MAC indoor men’s track and field recap
While the EMU women’s track and field team was winning their first MAC championship in 11 years, the men failed to win the indoor championship for just the third time in sixteen years, finishing in a distant third (of five) behind Akron and Kent State.
Notable individual performances included sophomore Terefe Ejigu, who won the mile run and the 5,000-meter run and placed third in the 3,000-meter run, sophomore Vanier Joseph, who won the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Brycen Spratling, who won the 400-meter dash, and senior captain Clint Allen, who won the 60-meter dash. Allen came up hurt after winning the 60-meter dash, and he was forced to withdraw from the 200-meter sprint, which he led going into the finals, and Joe Tenser was hospitalized and unable to complete the pole vault after a bad landing, though he still finished fourth in the event. Following an incidental collision early in the 4×200 and a lane violation in the 4×400, EMU’s relay teams were disqualified from what would have been a third-place and a second-place finish, respectively. While the injuries and disqualifications certainly cost the Eagles points and might have made things closer, EMU would have finished third regardless.
Ejigu was named the Most Valuable Performer, and Joseph was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer. Both Ejigu and Joseph were named to the All-MAC First Team, as were Allen and Spratling. By my count, EMU won 84 points on the track, but only 8 points in the field events.