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EMU track and field posts seven top ten finishes, ten personal bests recorded at Raleigh Relays

Magnusson almost rewrites history with performance in 1,500-meter race

The Eastern Michigan University men’s and women’s track and field program posted seven top 10 finishes as well as 10 personal bests at the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State University, March 23-25.

Iceland native Baldvin Magnusson placed third of 196 runners in the 1,500-meter race, finishing in 3:40.74, the second-fastest time in school history. EMU alum Paul McMullen holds the fastest time of 3:38.74 since 1995.

The distance runner also posted a personal best of 28:57.17 in the 10,000 meters, placing 10th which would record him fifth on the Eastern Michigan all-time list in the event. 

The men’s team posted five top-10 finishes as well as seven personal best. Eric Haddock Jr. (Raleigh, N.C.) posted two top-ten finishes in his hometown, taking fourth place in the triple jump and tenth place in the long jump.

Newlyn Stephenson (Gary, Ind.) placed fourth in the hammer contest while Brendan Hill (Huber Heights, Ohio) tied for fifth place with a jump of 2.01 meters in the long jump.

Linus Vennemann (Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany) and Marcus Kemp (Kitchener, Ontario) both ran the 1,500 meters alongside Magnusson. Vennemann posted a personal best of 3:47.26 in 38th place while Kemp finished in 35th place, recording a personal best of 3:48.13. 

Vennemann also ran in the 800 meters, marking another personal best of 14:34.93 

The women's team posted a pair of top-10 finishes and three personal bests in the three-day event. 

Micah Martin (Clinton Township, Mich.) placed ninth in her first collegiate competition in the high jump competition with a mark of 1.67 meters as Kyra Buffen (Columbus, Ga.) placed 10th, posting a personal best of 12.23 meters in the triple jump.

Isabella Brent (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) recorded the tenth-best throw in program history with her personal best throw of 162 feet, five inches. Chloie Musta (Mesnick, Mich.) also posted a personal best of 2:14.25 in the 800 meters, placing 74th.

Up next, the Eagles are headed to the University of Texas to compete at the Texas Relays for a four-day event starting Wednesday, March 29, and concluding Saturday, April 1.

For more information on the EMU outdoor track and field team, you can listen weekly to “TheBlockE Podcast,“ for updates on all EMU athletics.