EMU Tracksters Close Indoor Season At ODAC Championships

Sophia Holmes ran the second-best 800m in EMU history and also had a great finish with the 4x400 relay team.
Sophia Holmes ran the second-best 800m in EMU history and also had a great finish with the 4x400 relay team.

The Eastern Mennonite track teams wrapped up their indoor seasons Friday, running at the ODAC Indoor Championships, hosted at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Junior Sophia Holmes (Berryville, VA/Clarke County) just missed notching points in the 800m run, taking seventh in 2:27.78.  She was only 0.26 behind the sixth-place runner.  It was Holmes' best indoor run in the event, and just missed Andrea Good's school record, which is 2:27.28.  Holmes is now second on the all-time list at EMU.

Jenessa Derstine (Harleysville, PA/Christopher Dock) finished 12th at the ODAC Championships with a time of 2:33.60.  It was her personal best time by nearly three seconds.

Naomi Good (Columbia, PA/Lancaster Mennonite) led the way for the sprinters, getting her best finish in the 200m at 29.40.  She also had a PR in the 400m, crossing in 1:05.76 and moving to eighth on the EMU all-time list.

A team consisting of Holmes, Good, Hannah Patterson (Puyallup, WA/Mountainview International) and Derstine grabbed a point by finishing sixth in the 4x400m relay.  The foursome charted a time of 4:30.69, the third best time in EMU history.

Alli Eanes (Harrisonburg, VA/Westmont Hilltop) and Katie Eckman (Quarryville, PA/Solanco) both participated in the 5000m run.  Eanes crossed in 20:25.78, while Eckman clocked 20:51.65 in her first race of the indoor season.

Alyssa Bane (Strasburg, VA/Strasburg) bested her top distance in the shot put by 0.01m, charting a heave of 9.20m (30-2.25ft).  She also had a best in the weight throw, landing at 10.32m (33-10.25ft).

The men's side was hampered by illness, as distance runner Dan Nafziger (Harrisonburg, VA/Harrisonburg) missed the meet with the flu.

Freshman thrower Hilton Morgan (Boyce, VA/Clarke County) took fourth place in the shot put, landing his best toss at 13.79m (45-3.00ft).  Aaron Sloan (Ooltewah, TN/McCallie School) just missed his season best with a distance of 10.78m (35-4.50ft).

Deverin Pate (Baltimore, MD/Paul Lawrence Dunbar) landed his PR in the weight throw at 11.09m (36-4.75ft).

In the distance medley, David Hooley (Bluffton, OH/Bluffton), Barkot Akalu (Addis Abeba, Ethiopia/Lycee Guebre Mariam), Jesse Parker (Wichita, KS/Wichita East) and Andrew Yoder (Harrisonburg, VA/Eastern Mennonite) earned a top five spot in the EMU record books, crossing in 11:11.59.

The athletes now have a few weeks off before the outdoor season starts in March.