February 18, 2015
EMU Cross Country Men And Women Rack Up Academic Awards
The dust has long since settled on the successful 2014 cross country season, but the awards continue to come in for EMU’s men and women. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has released their academic awards and Eastern Mennonite’s runners have earned a handful of recognitions, including the entire women’s team.
February 6, 2015
EMU Cross Country/Track & Field To Transition Coaches
Eastern Mennonite University has announced upcoming changes to the cross country and track & field coaching staff. Head coach Jason Lewkowicz will not be returning with the Royals after the completion of the track & field season while Britten Olinger, the program’s top assistant, will transition into the head coaching role.
November 28, 2014
Royals Athlete of the Week: Kat Lehman
If there was a limit on how many awards and recognitions an athlete could earn their freshman year, Kat Lehman would be in trouble.
November 22, 2014
Royals Wrap Up Year At Nationals
A great season for Eastern Mennonite University’s cross country teams came to a close Saturday at the NCAA National Championships. The Royals had three athletes running at the Kings Island Golf Center in Mason, Ohio, marking the first time in EMU history that the program sent multiple qualifiers to the monstrous year-end race.
November 15, 2014
Lehman Heads To Nationals As Women Take Eighth
Freshman Kat Lehman capped a great first season by earning a spot at next week’s NCAA National Championships. She took ninth place at Saturday’s South/Southeast Regional to get the final national bid as the EMU cross country women finished eighth as a team.
November 4, 2014
Royals Still Ranked Heading Into Regionals
The EMU cross country teams continue to be ranked in the USTFCCCA regional rankings. Both squads are expecting to push for top five finishes in the balanced fields of the South/Southeast Regional Championships on Nov. 15.
November 1, 2014
Women Put Two In Top Three In Runner-Up Team Finish
Despite a cold, wet and windy day, the EMU cross country women ran well at the ODAC Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Running on an even muddier course since they followed the men’s race, the women landed a second-place finish as a team, taking two of the top three spots on the individual side.
October 20, 2014
Lehman Crowned Top ODAC Runner For Third Time
This is becoming a pattern. With just four collegiate races under her belt, freshman cross country runner Kat Lehman has now won her third ODAC Runner of the Week award.
October 18, 2014
Women At Ease In Huge Field At Gettysburg
EMU’s women had a great showing at Saturday’s Gettysburg Invitational, landing the top D-III finisher and taking seventh as a team. Freshman Kat Lehman topped all of the runners in her division in a field of 394 runners on the 6k course traversing the Gettysburg Battlefield.
October 14, 2014
Cross Country Polls Remain Same
Across the board, most of this week's cross country regional rankings remained unchanged. Both the South/Southeast polls stayed the same, leaving the EMU men fifth and the women seventh.
October 10, 2014
Royals Call Off Friday's Relay Challenge
The Eastern Mennonite cross country teams have cancelled Friday's EMU XC Relay Challenge. Taking a handful of factors into consideration, including a forecast full of rain, Coach JasonLewkowicz called off the meet.
October 7, 2014
Royals Runners Hold Spots In Region Rankings
The EMU cross country teams held serve in their respective regional rankings this week. The Royals are coming off a weekend without a race.
October 2, 2014
Royals Athlete of the Week: Jolee Paden
After showing outstanding sportsmanship and being the Good Samaritan at a cross country meet, junior Jolee Paden has been named the Royals Athlete of the Week.
September 30, 2014
Cross Country Teams Continue To Be Regionally Ranked
Both EMU cross country teams continue to be ranked in the South/Southeast Region in the Week 3 rankings by the USTFCCCA. The Royals participated in the NCAA D-III Pre-Nationals last weekend in Mason, Ohio, and both represented the region well on the national scene.
September 27, 2014
Cross Country Women 11th At Pre-Nationals
The Eastern Mennonite cross country women ran well on their biggest stage so far this season, duplicating the men’s performance by taking 11th out of 27 teams. The Royals were running at the NCAA D-III Pre-Nationals in Mason, Ohio, on the same course which will host nationals in two months.
