While Friday's weather was cool and windy, Saturday wasn't much better with clouds and sprinkles hampering the first outdoor track & field meet of the season, the W&L Carnival in Lexington, Va.
Nonetheless, it was a successful start to the outdoor campaign for the Eastern Mennonite men and women as they took home a pair of individual wins.
Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) topped the field by nearly a full second in the 400m hurdles, winning with a time of 54.42. Second place went to Drew Pranka of Washington and Lee in 55.20.
Faint then ran his PR in the 200m, taking fifth in 22.68. Jordan Short (Madison Heights, Va./Amherst County) was close behind in eighth with a time of 23.15.
Short took 11th in the 400m at 51.06, while Christian Gilliam (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) was one spot later in 51.56.
In the 4x400m relay, Gilliam, Isaiah Sheppard (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View), Short and Faint combined to finish third out of 14 teams, clocking a time of 3:25.41.
Jumper Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) only participated in the triple jump and took third place with a distance of 13.67m (44ft-10.25in).
With the weather definitely slowing down the men's sprints, Amoateng took seventh out of 45 sprinters in the 100m with a time of 11.46 seconds.
Austin Hart (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) crossed the finish line in 16.65 in the 110m hurdles.
Hannah Nichols (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) had a successful effort on the track, in just her second meet of the year. The sophomore All-American won the 400m, topping the field of 36 with a time of 1:01.87, 0.24 seconds faster than Bridgewater's Emily Valle in second. The Royals had two other women with ODAC-qualifying times, as freshman Chelsea Brubaker (Akron, Pa./Ephrata) clocked a 1:03.16 to take seventh and Brittany Williams (King George, Va./King George) came across in 1:04.34.
The trio teamed up with Laurie Serrell (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) to take fourth in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:14.72.
Tajah Miller (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) ran a 13.37 in the 100m, taking seventh out of 40 women.
In her first time running middle distance races, Michaela Mast (Broadway, Va./Eastern Mennonite) had a time of 2:29.11 in the 800m. She clocked at 5:06.39 in the 1500m.
Emily Hostetler (Marshallville, Ohio/Smithville) led EMU's duo in the pole vault, clearing 2.75m (9ft-0.25in) to take ninth. Rachel Sturm (Denton, Md./North Caroline) was two heights below at 2.45m (8ft-0.5in).
The Royals are back on the track next weekend at the Jack Toms Invitational in Lynchburg.