The Eastern Mennonite University track and field teams will gear up for their 2017-18 season debut, and with the excitement of a new season comes new goals for the returners and new faces throughout the rosters.
The Royals kick off the indoor schedule at the Christopher Newport University Holiday Open on December 2 in Newport News, Va.
2018 brings three more indoor events for EMU, including the Finn Pincus Invitational in Salem, Va., the JDL Fast Track Camel City Invitational and the JDL Fast Track UCS Invitational both in Winston-Salem, N.C. The indoor campaign wraps up on February 25 as the Royals head back to Salem, Va. for the ODAC Championships.
The outdoor schedule will commence on March 11 at the Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, N.C.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference will prove to be tough competition, but the Royals also take on teams from the Capital Athletic Conference, the Centennial Conference, the South Atlantic Conference and more.
"We have a very strong schedule this season," said head coach Brian Simpson. "We will be returning to many of the same meets that we competed in but there are a few new additions to the schedule that will challenge the team as we push towards conference and nationals this season."
Simpson continues, "We have the honor of being invited to the Seahawk Invitational at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and will again be competing at the VertKlasse Meeting at High Point University."
At the conclusion of the 2017 season, rising sophomore Hannah Nichols (Fredericksburg, Va. / Chancellor) went to Nationals in the Indoor season and earned All-America honors by finishing 6th in the 800m. In the outdoor season, rising senior Connor Faint (Winchester, Va. / Millbrook) took 8th in the 400m hurdles at Nationals to be an All-American. Also in attendance at Nationals was Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va. / Patriot) who took 13th in the triple jump.
The regular season will come to a close on May 17 in Chester, Pa. at the Mideast Invitational. The NCAA Outdoor Championships hosted in La Crosse, Wisc. will begin on May 24 and continue through May 26.