Snow Hinders Efforts At Season-Opening Outdoor Meet

Tyler Denlinger looks poised for a big spring in the middle distances. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Tyler Denlinger looks poised for a big spring in the middle distances. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Already not sending their entire team to participate in the this weekend's W&L Carnival in Lexington, Va., Saturday's wet and snowy weather didn't help matters. As a result, EMU's track & field teams had a sparse start to their 2016 outdoor season.

Junior Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock) highlighted the meet for the Royals. He broke his PR in the 1500m by more than seven seconds, crossing in 4:02.34 to move into fourth in the EMU record books. He took second overall and was the top ODAC finisher by five seconds.

Denlinger also had a solid first race of the year in the 800m, finishing eighth in 1:58.72.

Fresh off his shot put appearance at Nationals last weekend, Jeremy Heizer (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) showed his stuff in the weight throw. The senior broke his PR on each his second and third throws before destroying it on his sixth try. His final distance of 39.78m (130-6ft) blew past his PR of 36.78m, earning him sixth place at the meet and jumping him one spot to third place in EMU history.

For the women, Juni Schirch (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) ran an ODAC-qualifying time in the 800m, crossing in 2:30.79.

Freshman Clarissa White (Portsmouth, Va./Churchland) punched her ticket to the ODAC Championships in her first effort in the shot put, landing at 10.11m (33-2ft).

With temperatures hovering in the 30s on Saturday and wet snow falling, Coach Britten Olinger pulled a number of athletes while meet officials cancelled the men's and women's pole vault and women's triple jump events altogether.

Next Thursday's Jopson Invitational at Bridgewater College has also been cancelled due to winter track damage, leaving the next meet on the schedule as the Raleigh Relays slated for Friday and Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.