Royals Compete At SWAT Last Chance Meet

Sophomore Connor Faint has blossomed into one of the top hurdlers in the region. (photo by Londen Wheeler)
Sophomore Connor Faint has blossomed into one of the top hurdlers in the region. (photo by Londen Wheeler)

The men's and women's track teams traveled to Swarthmore College for their second of three final qualifying meets. Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) opened the Royal's evening with a third place finish in the 400 hurdles, finishing with a time of 54.22.

Jeremy Heizer (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) continued his stellar outdoor season with a fifth place finish in the shot put. His throw of 15.81 meters was the best DIII throw of the night.

Both Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock) and Alec Thibodeaux (Mount Sidney, Va./Fort Defiance) competed in the 1500 which featured a deep field of professional athletes. Denlinger finished with a 3:55.63, his second best time of the season. Thibodeaux ran a personal best of 3:57.22. Later in the evening Thibodeaux came back to run another personal best in the 5,000 meters to finish with a time of 15:03.13.

Richard Robinson (Broadway, Va./Broadway) finished his EMU career with a time of 15.98 in the 110 hurdles.

On the women's side, Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Oh., Bluffton) finished as the top collegiate in the 800 meters with a time of 2:10.55. Oksana Kittrell, (Bedford, Va./Liberty) wrapped up her sophomore season with a ninth place finish in the triple jump and a season best jump of 5.06 meters, good for a sixth place finish.

The teams will finish out the post-conference season on Thursday at Salisbury University Elite Final Qualifying Meet in Salisbury, Maryland.