SOUTH BEND, Indiana (EMUEagles.com) —The Eastern Michigan University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will both compete in the Notre Dame Invitational, a day-long event hosted by the University of Notre Dame on Saturday, January 21, in South Bend.
This weekend’s action marks the third consecutive event for both EMU teams. Last week, the majority of the men’s and women’s teams attended Bowling Green State University’s Falcon Early Bird Invitational. The women’s program placed second, just one point behind BGSU, while the men also finished second. Another group of Eagles was at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
This week’s timing begins at 12:30 p.m. with the men’s long jump. Only 10 minutes later the first running event begins, the women’s 60 m hurdles preliminary round. The men’s and women’s 4 x 400m relays will complete the invitation event, with respective races scheduled at 4:15 p.m. and 4:20 p.m
In addition to taking on host Notre Dame, the Eagles also face off against student-athletes from Southern Illinois University and Lewis University.
LAST TIME-OUT: In Ann Arbor, EMU student-athletes achieved seven top-five finishes in eight different events. Despite finishing fifth at the event Baldwin Magnusson (Akureyri, Iceland-Hull University) surpassed the previous meeting record in the men’s 1-mile event, finishing with a time of 3:59.60. Also, his time is good for an Icelandic national record. He was named Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week by the Mid-American Conference this week.
In Northwest Ohio, EMU saw numerous top finishes. Kilani Harvey (Orlando, Florida-Jones-Morehead State-Highland CC) She led the 60m, where she took first place with a time of 7.55 seconds, a personal best. teammate Angel Gazaway (Cincinnati, Ohio-Princeton) finished first in the 200m (25.14). Mair Edwards (Basingstoke, England – The Costello School) won the 400 m with a time of 56.0 seconds. Gazaway also took home first place in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.63 seconds.
On the men’s side Callum Robinson (Goderich, Ontario – St. Anne Catholic Secondary School – Simon Fraser) needed just 21.72 seconds to win the 200 meter dash while Yvan Lopes Ribeiro (Nice, France-Lycée Honoré d’Estiennes d’Orves-American International) set a personal best in the 60m hurdles. His 7.79 is currently in the top 10 for any NCAA player this season and is remembered as the seventh-best performance in EMU history. In the meantime, Almighty Williamson (Baltimore, MD-Digital Harbor-Morgan State-Barton County CC) also set a personal best in the preliminary round of the same event, as his 7.84 second mark is good for ninth place all-time (tied with Bill Tipton1970; jeff dils1978). Brendan Hill (Huber Heights, Ohio-Wayne) was also a winner when he jumped 2.08 m in the high jump. Ribeiro also clinched a win in the long jump with 7.43m, the eighth best mark in EMU history. Newlyn Stephenson (Gary, Ind.-Thea Bowman Leadership Academy) Eastern gave his second top 10 NCAA performance of the season with his 77-foot weight throw, where he placed first.
WAYS TO FOLLOW: The meeting can be followed through live results. Click here to see real-time results.