Royals Gear Up For ODACs

Hannah Patterson (right) ran in the 800m for EMU.

On Saturday the EMU track teams participated in the Johnson C. Smith Invitational hosted by that university in Charlotte, NC.  The Royals got a great chance to gauge their talent against a wide range of athletes, and had one athlete break an EMU record.

Dan Nafziger (Harrisonburg, VA/Harrisonburg) broke the school record in the 3000m steeplechase, crossing in 9:55.04, just ahead of an Emory runner in a photo finish.  Nafziger also edged Lynn Stoltzfus' EMU mark of 9:55.26 by a fraction of a second.

Thomas Millary (Dillsburg, PA/Homeschool) crossed in 18:16.83 in the 5000m run.

In the shot put, Hilton Morgan (Boyce, VA/Clarke County) was one of the top D-III finishers with a distance of 13.22m (43-04.50ft).  Aaron Sloan (Ooltewah, TN/McCallie School) landed at 10.83m (35-06.50ft), a season best for him.

In the discus, Morgan's best throw was 30.95m (101-06ft).

Deverin Pate (Baltimore, MD/Paul Lawrence Dunbar) had a good showing in the hammer throw, getting a throw of 32.57m (106-10ft).

Sloan landed at 39.72m (130-04ft) in the javelin.

On the women's side, Sophia Holmes (Berryville, VA/Clarke County) crossed in 2:27.86 in the 800m run and Hannah Patterson (Puyallup, WA/Mountainview International) timed at 2:43.85.

Lanae Kreider (Harrisonburg, VA/Broadway) tried the 3000m steeplechase and had a solid finish in 12:56.91.  She also stepped into third on EMU's all-time list in the event.

In the field events, Jenni Beck (Archbold, OH/Archbold) landed the shot put at 8.58m (28-01.75ft).  She also threw the javelin 17.30m (56-09ft).

Eastern Mennonite now gets ready for the ODAC Championships, which are this Friday and Saturday in Salem.