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The 11th ranked Embry-Riddle men’s track and field closed out its indoor regular season on Saturday with quite a successful showing at the ERAU Last Chance Meet. The Eagles posted five automatic qualifying standards, while more than a handful of athletes set personal bests on the team’s home track at the ERAU Track and Field Complex.
For the third consecutive meet, Richard Maku hit an “A” standard and broke his own school record in the triple jump with a mark of 14.80m. 2014 All-American Kameron Turner hit is first “A” standard of the indoor season in the pole vault with a season best mark of 4.75m. Also in the field, Rico Saldana posted an automatic qualifying standard, and tied his personal record, in the high jump with a 2.11m mark.
On the track, Alec Hernandez hit an “A” standard in the 1000m for the third time this season, crossing the finish line in 2:28.91. Meanwhile, Vincent Bett qualified for his second event at nationals by posting an “A” standard time of 14:55.90 in the 5000m, winning the race and finishing nearly 36 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Bett has also qualified for nationals with the 3000m.
ERAU senior Alex Dori barely missed hitting a “B” standard in the 400, posting a time of 49.47, just .07 seconds shy of the national qualifying standard. The men’s 4x400m relay squad of Dori, Joe Fuller, Emerson Tyler, and James Lovett was also just .03 seconds short of posting a “B” standard as it finished with a
time of 3:20.45.
Six Eagles posted personal bests in the throws. Carlos Guillermo (48.40m), Daniel Cashdollar (45.40), Brodie Lubelski (43.80), and Zachary Leitzau (36.78) all set personal records in the javelin throw. Lubelski also set a personal best in the weight throw with a mark of 15.17m, while Michael Haynes set his career best mark in the discus throw with a throw of 43.27m.
Senior Zane Zeigler also set a personal records on the track in the 60m hurdles (8.59) and the 200m (23.57).
Jacob Dordick was also in action for the Eagles this weekend at the Gasparilla Half Marathon in the Tampa. Dordick posted a “B” standard in the race as he posted a time of 1:13:38.
Up next for Embry Riddle is the NAIA National Championships. More than 10 Eagle have earned the right to compete at the national meet, which will take place in Geneva, Ohio from March 5-7.