Track & Field Athletes Gaining Steam For ODAC Meet

Brittany Williams took more than three seconds off her 400m time from earlier this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Brittany Williams took more than three seconds off her 400m time from earlier this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU send a group of athletes of the Camel City Invitational over the weekend, hosted by JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. Facing a huge field of competitors from levels ranging from NAIA to NCAA D-I, the track & field Royals showed solid midseason form.

Eastern Mennonite's men and women have a weekend off sending another contingent back to Winston-Salem for the UCS Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 17. The ODAC Championships will be hosted by Roanoke on Feb. 25 in Salem, Va.

Freshman Justice Allen (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) had one of the best performances of the day, cutting more than 23 seconds off his time in the 3000m. Allen earned a time of 9:23.95, and is knocking on the door of the EMU top 10 list in the event.

Then in the mile, Allen was the men's top finisher with a time of 4:46.59. Derrick Chirinos (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) was close behind in 4:57.56.

Senior Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) led a foursome of Royals in the shorter distances. In the 200m, Faint clocked at 23.47 seconds. Jordan Short (Madison Heights, Va./Amherst County) finished in 24.00 even, while Christian Gilliam (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) was at 24.54 and TyJuan Nelson (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River) came in at 24.65.

Faint was 13th overall in the 400m with a time of 50.66. Short was next with a time of 52.43. Gilliam came in at 54.52 while Isaiah Sheppard (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) was at 57.15.

Austin Hart (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) ran a 9.05 in the 60m hurdles.

Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) ran a 60m time of 7.40, while Nelson came in at 7.61.

Amoateng had solid efforts in the jumps, landing at 6.46m (21ft-2.50in) in the long jump and 13.65m (44ft-9.50in) in the triple.

Justin Odom (Williamsburg, Va./Menchville) was close to his PR in the shot put, landing his best throw at 10.97m (36ft-0.00in).

On the women's side, senior Brittany Williams (King George, Va./King George) ran in a pair of events. She crossed in 1:05.10 in the 400m and 2:39.46 in the 800m. Both were season bests.

Tajah Miller (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) also had her best race of 2017-18 in the 60m, timing at 8.44 seconds. Ania Summers (Stevens City, Va./Sherando) ran an 8.53.

Clarissa White (Portsmouth, Va./Churchland) and Toni Doss (Damascus, Md./Holston) each landed their best effort on their first heave of the shot put. White measured at 8.69m (28ft-6.25in), while Doss was one position behind her at 8.51m (27ft-11.00in).