Track & Field Royals Participate In Cold Jack Toms Invite

Christian Gilliam has made marked improvements every race this year. (photo by Sideline Media)
Christian Gilliam has made marked improvements every race this year. (photo by Sideline Media)

With the cold weather and forecasted precipitation, this weekend's Jack Toms Invitational at Lynchburg College was shortened to a one-day event for EMU's track & field teams. The conditions again hampered the Royals' efforts, but a handful of individuals still had great performances.

Christian Gilliam (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) had a breakout effort in the 400m. The freshman continued his pattern started during the indoor season of shaving off around a second from his time at every race, this time smoking to a time of 50.28 to win his heat in a photo finish. For Gilliam, it was a huge PR over his 51.56 from last week's race at the W&L Carnival. He finished fifth in the race, and vaulted to No. 4 in the ODAC this season.

Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) ran his first outdoor 400m, and finished seventh with a time of 50.33. He is now No. 6 in the ODAC in the event. Jordan Short (Madison Heights, Va./Amherst County) took third in his heat and 11th overall with a time of 51.44.

High jumper Jamel Howard (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) made his return to the field and tied for first by clearing 1.83m (6ft-0in). The 2017 ODAC outdoor champion, Howard was jumping for the first time since completing his season with EMU's basketball team.

Austin Hart (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) pulled up with a 17.58 in the 110m hurdles.

The men's 4x400m relay team finished second out of 11 teams, rocking a time of 3:27.32. Gilliam, Isaiah Sheppard (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View), Short and Faint teamed up in the race.

Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) took fifth in the triple jump, with his best effort totaling 13.32m (43ft-8.5in). Then in the long jump, Amoateng landed at 6.12m (20ft-1in).

Chelsea Brubaker (Akron, Pa./Ephrata) highlighted EMU's efforts in the women's 400m, taking fifth and winning her heat in 1:02.19. Brittany Williams (King George, Va./King George) came in at 1:03.41.

Laurie Serrell (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) was second in her heat of the 800m, with an outdoor PR of 2:29.88.

In the 1500m, Michaela Mast (Broadway, Va./Eastern Mennonite) ran a 5:09.32. Then in the 5k, Mast turned in a time of 19:23.70.

Brubaker, Williams, Serrell and Hannah Nichols (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) teamed up in the 4x400m relay for a time of 4:19.82.

Emily Hostetler (Marshallville, Ohio/Smithville) match her effort from last week in the pole vault, clearing 2.75m (9ft-0.25in).

The next outing for Eastern Mennonite's men and women is the VertKlasse Meeting set for April 6-7 in High Point, N.C.