September 23, 2014
EMU Runs Up Regional Rankings
Boosted by a pair of first-place finishes last weekend, the Eastern Mennonite cross country teams have vaulted in this week's USTFCCCA regional rankings. While the men jumped two spots to No. 6, the women made one of the biggest leaps in history, jumping from being unranked to tied for No. 2.
September 22, 2014
Lehman Earns Another ODAC Award
Freshman Kat Lehman is building quick a resume. Two collegiate races. Two times being the top collegiate finisher. And now two ODAC Runner of the Week awards.
September 20, 2014
EMU Women Perfect With Top Five Finishers
So this is what they are capable of. Running with a full team on Saturday, the Eastern Mennonite women were perfect. Literally. The Royals charted the lowest possible team score with 15 points, and won the Shenandoah Valley Invitational over co-host Bridgewater College, who had 40.
September 16, 2014
Women Unranked, Prepared To Host Shenandoah Valley Invite
Competing in just one meet so far this fall, the EMU cross country men couldn't expect much to change in the regional rankings. In the first regular season poll released today, the Royals did make a minor move, sliding down one spot to No. 8 in the South/Southeast Region.
September 2, 2014
Lehman Named ODAC Runner Of The Week After First Race
Freshman Kat Lehman had a memorable first week of college, winning her first collegiate race and now being named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Runner of the Week. The ODAC honored EMU's cross country runner in the first round of the conference's weekly awards for the 2014-15 season.
August 29, 2014
Lehman Wins As Women Place Third At ODAC Preview
Considering that the EMU women left a handful of their top runners on the sidelines, Friday’s result at the ODAC Preview meet was quite encouraging. Freshman Kat Lehman cruised to the win in her first collegiate race while the team strolled to a third-place finish.
August 20, 2014
Women's Runners Picked Second In The ODAC Poll
The EMU cross country women are expected to challenge for the conference title this year, according to Coach Jason Lewkowicz and now according to the other ODAC coaches. The Royals were picked No. 2 in the ODAC women’s cross country preseason poll, coming in only behind 2013 champion Bridgewater in the league’s preseason poll.
August 7, 2014
SEASON PREVIEW: EMU Women Target An ODAC Title
It may seem like a stretch to classify the best finish in 12 years as “frustrating,” but that’s what EMU cross country coach Jason Lewkowicz said about his women’s team last year. With some talented freshmen replacing the one top-7 runner lost from last year, Eastern Mennonite’s women have their eyes set on an ODAC Championship in 2014.
August 4, 2014
Royals Named To ODAC Sportsmanship Teams
Eastern Mennonite University is pleased to announce its members on the 2013-14 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Teams.
July 9, 2014
EMU Breaks Record Again For All-Academic Honorees
Eastern Mennonite University once again set a new high for student-athletes named to the annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, as 96 Royals were honored. Last year a total of 80 Royals were named to the list, which had also been a high over the previous year’s total of 61.
July 3, 2014
EMU Puts Six On Academic All-State Team
Six EMU student-athletes have been named to the Academic All-State Team by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). A total of 226 student-athletes representing 38 colleges and universities in the state were recognized.
July 3, 2014
EMU Harriers Ready To Run In 2014
EMU’s cross country teams are going with familiarity in 2014. Coach Jason Lewkowicz announced this fall’s schedule today, and his Royals have the potential to run in eight meets this year but on only five different courses.
June 3, 2014
SEASON REVIEW: Cross Country Men And Women Make Big Improvements
The 2013 cross country season was a big step for the program in the third season under the direction of Coach Jason Lewkowicz. Both the men and the women improved throughout the fall, with both taking high finishes at the ODAC Championship and improving their regional finish over last season. Hannah Chappell-Dick also qualified for nationals, becoming the first female to run on the big stage since 2002.
