EMU Wraps Up MAC Outdoor Championships

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (EMUEeagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University track & field team saw the Eagles win five events on the final day of the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships today, May 14, at the Kanley Track & Field Complex. The men finished second with 155 points, just behind Kent State’s 196. The women’s team took third as they tallied 108 points while Akron finished with 124 for the title.

“I’m really proud of the effort our team put forth all weekend,” said Director/Head Coach Sue Parks. “We battled some adversity this season but our athletes kept fighting. Although the team results were not what we were hoping for, we had many standout performances. Once again, Vinny Magnusson showed what a special athlete he is by winning three events.”

How It Happened
The women’s 4x100m relay team crew of freshman sarah walkes (Manatee County, Fla.-The-Out-of-Door Academy)junior Mair Edwards (Basingstoke, England-The Costello School)sophomore Kilani Harvey (Orlando, Fla.-Jones (Morehead State))and senior Keypathwa Gibson (Toledo, Ohio-Roy C. Start) earned gold with a time of 45.70. For EMU, this was the women’s team’s sixth consecutive title in the event. Later in the day, Edwards became Eastern’s first 400m champion since 2017, crossing the finish line in a personal-best time of 54.24, and took second in the 200m at 23.87 (PR).

“The athletes fought hard, it wasn’t the outcome we wanted but they stayed in the battle until the very end,” added Associate Head Coach Chris Best. “We all wanted the win but everyone competed hard and that’s all you can ask for as a coach.”

Junior Baldvin Magnusson (Akureyri, Iceland-Hull University) won the 1500m race early in the day in 3:47.52, then took over late in the 5K race for his third gold medal of the weekend in 14:41.99. For his heroic efforts this weekend, the junior was dubbed the Men’s Most Valuable Performer.

“I’m proud of everyone, the MAC is a tough conference and everyone showed up and competed and that’s the Eastern Standard,” said Assistant Coach Mark Rinker. “Vinny did something that nobody in MAC history has done – winning every distance race in all three seasons is historic.”

Also on the track, the men’s hurdlers had a phenomenal showing, going 1-2-4 in the 110H with sophomore Almighty Williamson (Baltimore, Md.-Digital Harbor (Barton DC)) (13.73), and juniors PayneWylie (Elstow, Saskatchewan-Colonsay School) (13.96) and dante lander (Dayton, Ohio-West Carrollton (Central Michigan)) (14.38), finishing in those spots, respectively.

“It was such a fun weekend, watching these kids compete,” added Associate Head Coach Sterling Roberts. “The hurdlers ran lights out! And the long and triple jump, on both the men’s and women’s side, were among the most competitive jumps events I’ve been a part of, which is always exciting. Both groups walked away with several PRs, season’s bests, and many are moving on to the NCAA prelims!”

Lander went on to take second in the 400H in a personal-best 51.87 to give the Eagles eight more points, while Wylie came in third (54.10). In the 100H, Alysse Wade registered at 13.68 clip for bronze.

Senior Chukwusom Enekwechi (Valley Stream, NY-Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences (Monroe College)) earned his second silver medal this weekend with a season-best discus throw of 50.73m. Elsewhere in the field, sophomore Ousman Kamara (Coatesville, Pa.-Coatesville) recorded a career-high jump of 2.07 for second, while freshman teammate Brendan Hill (Huber Heights, Ohio-Wayne) took third at 2.04m. Senior Quintella Johnson (Las Vegas, Nev.-Saint Mary’s (Texas Southern)) notched third in the same event with a clearance of 1.70m.

