Track, field teams take 1st at Western Illinois

Mark Shanahan, Staff Reporter

Eastern men and women’s track and field teams each captured first-place finishes at the Western Illinois Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational on Saturday.

The teams collected 18 first-place finishes this weekend, 11 first-place finishes for the women and seven for the men.

Eastern won the 1500-meter in both the women and men’s sides. Junior Kristen Rohrer won it for the women with a time of 4:45.96 and sophomore Riley McInerney won it for the men with a time of 3:56.16.

Junior Kristen Paris took first place in the 800 with a time of 2:12.08 seconds. Eastern also swept the 100 and the 110-meter hurdles.

Junior Katie Ryan won the 100-meter hurdle with a time of 14.03 seconds and is now fourth on the Eastern career list.

Redshirt senior Danny Trevor took first place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.73 seconds. Sophomore Anita Saffa won the 100-meter dash with her time of 12.06 seconds. Junior Christian Ilunga-Matthiesen also won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.59 seconds.

Junior Briana Walker took first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.04 seconds. Sophomore Ivy Handley took first in the steeplechase with her time of 11:20.68 seconds putting her at eighth on the Eastern career list.

Eastern had a lone sweep in the field events in the pole vault for both the men and women. Junior Annemarie Reid cleared 12 feet, 1 ½ inches, which earned her first place and junior Eric Gordon cleared 15 feet, 5 inches also winning his event.

In other field events, freshman Jackie Jones won the women’s high jump with her leap of 5 feet, 5.75 inches. Junior Janie Howse won the women’s discuss with her throw of 139 feet, 3 inches.

Sophomore Kendall Williams took the men’s long jump with his jump of 22 feet, one inch. Senior David Johansson also won a field event in the men’s javelin; he was the last male of the day to win an individual event.

Eastern also had a clean sweep in the men and women’s 100-meter relays. The women’s team, which featured junior Angelica Anyaogu, Walker, Saffa and freshman Nyjah Lane, had a time of 47.25 seconds.

The men’s 4×100 relay team, which included freshman Zach Booth, freshman Davion McManis, sophomore Jamal Robinson and Ilunga-Matthiesen, scored a first-place time of 47.25 seconds.

Both teams will compete next weekend at the Illini Twilight at the University of Illinois.

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