Women's track & field competes at GVSU Big Meet, SPIRE Invite

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.

SPIRE Results

EMU Individual Results (* signifies a personal best; ^ is a MAC qualifying mark)

200m Dash
16. McKinney, Aaliyah 24.87
20. Jones, Jasmine 25.11
22. Clark, Danielle 25.18
31. Roberts, Chante 25.34*
Mile Run
7. Voronko, Victoria 4:44.21^
16. Cizmas, Natalie 4:52.51*^
39. Bentzley, Danielle 5:12.58
60m Hurdles
27. Carter, Maya 9.11
36. Hurd, Dayna 9.56
3000m Run
2. McDermitt, Jordann 9:22.72*^
400m Dash
24. Yeadon, Morgan 56.54*
55. Hardiman, Iesha 1:00.18
800m Run
15. Knoll, Taylor 2:11.68*^
52. Quaintance, Rebecca 2:18.29
57. Mesa, Claire 2:19.34*
4x400m Run
11. Hurd, Hardiman, Klimovich, Carter 3:51.09
60m Dash
6. McKinney, Aaliyah 7.69p (q)/7.64f
8. Jones, Jasmine 7.74p (q)/7.72f
12. Clark, Danielle 7.71p
38. Roberts, Chante 8.04*

GVSU Big Meet Results

EMU Individual Results (* signifies a personal best; ^ is a MAC qualifying mark)

60m Dash
33. Threatt, Tericka 8.18
200m Dash
37. Threatt, Tericka 27.07
800m Run
16. Chauchard, Sarah 2:14.94*
5000m Run
28. Frauhammer, Amy 17:42.30*
37. Aldrich, Anna 17:53.44*
43. Pottschmidt, Lauren 17:56.14*
84. Hubbard, Megan 18:42.63*
60m Hurdles
18. Uy, Natalie 8.94
20. Byrd, Tifani 9.01
24. Dreimane, Dace 9.04*
High Jump Open
15. Coyne, Kristina 1.58m/5-02.25
Pole Vault Open
1. Braidic, Ellie 4.13m/13-06.50^
2. Pollatz, Janina 3.88m/12-08.75*^
3. Uy, Natalie 3.88m/12-08.75^
Long Jump Invite
1. Dreimane, Dace 5.80m/19-00.50^
8. Coyne, Kristina 4.99m/16-04.50
Long Jump Open
11. Pollatz, Janina 5.02m/16-05.75
13. Uy, Natalie 5.00m/16-05.00
Shot Put Open
13. Marion, Darcie 11.03m/36-02.25
Weight Throw Open
14. Waisner, Adrienne 15.54m/51-00.00
16. Volgyi, Helga 15.04m/49-04.25
19. Marion, Darcie 14.78m/48-06.00
21. Pendleton, Megan 13.40m/43-11.75
22. Briggs, Reagan 11.71m/38-05.00

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.

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