The Eastern Mennonite track and field teams each had successful trips to the ODAC Championships, which were hosted by Washington and Lee University Friday and Saturday in Lexington. On the men's side, the Royals grabbed an individual gold medal, while the women had a runner break a school record.
Jordan King (Dalton, OH/Central Christian) repeated his indoor title by winning the high jump. In his first ever season of jumping, King cleared the bar at 1.93m to top Washington and Lee's Dillon Myers at 1.90m. He grabs the All-ODAC First Team crown with the win.
Senior Dan Nafziger (Harrisonburg, VA/Harrisonburg) toppled his PR in the 1500m, and finished second in 3:57.32. He was just 0.41 seconds behind winner Luke Sohl of Bridgewater. The time was also the third-best in EMU history.
Freshman Richard Robinson (Broadway, VA/Broadway) grabbed All-ODAC Third Team honors with a third-place finish in the 100m hurdles. He shaved a third of a second off his PR and crossed in 15.50 for the fourth-best time in the EMU books.
Jumper Michael Allen (Fork Union, VA/Louisa County) just missed All-ODAC status in his final ODAC meet. He landed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 13.57m. In the long jump, Allen also came in fourth in a packed field. His best leap of 6.63m was just 0.01m ahead of fifth, but also just 0.08m out of the winning jump of 6.70m.
The 4x100m relay team grabbed a point by finishing sixth. Robinson, Allen, Jonathan Bush (Pottstown, PA/Owen J. Roberts) and Rich McBride (Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse Minoa) crossed in 44.49, in a photo finish ahead of Roanoke's 44.52. The 4x400m relay team of Bush, Londen Wheeler (Nelson, VA/Nelson County), Nafziger and Philip Watson (Philadelphia, PA/La Salle) also took sixth, with a time of 3:28.83.
The men's team totaled 34 points, taking sixth place behind Guilford's 39. Lynchburg won the team title with 175.5 points.
Freshman Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, OH/Bluffton) highlighted the women, as she finished second in the 800m run, coming in only behind All-American Carmen Graves from Roanoke. Chappell-Dick clocked in at 2:16.92, while Graves won the meet in a record time of 2:13.91. Chafin Brumfield (Harrisonburg, VA/Spotswood) also set her PR, taking third place at the meet with a time of 2:18.90, slicing more than three seconds of her previous best.
Brumfield, who has the second-best time in EMU history, gained All-ODAC Third Team honors with her bronze finish, while Chappell-Dick was named All-ODAC Second Team.
The freshman also challenged Graves in the 1500m, finishing just behind her in a photo finish. Chappell-Dick was less than half of a second, crossing in 4:52.56. Graves won in 4:52.14.
Becca Borg (Gig Harbor, WA/Peninsula) earned an award in the javelin, where she tossed her PR. Borg's distance of 30.32m in the javelin gave her third place and All-ODAC Third Team status. Sophomore Alyssa Bane (Strasburg, VA/Strasburg) took fifth in the discus, landing at 32.67m.
Jolee Paden (St. Joseph, IL/St. Joseph-Odgen) ran the 10,000m for the first time and finished seventh in 39:50.85. The time also gave her the No. 4 spot in the EMU record books.
The Lady Royals earned 30 points as a team, finishing in sixth and just behind Shenandoah at 33.5. Roanoke won the team title with 178.5 points.
The ODAC Championships wraps up the normal season for the EMU track teams, although a handful of athletes will continue competing at events in the coming weeks with the hopes of qualifying for nationals.