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.