The Eastern Michigan University women’s track and field team sent two groups of athletes to two different meets this weekend, one group at the GVSU Big Meet and the other in Geneva, Ohio at the SPIRE Invitational.
At the SPIRE Invite, freshman Jordann McDermitt continued her successful rookie season with the Eagles with a personal record of 9:22.72 in the 3000-meter. McDermitt edged out North Carolina State’s Samantha George for the second place finish in the 3000, finishing just .60 seconds faster.
McDermitt’s time in the 3000-meter qualifies her for the MAC conference championships as it is the fastest time in the MAC by more than three seconds.
Eagle Victoria Voronko recorded a season best time in the mile with a time of 4:44.21 and took seventh place. Also in the mile, freshman Natalie Cizmas took 16th place in 4:52.51.
Senior Taylor Knoll had an exciting 800-meter race, just missing the all-time top-10 listing finishing 15th in 2:11.68, an improvement of almost 7 seconds from her previous personal record. This is the fastest 800-meter time on the team and the fifth-best in the MAC, earning Knoll a bid to the MAC conference championships.
The highlight of the GVSU Big meet was the field event for the Eagle.
The team saw great success in the pole vault with a 1-2-3 sweep. Ellie Braidic finished first with the second best height in EMU history – 4.13 meters/13 feet, 6.5-inches. Janina Pollatz took second with a vault of 3.88 meters/12 feet, 8.75-inches, qualifying her for the MAC conference championships. Natalie Uy took third for the Eagles, matching Pollatz’s vault.
Long jumper Dace Dreimane also nabbed a win for the Eagles with a personal best distance of 5.80 meters/19 feet, 0.5-inches.