After a few weeks off following the conclusion of the indoor season, EMU's track & field athletes opened up their outdoor season over the weekend, running at the Maroon Invitational in Salem, VA.
Freshman Naomi Good (Columbia, PA/Lancaster Mennonite) shaved a third of a second off her time from the prelims to the finals of the 100 meter dash, taking fifth in 14.41.
Sophia Holmes (Berryville, VA/Clarke County) pointed in the 800 meters, taking fifth in 2:35.61. Lanae Kreider (Harrisonburg, VA/Broadway) was the second runner to cross in the 1500 meter run, finishing less than a second behind the winner with a time of 5:20.83.
In the hammer throw, both Alyssa Bane (Strasburg, VA/Strasburg) and Bethany Hench (Carlisle, PA/Carlisle) earned places on EMU's all-time list. Bane was fifth overall with a throw of 26.27m, while Hench was sixth with a top throw of 23.69m. Hench also pointed and moved onto EMU's list in the javelin, taking sixth at the meet with at 19.18m. Bane was sixth in the discus, coming in at 29.75m.
For the men, Jesse Parker (Wichita, KS/Wichita East) earned a spot on EMU's all-time board in the 3000m steeplechase, finishing with a time of 11:38.10.
Aaron Sloan (Ooltewah, TN/McCallie School) had a personal best in the javelin, landing at 40.91m. In the hammer throw, Deverin Pate (Baltimore, MD/Paul Lawrence Dunbar) landed his best throw at 27.02m.
Next up for the Eastern Mennonite teams I the VMI-Washington and Lee Carnival on Friday and Saturday in Lexington, VA. Some of the Royals will also participate in the Jopson Invitational at Bridgewater on Saturday.