Returning to action for the first time since early December, EMU's track & field teams got a number of nice performances at this weekend Finn Pincus Invitational in Salem, Va., including an individual win.
Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) found his rhythm in the long jump, winning the event with his sixth and final attempt at 6.79m (22ft-3.5in). Although the distance just missed his PR of 6.92m, it was enough for the junior to clear the field of 26 men. Amoateng took fourth in the triple jump, but was the top D-III competitor, with a total jump of 13.86m (45ft-5.75in). He added a 7.36 in the 60m dash.
Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) was the top D-III runner in the 400m, taking third overall with a time of 50.34. Freshman Jordan Short (Madison Heights, Va./Amherst County) won his heat in 52.49. Another first year, Christian Gilliam (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis), came in at 57.23. Isaiah Sheppard (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) ran a 1:03.19. Faint then won his heat in the 200m, breaking his PR at 23.33. Short followed him again at 23.95 while Sheppard crossed in 24.60. TyJuan Nelson (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River) and Austin Hart (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) each won their respective heats, with Nelson running a 24.86 and hart a 25.35.
In the 60m hurdles, Hart ran an 8.99.
Freshman Justice Allen (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) made a pass late in the race to win his heat in the mile, taking seventh overall out of 53 runners with a time of 4:43.58. He was 16th of 30 runners in the 3000m, passing a runner on the last lap to come in at 9:47.19.
Derrick Chirinos (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) ran his indoor PR in the 800m, crossing the line in 2:13.43.
Justin Odom (Williamsburg, Va./Menchville) flew over his PR in the shot put with a distance of 11.39m (37ft-4.75in)
For the women, Tajah Miller (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) ran an 8.55 in the 60m preliminaries to advance to the finals. Ania Summers (Stevens City, Va./Sherando) timed just behind her at 8.60. Both picked up their times in the finals. Miller crossed in 8.49 for 17th while Summers was at 8.58. An event longer, Miller crossed in 28.74 in the 200m. Senior Brittany Williams (King George, Va./King George) timed at 29.88 and Summers was at 29.93.
Laurie Serrell (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) took sixth in the 800m with a time of 2:35.69. Williams came in at 2:42.34.
In the 400m, Anna Cahill (Staunton, Va./Buffalo Gap) clocked at 1:09.68.
Emma Hoover (New Carlisle, Ohio/Tecumseh) had a good start in the 5000m and took fourth with a time of 21:50.02.
Junior Toni Doss (Damascus, Md./Holston) easily landed her season best effort in the weight throw, landing at 8.81m (28ft-11in). In the shot, Doss measured at 9.10m (29ft-10.25in). Clarissa White (Portsmouth, Va./Churchland) had a distance of 8.74m (28ft-8.25in).
A handful of Royals did not compete in the meet, nursing injuries.
Eastern Mennonite's athletes head to Winston-Salem, N.C., next weekend, participating in the Camel City Invitational.