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.