Women's track & field performs well at Tennessee Relays

Eastern Michigan distance runner Victoria Voronko sprinting into the finish during the 3000m run on 18 January at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor. She finished second with a time of 9:27.76.

The Eastern Michigan University’s women’s track and field team traveled to Tennessee this past weekend to take part in the Tennessee Relays presented by Sea Ray, April 10-12.

The 45-team meet, hosted by the University of Tennessee, took place on the Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. The Green and White came out strong at the event, with the vast majority of the team meeting or breaking personal records in their respective events.

Sophomore Aaliyah McKinney once again paced the Eagles in both the 100m and 200m.

McKinney took 16th in the 100m, in 11.95, and went on to break her personal record in the 200m, crossing the line to take ninth with a time of 24.26.

McKinney was followed by junior Danielle Clark, who took 25th and 17th respectively in the two events.

Sophomore Morgan Yeadon also ran in the event, matching her personal-best of 24.75.

The Green and White saw more personal bests in the 400m and hurdles.

Junior Agata Klimovich ran a career-best 59.04 in the 400m. Seniors Sarah Chauchard and Pauline Chiariglione led the Eagles in the hurdles, as Chauchard finished 11th in the 100m hurdles, in 14.21, followed closely by Chiariglione, with a personal-best of 14.60.
Chiariglione also went on to take fourth in the 400m hurdles with another personal record mark of 1:01.59.

Sophomore Rebecca Quaintance finished the 800m run in 2:19.00 while junior Victoria Voronko ran the 1500m run with a personal-best 4:22.73 to take sixth, shaving nearly five seconds off her previous mark.

Completing action on the track on the first day of competition, freshman Anna Aldrich and senior Kayla Pfund took 14th and 16th in the 5000m run, respectively with times of 17:43.95 and 18:05.90. A pair of Eagles took on the 10,000m run, led by sophomore Amy Frauhammer with a fifth-place finish in 38:25.03 and followed by freshman Megan Hubbard with an eighth place finish in her first 10k at EMU.

The Eagles competed in four events on the field, earning third-place finishes in both the hammer throw and high jump.
Junior Lydia Gomez-Diaz threw 53.25 meters/174 feet 8 inches in the hammer throw while senior Kate Wolanin matched her career-best height of 1.75 meters/5 feet 8.75 inches in the high jump.

Completing the action for the first two days, sophomores Makeda DeBardelaben and Ellie Braidic competed in the triple jump and the pole vault, respectively. DeBardelaben jumped 11.23 meters/36 feet 10.25 inches and Braidic cleared 3.80 meters/12 feet 5.50 inches in the pole vault to tie for seventh place.

On the last day of competition, the Green and White’s freshman Anna Quilez-Ribera and DeBardelaben took part in the 3000m steeplechase and long jump, respectively.

Quilez-Ribera finished with a time of 11:17.38 for fifth place and DeBardelaben had a personal-best of 5.64 meters/18 feet 6.00 inches, finishing in the top 10.

The Green and White took one first place finish, with the team of junior Taylor Knoll, McKinney, Chiariglione, and Voronko in the distance medley relay. The quartet crossed the line in 11:50.86.
The other team to finish in the top-10 was the quartet of sophomores Iesha Hardiman and Morgan Yeadon and juniors Clark and Klimovich who competed in both the 4×100m and 4×400m relays. The Eagles took fifth in the 4×100m in 46.51 and closed out the meet with a sixth-place finish in the 4×400m with a time of 3:44.68.

The Eagles head next to the Buckeye State for the Jesse Owens Classic, April 18-19, hosted by Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

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