Track & Field Athletes Gaining Steam For ODAC Meet

All-American Connor Faint is running well in his final season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
All-American Connor Faint is running well in his final 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).