November 23, 2013
Chappell-Dick Competes At Nationals To Close Year
For the first time since 2002, EMU had a women’s runner at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships. Sophomore Hannah Chappell-Dick made her first-ever appearance at the national race, crossing in 23:35.2 on the 6k course in Hanover, Ind.
November 21, 2013
Royals Athlete of the Week: Hannah Chappell-Dick
To no surprise Hannah Chappell-Dick wins our Royals Athlete of the Week for her amazing performance in the regional meet this past weekend.
November 16, 2013
Chappell-Dick Qualifies For Nationals And Women Place 7th
Sophomore Hannah Chappell-Dick has had a remarkable recovery from offseason surgery, and now she has a trip to the NCAA National Championships to prove it. EMU’s sophomore finished 12th at Saturday’s South/Southeast Regional in Newport News, qualifying for the national meet while spurring the team on to a seventh-place finish.
November 6, 2013
Royals Athlete of the Week: Lanae Kreider
Lanae Kreider helped the women’s cross country team clinch second place at the ODAC meet this weekend, which has also landed her our Royals Athlete of the Week.
November 5, 2013
Men Ranked For First Time, Women Climb To No. 6
It was certainly a successful trip to the ODAC Championships for the EMU cross country teams. As a result of last Saturday's race, the Royals men jumped into this week's regional rankings for the first time, while the women skipped to their highest spot of the year.
November 2, 2013
Women Take 2nd At ODACs, Highest Finish Since 2001
The key in any sport is to peak at the right time. For the Eastern Mennonite cross country women, getting healthy at just the right time is allowing them peak, as they landed four All-ODAC finishers and second place as a team at the ODAC Championships Saturday in Farmville, Va.
October 22, 2013
Royals Slide To No. 10 In South/Southeast
Despite a solid finish in a heavily D-I field last week, the EMU cross country women slid one spot in this week's South/Southeast Region rankings. The Royals had been either No. 8 or No. 9 all year, but this week slip to No. 10.
October 18, 2013
Women Just Happy To Be Back On Course
It’s been nearly a month, but the EMU cross country women were finally back on the course Friday afternoon. Due to a cancelled meet two weeks ago, the Royals hadn’t run competitively since Sept. 21, but they showed off Friday as the top D-III finisher at a mostly D-I race.
October 15, 2013
Another Week At No. 9
Another week without a meet; another week at No. 9. The EMU cross country women are ranked ninth in the South/Southeast Region for the third week in a row this week, as all ten of the teams on the list remained unchanged.
October 8, 2013
Region Ranking Remains Unchanged
After a weekend where many of the area teams were not able to run, nothing has changed in the South/Southeast Regional ranking. The EMU cross country women held at No. 9.
October 5, 2013
Men In Top Third On Hot Day, Women's Race Cancelled
In a huge field on a hot day, EMU’s cross country men ran well at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. As a team, the Royals took 12th place in their college division of 42 teams.
October 2, 2013
Women Down One Spot To No. 9
As they return to full health, the EMU cross country women continue to be ranked among the top ten teams of the South/Southeast Region. In the week three rankings, the Royals slid one spot to No. 9 and are still one of three ODAC teams on the list.
September 24, 2013
Royals Back Up To No. 8 In South/Southeast
After last weekend's solid showing at the Shenandoah Valley Invitational, the EMU cross country women moved up one spot in the South/Southeast Regional Rankings. The Royals now stand at No. 8, directly behind ODAC rivals Washington and Lee at No. 6 and Bridgewater at No. 7.
September 21, 2013
Women Hold Their Own Against ODAC's Top Teams
In a showdown of the ODAC’s three regional ranked teams, the three teams proved a simple fact – they are the top three teams in the ODAC. Eastern Mennonite, ranked No. 9 in this week’s South/Southeast regional ranking, took third at the Shenandoah Valley Invitational, but the women were within striking distance of co-host Bridgewater College as well as Washington and Lee.
