The Eastern Michigan men’s track team opened up the season on Friday, December 9, at the Findlay Oiler Open in Bloomington, where they sent out two heptathletes and six throwers.
Of the six throwers, junior Elijah Albert-Grayer led the Eagles, finishing in fourth place with a toss of 17.51 meters. Finishing behind Albert-Grayer for the Eagles was sophomore Zach Harkey finished in 11 spot with a toss of 15.83 meters, freshman Austin Hazek finished in 12 spot with a toss of 15.70 meters, freshman Taige Bryant, who finished at 17 with a toss of 14.77 meters, junior Mike Hierholzer who finished at 19 with a toss of 14.40 meters, and freshman Jannik Schmitt who finished in the 23 spot with a toss of 13.42 meters.
Eastern Michigan had two heptathletes compete, freshman Drew Lament and sophomore Alex Jacobs. Drew Lament finished the two-day event in fourth place with 4460 points, while Jacobs finished in fifth place with 4429 points.
"I was very excited about the boys' effort today,” said Coach John Goodridge. “The pace was very fast, much too fast for our current 5K race preparation, but this is a great indicator for me as to what lies ahead."
The Eagles now look forward to their next competition, the Simmons Harvey Invitational which will take place in Ann Arbor on Jan. 14.