EMU's two men at the NCAA Track & Field Championships had a great final day, including junior hurdler Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) earning an All-America medal. Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) moved up one spot from his seeding, finishing 13th in the triple jump.
Faint drew a tough lane assignment for Saturday's 400m hurdles final, but ran a strong final 100 meters to edge Matthew Grafton of Penn State-Behrend by three-hundredths of a second. Faint finished in :52.98 to claim the eighth and final All-American spot on the podium. He had run a :53.30 in Thursday's prelims.
Rowan's Anthony Salemo beat the field by nearly a full second to break the stadium record and win gold in :51.06.
Faint earned EMU's first men's All-American honors in outdoor track & field since Jeremy Webster was seventh in the 200m in 2005. Nathan Turner was an All-American in the indoor shot put in 2007.
In the triple jump, Amoateng powered through his first jump for a distance of 14.16m (46ft 5.5in). He nearly equaled the distance on his third and final attempt, and settled in at 13th out of the 20-man field. The sophomore entered the weekend as the No. 14 seed.
Freshman Luther Newburn of Benedictine (Ill.) won gold with a stadium-best distance of 15.98m (52ft 5.25in).
"Connor and Grant capped off their season with two strong performances," Head Track & Field Coach Brian Simpson said. "For each of them to be here after recovering from injuries that could have ended their season is incredible! I am one proud coach today!"
The national meet was at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.