Royals Hang Tough At High Level Raleigh Relays

Underclassmen Hunter Taylor (left) and Connor Faint (right) have run as tough as they act. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Underclassmen Hunter Taylor (left) and Connor Faint (right) have run as tough as they act. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Top competition spurs on top performances, and a handful of EMU track and field athletes proved that adage over the weekend. The Royals qualified a limited number of men and women for the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State and comprised of mainly D-I athletes. But the few that went did very well for an early-season meet, including toppling a few PRs.

Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock) roasted his week-old PR in the 1500m, clocking at 3:57.22. The junior's first sub-4:00 time bested his previous best of 4:02.34 and vaulted him to No. 3 all-time in EMU history.

Richard Robinson (Broadway, Va./Broadway) already held the No. 3 effort in program history in the 110m hurdles, but he shaved some time of his PR at 15.29. His previous best was a 15.30 from his junior season.

Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) timed at 53.84 in the 400m hurdles, taking 15th overall, while Jeremy Heizer (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) was 16th in the shot put with an outdoor PR of 15.54m (51-0ft).

Freshman Hunter Sampson (Salem, Va./Salem) had a solid start in the 400m, timing at 50.88.

For the women, Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) ran in the both the 800m and 1500m. She ran the longer distance on Friday, clocking at 4:33.74. Despite running the 800m the next day, Chappell-Dick was in fine form, taking sixth overall with a time of 2:10.26. The time was less than a second off her PR.

Eastern Mennonite will keep their athletes busy next week, sending them to two different sites. A select group of men and women will head to D-I William & Mary for the Colonial Relays on Friday and Saturday. The main body of Royals will travel to Salem, Va., for the Roanoke Invitational on Saturday.