EMU’s cross country teams gave fantastic efforts at Saturday’s ODAC Championships, highlighted by a runner-up finish from first-time runner Michaela Mast. The Royals women earned third place as a team in a very competitive field, while the young men’s squad made a strong finish as well.
The Eastern Mennonite University women’s cross country team competed at the South/Southeast NCAA Regional Preview Meet hosted by Christopher Newport University on a humid Saturday afternoon and earned a first place performance in in 6k course.
After a three-week break from races, the Eastern Mennonite men’s and women’s cross country teams headed north for the 44th annual Paul Short Run in Lehigh, Pa. Both the men and women had noteworthy performances.
After a decorated career at Eastern Mennonite, Hannah Chappell-Dick returns to her alma mater as Interim Coach. With a fresh training philosophy and competitive runners, EMU men’s and women’s cross country is expected to be stronger in the 2017 season.
With beautiful fall weather in Rome, Ga., EMU’s cross country teams wrapped up the 2016 season at the South/Southeast Regionals on the campus of Berry College Saturday morning. Both the men and women finished in the upper half of the large field of teams, although no individuals were able to earn a trip to next week’s nationals.
Eastern Mennonite’s cross country teams each had solid finishes at Saturday morning’s ODAC Championships in Buena Vista, Va. Working through a few injuries, the teams came home with three All-ODAC awards, as well as a pair of major awards from the conference.
With the regular season winding down, EMU’s cross country teams marched north on Saturday, running at the Gettysburg Invitational in Gettysburg, Pa. The Royals showed their talent while still leaving room for improvement in the big field.
Facing stifling temperatures for the second week of September, EMU's cross country teams pulled back at the ODAC Preview on Friday. The meet, hosted by Washington and Lee University in Buena Vista, Va., saw race time temperatures in the low 90s for the men's race which in turn led to a shortened women's race.
EMU’s cross country teams opened up their 2016 season in unique fashion – under the Friday night lights. The Royals ran at the Galen Piper Challenge hosted by Shippensburg University, with both teams coming home with good efforts to start the year.
There are a lot of storylines for this year's cross country teams, from replacing a legend to a new coaching structure. But the bottom line remains the same – the Royals expect to challenge for a top spot in both the conference and region, while sending a handful of individuals to nationals.
Eastern Mennonite University has announced that Isaac Bryan will take over as the new Director of Cross Country and Track & Field and Head Cross Country Coach. He spent the last year as EMU’s distance coach.
Eastern Mennonite University has announced the resignation of head cross country/track & field coach Britten Olinger. He has accepted a position as the head coach of track and field at Montreat College.
Each year, EMU names a select group of incoming students who receive full tuition to the college. All three of this year's Yoder Scholarship recipients not only excel in the classroom, but they also plan to don a Royals uniform and participate in a sport at EMU.
Senior Hannah Chappell-Dick has been in top form all season, and it showed on Saturday as she finished 17th at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships, becoming EMU’s first women’s NCAA All-American in the sport. Chappell-Dick shattered her PR with a time of 21:38.5 as she was within 15 seconds of the individual winner.