September 19, 2013
Inaugural Shenandoah Valley Invitational Is This Saturday
Saturday is gearing up to be an exciting day for the EMU Cross Country team, as the Royals co-host the inaugural Shenandoah Valley Invitational with Bridgewater College. The new meet will be on a new course, Elk Run Trails in Elkton, Va.
September 17, 2013
Cross Country Slides One Spot To No. 9
Despite dropping one spot, the EMU women's cross country team is holding in the top ten of the regional rankings. The Royals, who were slotted No. 8 in the South/Southeast Region's preseason rankings, slid to No. 9 in the Week One ranking released today.
August 30, 2013
Women Tackle ODAC Preview In Farmville
The EMU cross country women opened their 2013 season at the ODAC Preview Meet on Friday and the women strolled in a respectable fourth place as the team. The Royals finished behind two conference teams at the meet hosted by Hampden-Sydney in Farmville on the same course which will host the ODAC Championships in November.
August 27, 2013
Women Runners Start No. 8 In Regional Poll
A year after finishing tenth in the South/Southeast Region polls, the Eastern Mennonite cross country women have earned enough respect to start at No. 8 in the 2013 preseason poll. The Lady Royals return six of their top seven runners this fall.
August 26, 2013
ODAC Coaches Pick Women For Third
With a stable full of returners, the Lady Royals will not surprise anyone this year. EMU's women were picked third in the ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll, in a vote done by the league's coaches. They took fourth at last fall's ODAC Championships.
August 21, 2013
Cross Country Women Causing Another Round Of Waves
Last year the EMU cross country teams exploded onto the scene, with the women earning a spot in the regional rankings early on. Although Coach Jason Lewkowicz expects his women to cause similar waves by the end of this season, he doesn’t expect them to make a splash right away.
July 16, 2013
Royals Set New High For ODAC All-Academic Team
Eastern Mennonite University set a new high for student-athletes named to the annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, as 80 Royals were honored. Last year EMU landed 61 on the list.
June 27, 2013
2012-13 Record Books Updated
With the 2012-13 EMU athletic seasons officially in the books, it seems a good time to take a look at those books - the record books. Each sport's record book (linked below), which includes historical win/loss records, statistical records and other program information, is also linked on the team home page.
June 18, 2013
VaSID Recognizes Six Royals To Academic Team
Six EMU student-athletes have been honored by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), being named to the Academic All-State Team.
May 30, 2013
New Home Course Set To Open In 2013
The EMU cross country teams will open up a new home course this fall. Their home meet on Sept. 21 in Elkton highlights a 2013 schedule with five competitions set before the ODAC Championships.
March 20, 2013
EMU Cross Country Women Have Highest GPA In Country
In a year which saw the Eastern Mennonite cross country women surge to prominence on the course, they have also vaulted to recognition in the classroom. The Lady Royals finished the 2012 semester with the highest cumulative team GPA in the nation at 3.76.
December 3, 2012
Six Royals Named To Sportsmanship Team
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2012 ODAC/StellarOne Sportsmanship Teams in each of seven fall sports sponsored by the conference. This marks the fourth year the league has recognized these fine student-athletes for their excellence in sportsmanship.
November 10, 2012
Lady Royals Close Successful Year At Regionals
A successful cross country season ended on Saturday, as the Eastern Mennonite women finished 10th at the South/Southeast Regional in Hampton, GA. The meet was hosted by Emory University.
October 27, 2012
Cross Country Women Take 4th At ODAC Championships
The Eastern Mennonite women’s cross country team took fourth place at Saturday’s ODAC Championships. The Lady Royals vastly improved upon their preseason ranking of seventh in the league.
October 16, 2012
Lady Royals Return To No. 5
Despite finishing third at last weekend's CNU Invite, the Eastern Mennonite cross country women moved up one spot in this week's South/Southeast Regional Rankings. The Lady Royals advanced to No. 5, and are ranked second out of four ODAC teams in the top ten.
October 13, 2012
Women Settle For Third At CNU Invite
Despite their top runners struggling, the EMU cross country women still had a powerful enough team performance to come in third overall at Saturday’s Christopher Newport University Cross Country Invite.
