Women’s track and field finishes second at MAC Championships

The Eastern Michigan women’s track and field team finished in second place at the MAC Championships in Ypsilanti on Saturday, Feb. 25. Eastern Michigan scored a total of 139 points, trailing only Akron’s 145 points as the dream for back-to-back triple crowns ended.

In the 60m dash finals, one Eagle placed in the top five, as freshman Britni Mason finished in fifth place with a time of 7.64. Junior Jasmine Jones placed first in the 200m dash with a personal best time of 24.31. In the 400m dash, two Eagles placed in the top three. Freshman Micah Johnston finished in second place with a time of 55.44 sec, a new personal best, and Jasmine Jones finished in third place with a time of 55.50, another personal best.

In the 800m run finals, Eastern Michigan had two top three finishers, as junior Natalie Cizmas finished in first place with a time of 2:10.16 and junior Rebekah Branham finished in third place with a personal best time of 2:11.59. In the mile run, three Eagles finished in the top-five, as senior Aslu Bogdanova finished in first place with a time of 4:49.23, Natalie Cizmas finished in second place with a time of 4:50.01, and junior Jordann McDermitt finished in fourth place with a time 4:51.35. In the 3000m run, Eastern Michigan held the top three spots, as sophomore Sydney Myers finished in the top spot with a personal best time of 9:33.67, Jordann McDermitt finished in second place with a time of 9:33.72, and Aslu Bogdanova finished in third place with a time of 9:35.81

Junior Dace Dreimane finished in fourth place in the triple jump with a mark of 12.33m. Dreimane also finished 13th overall in the high jump with a mark of 1.63m.

With the entire meet on the line, the four person team of Khadesha James, Natalie Cizmas, Jasmine Jones, and Micah Johnston finished in first place in the 4x400m relay. Unfortunately, they were later disqualified, voiding the points.

The Eagles had strong showings from a number of athletes, as two Eagles took home awards. Alsu Bogdanove was named the Most Valuable Performer and Sydney Myers was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer.

The Eagles overall had a solid performances at the 2017 MAC Championships. The Eagles now must wait and see if any individual performers earned a trip to the NCAA Championships on March 10 and 11 in College Station, Texas.


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