MACOMB, Ill. - Eastern Illinois won fifteen events on Saturday as the Panther men's and women's track and field teams each placed first at the Lee Calhoun Classic hosted by Western Illinois. The EIU men scored 193.5 points while the women scored 194.
The Panthers domisteeplewebd the 800m run and the hurdle events on both the men’s and women’s side. Megan Gingerich won the women’s 800m with a time of 2:10.97 which ranks fourth on the EIU career list. Gingerich was six seconds better than teammate Meghan Carney who was second in the 800m at 2:17.07. In the men’s 800m EIU went 1-2-3 as Sean Wiggan won the event at 1:51.69. He was followed by Wes Sheldon at 1:52.26 and David Holm at 1:53.89.
In the women’s 100m hurdles the Panthers again turned in a 1-2-3 finish as Chandra Golden won the event at 14.38. Andrea Fabiano was second at 14.52 and Caitlin Finnegan third at 14.57. Finnegan would also post a second place finish in the 400m hurdles at 1:02.28. Fabiano’s time landed at 7th best on the EIU career list while Finnegan’s 400m time was 4th best at EIU.
On the men’s side Preston Smith won the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.81. He edged teammate Patrick Tortorici who was second at 53.86. Domnique Hall turned in a second place showing in the 110m hurdles at 14.48.
Darren Patterson won the 400m at 47.95 while Matt Feldhake was first in the 10,000m run at 31:41.51. Jason Springer led a one, two finish in the 1500m run with Graham Morris placing second. Springer crossed in 3:58.43 and Morris posted a 3:58.43.
Zye Boey, Marcus Williams and Connor Kustief all turned in second place finishes to cap the EIU men’s running race totals. Boey was second in the 100m dash at 10.50 while Williams was second in the 200m at 22.13. Kustief rounded out the second place group in the 5000m run at 15:35.1. Shawana Smith rounded out the top women’s finishers in running events placing second at the 100m at 12.17.
Both the EIU men and women swept first place finishes in the 4x100 and 4x400 relay events.
Scott Mammoser posted a first place finish in the pole vault with a vault of 15’7” to post the highest men’s finish in a field event.
Jill MacEachen and Queenie Adeboyejo added first place finishes on the women’s side. MacEachen won the long jump with a jump of 18’3”. Adeboyejo won the triple jump with a leap of 39’8” which resulted in the sixth best jump in EIU history.
Kandace Arnold posted two top efforts in throws. Arnold won the shot put at 48’9.50 while placing second in the hammer throw at 158’11”.
Michelle Hartnett rounded out the top performances for the EIU women as she lost in jumps to IPFW’s Katy Moore to place second in the high jump. Hartnett cleared 5’1.75” to place second.
EIU are scheduled to compete in the SIU Edwardsville meet next Saturday.