Eastern Michigan track & field program began their 2021-22 season Dec. 3 at Grand Valley State University where the Eagles participated in their first meet of the season.
During Friday’s meet 22 Eagles placed top-three in their events and one Eagle set a school record.
Taige Bryant set a school record at the GVSU Open with a weight throw of 22.56m and placed first in the event. Bryant’s previous best throw was 21.87m, last season Newlyn Stephenson set the record for 22.28m.
Junior Miranda Cadwell placed first in the open weight throw competition with a toss of 16.65m moving her to sixth all-time in Eastern Michigan’s record book.
Baldvin Magnusson participated in the 5000m race and finished second with a time of 13:41.39 which ranks as the second fastest time in EMU history.
Freshman runner Chloie Musta won her first collegiate track meet with a time of 2:13.93 in the 800m race, topping the women’s time for last season.
Six sprinters representing the green and white had top-five finishes. Kaleb Simpson finished the 60m dash with a time of 6.81 coming in first place and Kilani Harvey achieved a personal best of 7.62 in the 60m dash. Harvey also ran in the 200 with a time of 25.19 finishing runner up.
Mair Edwards placed first in the 400 (56.14) and teammate Tiffany Cernej-Garcia placed second (57.51). Quintella Johnson won the high jump (1.69m), Nina Ward took home the first place title in the long jump (5.63m), and graduate student Alisha St. Louis won the triple jump title (11.84m) according to EMU Athletics.
The Eagles are set to compete at Grand Valley three additional times this season. They will be back in Allendale, Michigan for the GVSU Snowdown Showdown, Feb. 4, The GVSU Big Meet, Feb. 11, and Michigan's Silverston Invitational, Feb. 18.
The women's team finished first overall with a score of 140.70 points and the men's team finished second with 92.20 points. Up next, the Eagles will participate in the Wolverine Invitational Jan. 8 in Ann Arbor hosted by the University of Michigan.