Originally scheduled as an off-weekend, a handful of EMU indoor track & field athletes took the trip to Annville, Pa., on Friday for the Dutchmen Invite, hosting by Lebanon Valley College. In preparation for the first big meet of 2019 next weekend, the Royals left PA with some fantastic individual efforts.
Derrick Chirinos (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) won the men's 800m by more than six seconds, crossing in 2:15.54. He also ran in the mile, finishing with time of 5:05.21.
Eli Roeschley (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) made a great debut, taking second in the triple jump when he hit the sand at 12.54m (41'1.75"). He was also sixth in the long jump at 6.21m (20'4.5"). Roeschley narrowly missed the EMU Career Top Ten list in each event.
Senior Justin Odom (Williamsburg, Va./Menchville) broke his PR in the shot put on his first attempt, landing at 11.65m (38'2.75").
In the 55m dash, TyJuan Nelson (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River) won his heat in the preliminaries with a time of 6.86, and then finished fifth in the finals at 6.89.
Wade Banks (Basye, Va./Stonewall Jackson) was third in the 55m hurdles at 9.08, after running an 8.77 in the prelims. The freshman was more impressive in the high jump, taking second by clearing 1.75m (5'8.75").
On the women's side, Laurie Serrell (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) was the runaway winner of the 800m, with her time of 2:40 more than 13 seconds ahead of the next runner. She also ran a solid time in the mile, clocking at 5:48.67.
Ania Summers (Stevens City, Va./Sherando) ran a 7.98 of the preliminaries of the 55m, before taking fourth in the finals at 8.06.
Toni Doss (Damascus, Va./Holston) was solid in both of the throwing events, highlighted by breaking her PR in the weight throw. There the senior landed at 10.71m (35'1.75") to inch past her previous best. In the shot put, Doss landed a throw at 9.81 (32'2.25").
Associate Coach Erick Camodeca said sending a crew to the meet gave his team the chance to highlight some key members who don't always make headlines.
"Justin and Toni's hard work and commitment this season was rewarded with personal best in their favorite events," Camodeca said of his throwers. "Wade, Ania, and TyJuan progressed onto the finals their highlight events for the evening, and Derrick ran away with a win in a well-run race. Then after just two weeks of practice coming off basketball, Eli was able to qualify for ODACs with impressive performances in the horizontal jumps."
EMU's men and women head to Salem, Va., next weekend for the Finn Pincus Invitational hosted by Roanoke College.