of training and only our second week back on campus,” Goodridge said.

The EMU Eagles will have a short break before hosting another triangular meet. This last meet of the 2013-14 season will take place on the Bob Parks Track at Bowen Field House, Feb. 1.

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