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EIU track has strong showing at Grand Valley State University Big Meet

ALLENDALE, Mich. — The Eastern Illinois men's and women's track and field teams traveled to the Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday for their final road meet of the 2018-19 indoor season. The Panthers combined for 23 top-15 finishes on the day.

Jasmine Woodley earned the top finish for the women with her first place throw of 60-03 3/4 in the weight throw, while Makenna Wilson took fifth at 53-11 3/4.

Pedra Hicks picked up a fifth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.88. Kristen Dowell earned sixth-place honors in the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line at 8.90. The quartet of Hicks, Sophia Keith, Lousia Rieger, and Dowell took ninth in the 4x400 at 3:52.37.

Wilson earned seventh-place honors in the shot put with her throw of 42-08 3/4, Woodley placed tenth at 41 1/4, and Abigail Nicholson took 11th at 40-08 3/4. Paige Minor took ninth in the high jump invite at 5-02 1/2.

Ashton Wilson earned the top finish for the Panther men with his first-place finish of 6-05.00 in the high jump.

Jekeel Suber crossed the line fifth in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.03. Tadiwa Mhonde earned a sixth-place finish in the 60-Meter Dash at 6.99, and a tenth-place finish in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line at 22.12. Riley Baker crossed the line 14th in the 400-meter dash at 49.50. The quartet of Anthony Bello, Mhonde, Baker, and Morris Seaton took fifth in the 4x400 at 3:18.07.

Seven Rowe took second in the high jump at 6-03 1/4, while Kobe Wells took fifth at 6-01 1/4. Clayton Turner took fifth in the shot put with his throw of 50-11, while Dillion Birch took 11th at 48.05 1/2. Joe Smith earned sixth-place honors in the long jump invite at 22-04 1/4. Matt Caines recorded a tenth-place finish with a distance of 19-08 in the long jump. Caines also took eighth in the triple jump at 42-07. Nick Phillips earned a ninth-place finish in the weight throw with his throw of 54-04 3/4.

EIU men's tennis splits in Normal

NORMAL — Eastern Illinois opened what will be a five-match weekend on Friday as the Panthers split a pair of matches in Normal.  EIU beat Illinois Wesleyan in the morning before falling to Illinois State in the nightcap.

EIU beat IWU 9-0 and lost to ISU 6-1 to stand at 4-3 on the season.

EIU 9, Illinois Wesleyan 0

Eastern Illinois opened the day winning a 9-0 match at Illinois Wesleyan.  The Panthers swept all three doubles matches with Gertjan De Wilder and Braden Davis picking up the most convincing win, 8-1, at number three doubles.

De Wilder and Davis would continue their strong play for the Panthers in singles play as they both won in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 over their opponents.  De Wilder defeated Michael Behrensmeyer at number five singles while Davis dispatched of Will Dooley at number six singles.

Mike Jansen would also pick up a straight-set win 6-0, 6-0 at number two singles while Freddie O’Brien and Logan Charbonneau added straight-set victories.  Luka Knieling moved up in an adjusted singles line-up and needed three sets to defeat Ryan Yoo, 2-6, 6-1, 10-7.

Illinois State 6, EIU 1

In the nightcap, good things continued for the Panthers as they rattled of their tenth straight point of the day winning the doubles.  Gage Kingsmith and Gertjan De Wilder won 6-3 at number two doubles while Logan Charbonneau and Freddie O’Brien teamed up to win at number three doubles.

In singles action, the Redbirds gained the upper hand winning all six points to take the match 6-1.  The top five ISU players all won in straight sets with Mike Jansen challenging at number two singles before falling 7-6, 6-0 to Diego Le Gal Perez.

De Wilder would push his match at number six singles to three sets before losing to Egehan Sertkaya 6-3, 5-7, 10-7. 


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