October 9, 2012
Cross Country Women Slip One Spot In Region
The Eastern Mennonite University women's cross country team slipped one spot in this week's regional poll. The Lady Royals had last weekend off, but were jumped by Rhodes and fell to No. 6 in the South/Southeast Region.
October 2, 2012
EMU Jumps To No. 5 In South/Southeast Region
After finishing second as a team at the prestigious Paul Short Run last weekend, the Eastern Mennonite University cross country women made a major jump in the regional rankings, vaulting four spots to No. 5. The move was tied for the biggest improvement of the week in any of the regions.
September 28, 2012
Cross Country Women Finish Second At Paul Short Run
The high finishes just keep coming. The EMU cross country women today came in second at the prestigious Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, PA, finishing only behind ODAC rival Washington and Lee in a huge field of 34 complete teams.
September 26, 2012
Lady Royals Hold Steady At No. 9
Despite topping two other ranked teams last weekend, the EMU cross country women are spending a third straight week as the No. 9 team in the South/Southeast Region. None of the region's top ten changed positions, with Emory continuing to top the poll.
September 21, 2012
Lady Royals Roll To Team Title
Matched up with two of the other teams in the South/Southeast Region’s Top Ten, the Eastern Mennonite women dominated the field at Friday’s Doc Jopson Invitational.
September 18, 2012
Women Maintain Their Regional Ranking
After getting the weekend off, the EMU cross country women maintained their No. 9 spot in the South/Southeast Regional Rankings this week. The Lady Royals were not mentioned in the preseason poll, but quickly moved into the No. 9 spot in week one poll.
September 11, 2012
Cross Country Women Jump Into Regional Rankings
Just two meets into the 2012 season, the EMU cross country women have already come a long way. The Lady Royals were picked for seventh in the conference's preseason poll and were an afterthought for the regional rankings. But after taking second- and first-place finishes at their first two meets, the Eastern Mennonite women have jumped to ninth in the South/Southeast Region.
September 8, 2012
Power Of The Pack Wins It
The EMU cross country women have done it again – only in a different way. Last week, the Lady Royals had the individual winner at the ODAC Preview Meet. This week, the women claimed the team title at the challenging Dutchmen Invite hosted by Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA.
September 4, 2012
One Meet, One Gold, One Athlete Of The Week
One race into her collegiate career, Hannah Chappell-Dick has a lot to be happy about. She won her first contest at Friday's EMU Royals Invitational. Today, the freshman was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week.
August 31, 2012
Cross Country Women Get A Gold Winner At ODAC Preview
The Eastern Mennonite cross country teams kicked off their 2012 season in fine fashion Friday, hosting the EMU Royals Invitational. Freshman Hannah Chappell-Dick had a sterling start to her career, topping the field of 72 runners while the team took second overall.
August 27, 2012
Lady Royals Plan To Surprise
The Eastern Mennonite women’s cross country team is poised to surprise a lot of people this year. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference coaches picked the Lady Royals to finish seventh out of ten teams in the preseason poll, which was released today.
June 29, 2012
EMU Cross Country To Host ODAC Meet In 2012
After a two-year hiatus in hosting a meet, the EMU cross country teams are back with gusto this fall. The Royals will be hosting the two Old Dominion Athletic Conference meets in 2012, the Preview to start the season and the Championships to wrap it up.
November 12, 2011
Women Earn 20th Place At Regional Meet
It’s been a long journey for the EMU cross country women this season, but after starting preseason workouts with three runners, the Lady Royals completed the year by taking 20th at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional.
October 29, 2011
Eckman And Eanes Lead Women At ODAC Championships
The Eastern Mennonite women’s cross country team took sixth place at the ODAC Cross Country Championships Saturday in Bedford.
October 15, 2011
Wind And Mud Slow Down Women
On a muddy course with 20mph winds, the EMU women’s cross country team pushed through a tough race Saturday at the Gettysburg Invitational.
