Track and field teams take second place

Mark Shanahan, Staff Reporter

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Eastern men and women’s track teams opened up the outdoor season with 13 first-place finishes at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic at Southern Illinois. Both teams finished second in team scoring.

Red-shirt junior Norvel Mohammed and red-shirt senior Danny Trevor each had two first-place finishes. Trevor came in first in the 110-meter and 400 hurdle events. His time in the 110 was 14.75 seconds and 53.58 seconds in the 400-meter hurdle.

Trevor also ran the first leg of the 4×400 relay team that earned a time of 3:17.54. Teammates for the relay were freshman Michael Brown, junior Mark Pedziwiatr and freshman Christopher Orlow.

Mohammed won in the 200-meter and the 400-meter sprints with times of 21.02 seconds and 47.95 seconds. His time of 21.02 in the 200 places him 9th on the Eastern career list.

The men’s 4×100 relay team placed first with a time of 40.76 seconds. Sophomore Johnathan Boey, junior Calvin Edwards, sophomore Jamal Robinson and junior Christian Ilunga-Matthiesen ran for that team. Boey edged out Ilunga-Matthiesen in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.62 seconds.

The men took the first five spots in the 100 meter. Robinson was third; freshmen Davion McManis and Zach Booth were fourth and fifth.

Senior Ephraim Dorsey, red-shirt junior Joe Calio and senior David Johansson were the other men to earn first-place finishes. Dorsey won the 800 with a time of 1:55.15, Calio won the steeplechase with a time of 9:17.22 seconds and Johansson won the javelin with a throw of 188’03.”

For the women, freshman Nyjah Lane was the lone first-place finisher in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.13 seconds. Lane also ran as the anchor of the 4×100 relay team, which featured teammates junior Angelica Anyaogu, junior Briana Walker and sophomore Anita Saffa. They had a time of 47.13 seconds.

The 4×400 relay team, which included juniors Amina Jackson, Kristen Paris, Amy Yeoman and Dhiaa Dean took first place with a time of 3:54.69 seconds.

In field events, freshman Haleigh Knapp and Jackie Jones tied for second in the high jump clearing 5’05.”

Anyaogu took second in the long jump at 17’3.50.” Walker was also second in the 100 with her time of 11:35.04. Sophomore Ivy Handley took second in the steeplechase with her time of 11:35.04.

Paris finished third in the 1500-meter run and junior Annemarie Reid also finished third in the pole vault.

Eastern is back in action with the Big Blue Classic April 2-4 at O’Brien Field.

Mark Shanahan can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]