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Eastern Michigan Track at UofM Invitational feb 17th

Track and Field wraps up 2024 season at NCAA East Prelims

The Eastern Michigan University track and field teams capped off their 2024 outdoor season as 11 athletes competed for a spot in the national championships at the NCAA East Prelims, held May 22-25 at the University of Kentucky Track & Field Facility in Lexington, Kentucky.

Men's Highlights

On Wednesday and Friday, standout performances came from Almighty Williamson (Baltimore, Maryland/Digital Harbor/Barton C.C.), who advanced to the quarterfinals in the 110m hurdles with a 19th-place finish (13.90) in the semifinals. Williamson set a new school record with a 13.65 in the first round, marking his second consecutive season reaching the quarterfinals. He narrowly missed qualifying for the finals, finishing 18th with a time of 13.87. Freshman Kayenn Mabin (Kalamazoo, Michigan/Kalamazoo Central) also competed, placing 44th in 14.44.

In the hammer throw, freshmen Ryan Johnson (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) and Jake McEachern (Lloydminster, Alberta/Lloydminster Comprehensive) secured 27th and 33rd places with throws of 61.42m (201-6) and 60.08m (197-1).

Formula Thompson (St. Catherine, Jamaica/Jamaica College/Nebraska) exceeded expectations in the long jump, placing 36th with a leap of 7.06m (23-2), and also competed in the triple jump, finishing 37th with a mark of 15.10m (49-6.50).

In the distance events, Ronnie Brandal (Huron, Ohio/Huron) ran the 800m, finishing 47th in 1:54.30, while Marcus Kemp (Kitchener, Ontario/St. Mary's Kitchener) placed 42nd in the 1,500m with a time of 3:48.95.

Women's Highlights

Three EMU women exceeded expectations, led by Esme Davies (Lake District, England/Queen Elizabeth Grammar School), who excelled in 10,000m and 5,000m events. Davies placed 29th in the 10,000m with a time of 33:52.15 and 32nd in the 5,000m with 16:28.12, improving upon her 40th and 33rd seeds.

Miranda Cadwell (Plainfield, Illinois/Plainfield South) achieved the highest finish for the Eagles' women, securing 17th place in the hammer throw with a mark of 59.15m (194-0).

On Saturday, Kyra Buffen (Columbus, Georgia/Buford/Benedict) finished 39th in the triple jump with a leap of 12.24m (40-2). At the same time, Anita Zaro (Timisoara, Romania/Faculty of Physical Education and Sport) improved her seeding in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing 38th in 10:45.67.