September 30, 2011
Womens Runners Hampered By Sickness And Injury
Running at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, PA, the Lady Royals started five runners but could only finish four and didn’t record a team score. But two of the four women had their best times of the season.
September 24, 2011
Cross Country Women Take 3rd With First Team Score Of Season
As the season starts to come together, so do the runners. Eastern Mennonite’s cross country women earned their first team score of the year on Saturday when they took third place at the Maroon Invitational in Salem, VA.
September 10, 2011
Pack Running Gives Good Results For Women
Running as a group usually serves the EMU women well, and they did it again Saturday at the Washington & Lee Cross Country Invitational.
September 1, 2011
Trio Of Women's Runners Finish Well At First Meet
The Eastern Mennonite women’s cross country team did not finished with a complete team score, but the individuals who ran had a solid initial outing at the Hornet Cross Country Challenge in Bedford, VA.
August 29, 2011
SEASON PREVIEW: Cross Country Starts Anew
New coach Jason Lewkowicz knew he was in for a rebuilding project when he took over the Eastern Mennonite cross country programs this summer.
July 27, 2011
Lewkowicz Announces First Cross Country Recruits
New head coach Jason Lewkowicz is quickly putting his print on the Eastern Mennonite cross country program. About a month into his new post, Lewkowicz has announced the core of his recruiting class, although he looks to continue adding runners as the fall season approaches.
January 13, 2011
Lewkowicz To Take Over Cross Country And Track & Field
Eastern Mennonite University has announced the hiring of Jason Lewkowicz as its cross country and track & field coach. Lewkowicz will finish out the 2010-11 athletic year at Hannibal-LaGrange University, where he holds the same position, before moving to Harrisonburg this summer to take over the reins of the Royals' program.
October 30, 2010
Bikko Takes 5th At ODAC Meet, Heads To Regionals
Eastern Mennonite cross country runner Richy Bikko hung with the second pack at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships, and it was good enough to get him on the First Team. Bikko crossed the finish line in 26:39 Saturday, taking fifth place overall and earning a trip to the South/Southeast Regional meet Nov. 13 in Memphis, Tn.
October 16, 2010
Royals Run Well In Packed Field At Gettysburg
The Eastern Mennonite cross country teams were at the Gettysburg Invitational Saturday and participated in the large meet. Richy Bikko took fourth on the men's side to lead the way for the Royals.
October 9, 2010
Off Week Produces Good Results For EMU Runners
After getting an off week last weekend, the Eastern Mennonite cross country runners had a good showing Saturday at the Shenandoah University Hornet Harrier. Richy Bikko took an easy win in the 5k men's race, his third top finish of the season.
September 25, 2010
Bikko Dominates Maroon Invitational And Wins By 1:39
Senior Richy Bikko continued to show his prominence amongst the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, winning Saturday's Roanoke Invitational. Four conference schools were represented and Bikko easily took first place at the meet by 1:39 over Roanoke's Andrew Bernstein.
September 18, 2010
Eastern Mennonite Harriers Run At Dickinson Long/Short
The Dickinson Long/Short Invitational is always a good chance for cross country runners to get a gauge of how they fare in a talented field and Saturday was no different. The Eastern Mennonite runners did well at the meet in Carlisle, Pa., highlighted by Richy Bikko taking 23rd in the 4000m run.
September 11, 2010
Cross Country Runners Have A Good Showing At UVA
In a field mixed with D-I and D-III runners, Eastern Mennonite's Richy Bikko made a solid showing. The senior ran his personal record and came in 16th overall, finishing behind only one other D-III runner at Friday's Lou Onesty Invitational hosted by the University of Virginia.
September 1, 2010
Small Cross Country Teams Left With Room To Improve
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference Cross Country Preseason Polls were released today and the Eastern Mennonite University teams were both left with room to move up by the season's end. The men's team was voted seventh out of ten ODAC schools while the Lady Royals were voted seventh out of nine.