YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – Eastern Michigan University women’s track and field pole vaulter Alysha Newman (Delaware, Ontario-Mother Teresa) will compete at the 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick, Sunday, June 23. She will look to earn a spot on the Canadian Junior National team that will travel to Colombia for the Pan American Junior Championships, Aug. 23-25. Her quest to qualify for the team begins Sunday at noon inside Stade Moncton Stadium.
“Alysha had a fantastic freshman season here at Eastern,” noted EMU Assistant Women’s Track and Field Coach Jerel Langley, Newman’s position coach. “It is a great honor for her and for EMU to compete at Canada’s national championship. She has the opportunity to earn her way onto the Canadian Junior team for the Pan-Ams which features the best of the best in the Americas.”
Newman certainly has the talent to compete with the best pole vaulter in Canada, proving it with a sensational freshman campaign at EMU. Combining both the indoor as well as the outdoor season, Newman claimed four victories, a two runner-up finishes and a pair of third-place showings. Two of her four wins came at conference championship meets.
With the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships taking placing inside her home venue, Bowen Field House, Newman leaped an EMU record 13-feet 10.50-inches (4.23 meters) to capture the conference crown. That mark also set a new Canadian Junior National record for the Delaware, Ontario native. Newman’s record-breaking leap secured her spot at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, where she finished 12th in the nation, earning Second Team All-American status by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
During the outdoor season, Newman’s victorious leap at the Sea Ray Relays (13-feet 9.25-inches (4.20 meters)) tied the Canadian Junior National outdoor pole vault record. She once again stood atop the podium as the conference’s best in the pole vault, taking the MAC Outdoor Championships with a mark of 13-feet 5.75-inches (4.11 meters) after a jump off with Akron’s Arian Beaumont-Courteau. Newman became the first EMU women’s pole vaulter to win both indoor and outdoor MAC Championships in the same year since Hanna Palamaa accomplished the feat in 2002.