Royals Get Points At ODAC Championships

Royals Get Points At ODAC Championships
Hilton Morgan (left) was the men's top finisher, taking third in the shot put. Sophia Holmes (right) had the second-best finish in EMU history in the 800m.

The Eastern Mennonite track teams gave a good performance at the ODAC Championships Friday and Saturday in Lynchburg.  The men charted a number of season bests and had two athletes place with points.  The women had three individuals or relay finishes in the top six.

Hilton Morgan (Boyce, VA/Clarke County) grabbed the bronze in the shot put, finishing with a best throw of 13.78m.  It was just a fraction shorter than his season best and 0.01m less than second-place Eric Van Dunk of Lynchburg.  Aaron Sloan (Ooltewah, TN/McCallie School) had a toss of 10.52m.

Morgan participated in the discus as well, charting a throw of 33.76m, just topping his season best.  In the hammer throw, Deverin Pate (Baltimore, MD/Paul Lawrence Dunbar) landed a throw of 29.41m.  Sloan speared the javelin at 39.39m.

On the track, Dan Nafziger (Harrisonburg, VA/Harrisonburg) broke his own school record in the 3000m steeplechase, taking sixth place with a time of 9:49.00.  Jesse Parker (Wichita, KS/Wichita East) beat his season best as well, crossing in 10:53.78.

Nafziger crossed tenth in the 1500m run with a time of 4:10.12.

On the women's side, Lanae Kreider (Harrisonburg, VA/Broadway) held her seeding in the 3000m steeplechase and shaved 23 seconds off her previous best, finishing fourth with a time of 12:33.94.

Sophia Holmes (Berryville, VA/Clarke County) pointed in the 800m run, taking sixth with a career best time of 2:25.61.  She also moved up to second place on the EMU All-Time list with the time.  Hannah Patterson (Puyallup, WA/Mountainview International) came in at 2:41.12.

The women also ran a team in the 4x400m relay for the first time this spring and were sixth in 4:29.35.  Shelby Windmuller (Oakton, VA/Oakton) ran along with Patterson, Kreider and Holmes.

Alli Eanes (Harrisonburg, VA/Westmont Hilltop) just missed the top six in the 5000m run, as she crossed eighth in 19:36.48.  The finish also took 10 seconds of her career best and put her seventh on the school's all-time list.

Bethany Hench (Carlisle, PA/Carlisle) had a season best hammer throw at 27.27m, third best in EMU history, while Jenni Beck (Archbold, OH/Archbold) landed a distance of 8.34m in the shot put.  Both women also participated in the javelin, with Beck charting a 15.53m and Hench fouling on her throws.

In the discus, Alyssa Bane (Strasburg, VA/Strasburg) had a throw of 25.78m.

Although the Royals have not yet qualified anyone for the NCAA National Championships, which are May 24-26, they will have a chance to land a qualifying performance at the Radford Invitational next weekend.