The Eastern Michigan University men’s track and field team split the weekend at two meets, with a group heading to the GVSU Big Meet and another group of sprinters heading to the SPIRE Invitational.
At the SPIRE Invite in Geneva, Ohio, redshirt sophomore Willy Fink became the third Eagle to run the 3000 meter in under eight minutes. Fink finished in second place in 7:57.14.
Long jumper Donald Scott inched up to second place on the all-time list with a jump of 7.53 meters/24 feet, 8.5 inches. This is the best long jump mark in the program since 1994. Scott won the long jump event by a whopping eight inches.
Also at SPIRE, sprinter Jeff Elam knocked a quarter of a second off of his personal record in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 21.78 seconds and taking sixth place overall.
Cameron Bolton and Matthew Williams also finished in under 22 seconds, with Bolton taking 10th place in 21.82 seconds and Williams taking 12th place in 21.89 seconds.
At the GVSU Big Meet, a larger group of runners and field event athletes competed in several different events. The highlights include Brandon Boldon’s 16th place finish in the 60-meter dash in 7.04 seconds and his 17th place finish in the 200-meter dash in 22.18 seconds, and hurdler Cameron Jackson’s personal record time of 8.49 in the 60-meter hurdles.
Distance runners Cameron Trinh and Steve Hammond set the pace in the long races for the Eagles, with Trinh finishing 18th in the 3000 meter in 8:39.23 and Hammond setting a personal record of 8:44.80 for his 22nd place finish in the 3000 meter.
The highlight of the field events for the Eagles was Keith Williams’s first place finish in the shot put with a career-best throwing distance of 16.36 meters/53 feet, 8.25-inches. Fellow Eagle Quinn Levering took second in the shot put with a throwing distance of 16.31 meters/ 53 feet, 6.25 inches.