Next Up? Track Teams Gear Up For ODAC Championships

Azariah Cox (right) was All-ODAC Third Team as a freshman. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Azariah Cox (right) was All-ODAC Third Team as a freshman. (photo by Scott Eyre)

After canceling their participation in a meet on a frigid day last week Saturday, EMU's track & field teams found new destinations this Saturday in preparation for the ODAC Championships. The conference's outdoor meet is slated for this Friday and Saturday in Lynchburg, Va.

The majority of Eastern Mennonite's team went to the Hopkins/Loyola Invitational in Baltimore, Md., while a few throwers went to the WildCat Invitational hosted by Randolph College.

The men had the largest group of participants, including four finishers in each the 200m and 400m. Justin Bradley (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) led the crew in the 200m with a PR time of 23.08. Hunter Sampson (Salem, Va./Salem) was 14th overall in the longer distance, clocking in at 51.61. Philip Watson (Philadelphia, Pa./La Salle) and Ivan Harris (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) each had ODAC-qualifying times as well, in 52.70 and 52.89, respectively.

Bradley ran an 11.46 in the 100m, just a hair in front of his teammate in the heat, Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot), in 11.47.

Still trying to shake the rust off from an injury, junior Alec Thibodeaux (Mount Sidney, Va./Fort Defiance) ran a 1:57.24 in the 800m. Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock) wasn't far behind in 1:58.88.

Robert Cook (Lexington, Va./Parry McCluer) , who normally runs longer distances, shortened down to the 1500m and broke his PR in the event by nearly 26 seconds. He won his heat with a time of 4:13.50.

In the hurdles, Azariah Cox (Lynchburg, Va./Heritage) was eighth with a time of 16.35 in the 110m hurdles. Jonathan Bush (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) grabbed seventh in the 400m hurdles, finishing the lap in 57.66.

The team of Bush, Harris, Watson and Sampson took sixth in the 4x400m relay, combining to run in 3:27.23.

Amoateng was the lone participant in the field events, and he tied his PR in the triple jump. The freshman was fourth overall with a distance of 13.04m (42-9.5ft). He also participated in the long jump, taking eighth in 6.41m (21-0.5ft).

For the women, Tajah Miller (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) ran a solid 12.60 in the 100m dash, taking seventh out of 39 women. Oksana Kittrell (Bedford, Va./Liberty) crossed in 13.38. Miller also ran in the 200m, timing at 26.38 for the No. 3 time in EMU history.

In the 400, Brittany Williams (King George, Va./King George) had a time of 1:02.25. Juni Schirch (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) ran the 800m in 2:29.83.

Kittrell also participated in the jumps, and was within inches of the same landing in each of her three attempts. The best distance was 4.84m (15-10.5ft).

Austin Hart (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) highlighted Eastern Mennonite's efforts at the WildCat Invitational. The sophomore participated in his first meet since last year and landed an ODAC-qualifying distance in the javelin at 43.12m (141-6ft). Hart won ODAC gold last spring with a distance of 50.10m in the event.