Meet Notes
Men’s Coach of the Year
Bill Lawson, Kent State

Men’s Most Valuable Performer
Baldvin MagnussonEastern Michigan

Freshman Track Performer of the Year
Tal Hamel, Buffalo

Freshman Field Performer of the Year
Alexandre Malanda, Kent State

Women’s Coach of the Year
Dennis Mitchell, Akron

Women’s Most Valuable Performer
Fegor Clifford, Akron

Freshman Track Performer of the Year
Adaeze Nwokike, Akron

Freshman Field Performer of the Year
Abby Knouff, Akron

2022 MAC Outdoor Championships
May 14, 2022 | Kalamazoo, Mich.

* = Personal Best, DNF = Did Not Finish, NH = No Height, DQ = Disqualified

Men’s Team Standings
1. Kent State 196
2. Eastern Michigan 155
3. Akron 128
4. Buffalo 120
5.Miami 48

Men’s Individual Results
(Top six marks/times are scored)

100m
kaleb simpson DQ

200m
7. Kyle Martin 21.64

400m
Four. Richie Sadler 47.93
6. Trent Barron 48.58

800m
5. Derek Jones 1:50.94*
8. Ronald Brandal 1:52.24*

1500m
one. Baldvin Magnusson 3:47.52
12. Solomon Costa 3:58.01

5000m
one. Baldvin Magnusson 3:47.52
two. Josh Hill 14:59.83
3. Toby Gualter 15:15.70

110H
one. Almighty Williamson 13.73
two. PayneWylie 13.96
Four. dante lander 14.38

400H
two. dante lander 51.87*
3. PayneWylie 54.10

4x100m Relay
— Eastern Michigan DNF

4x400m Relay
4.Eastern Michigan- Trent Barron, dante lander, Kyle Martin, Derek Jones 3:15.86

high-jump
two. Ousman Kamara 2.07m*
3. Brendan Hill 2.04m

Triple Jump
3. Baboucar Sallah Mohammed 15.60m
5. Richie Sadler 15.27m
9. Dahndray Holmes 14.34m

discus
two. Chukwusom Enekwechi 50.73m

Women’s Individual Results
1.Akron 124
2. Kent State 110
3. Eastern Michigan 108
4. Northern Illinois 94
5.Miami 72
6. Toledo 71
7. Central Michigan 67
8. Bowling Green 61
9. Ball State 54
10. Buffalo 27
11. Western Michigan 19
12.Ohio 12

(Top eight marks/times are scored)

100m
two. Kilani Harvey 11.50*
6. sarah walkes 11.91

100m
two. Mair Edwards 23.87 (PR)
Four. Kilani Harvey 24.05 (PR)
6. sarah walkes 24.27
8. Keypathwa Gibson 24.73

400m
one. Mair Edwards 54.24*

1500m
5. Faith Rono 4:29.10
12. Esme Davis 4:39.84
16. Lexi Seifer 4:52.36

5000m
7. sophia ivanko 17:20.20
8. Faith Rono 17:23.86
Julia Pleskaczynska DNF

100H
3. Alysse Wade 13.68
6. angel gazaway 13.78

400H
7. Chevonne Wheeler 1:01.14*
9. Tiffany Cernej-Garcia 1:04.02

4x100m Relay
1.Eastern Michigan- sarah walkes, Mair Edwards, Kilani Harvey, Keypathwa Gibson 45.70

4x400m Relay
4.Eastern Michigan ‘A’- sarah walkes, Mair Edwards, Keypathwa Gibson, Noriyah Johnson 3:41.57

high-jump
3. Quintella Johnson 1.70m
Morgan Iverson NH

Triple Jump
eleven. Alisha St Louis 11.86
leilah toran FOUL

Historical Notes
» With victories this weekend, Magnusson became the first runner in MAC history to win the cross country individual title, indoor mile, indoor 3000m, indoor 5000m, outdoor 1500m, outdoor 5000m, and 10,000m all in one season.
» A men’s 5000m runner has won the MAC title six times since 2015.
» Edwards became Eastern’s first 400m champion since former Eagle Jasmine Jones took home the gold in 2017.

up-next
The Eagles will wait to see who will qualify for the NCAA East Regional Preliminary Championships, May 25-28. For updates on all things EMU cross country and track and field, continue to check EMUEagles.com or follow the team on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @EMUXC_TF.

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