The Royals had a handful of nice efforts at Saturday's Roanoke Invitational Challenge in Salem, Va. Highlighting the day was a pair of Eastern Mennonite men taking first and second in the 800m.
Isaac Alderfer (Broadway, Va./Broadway) broke out in the race. He sat in third place after the first split of 200m, but then took over and had the best time of each of the final three splits. He won the race with a time of 1:58.13, breaking his 800m PR by nearly two seconds. Teammate Jansen Miller (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) also PRed, and came in second behind Alderfer with a time of 2:00.66. Alderfer now leads the ODAC is No. 5 in EMU history with his time, while Miller jumps up to No. 7.
Alijah Johnson (Upper Marlboro, Md./Frederick Douglass) focused on the short sprints, highlighted by a fourth place finish in the 200m at 22.80. Johnson was also ninth in the 60m at 7.34, missing the final by one spot. He ran a 7.31 in the prelims.
The Royals had three top-7 finishes in the 5000m. Justice Allen (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) led the way by taking fourth in 16:32.55. Freshmen Clay Kauffman (Broadway, Va./Broadway) and Nate Yoder (Mount Joy, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) were sixth and seventh with times of 17:11.07 and 17:34.27, respectively.
Justin Odom (Williamsburg, Va./Menchville) was sixth in the shot put, landing at 12.49m.
In the 4x400m relay, Shane Gray (New Carlisle, Ohio/Tecumseh), Meckias Abera (Washington, D.C./Archbishop Carroll) , Miller and Dawson Woodruff (Fairfax Station, Va./James W. Robinson Jr.) put together a fourth place finish with a time of 3:44.76.
The women earned a fifth place finish in the distance medley relay. Abigail Shelly (Collinsville, Miss./West Lauderdale), Jordan Jones (Stuarts Draft, Va./Riverheads), Elizabeth Miller (Archbold, Ohio/Archbold), Allison Shelly (Collinsville, Miss./West Lauderdale)raced to a time of 15:16.47.
Jones had a busy day, taking eighth in the high jump at 1.45m and 14th in the 400m in 1:07.68
EMU's track teams will head to the Alvernia Invitational next Saturday in Reading, Pa.
Roanoke Invitational Challenge
Top 20 Finishes:
60m: Alijah Johnson, 9th – 7.34
200m: Alijah Johnson, 4th – 22.80; Caleb Wright, 19th – 23.97 (PR)
800m: Isaac Alderfer, 1st – 1:58.13 (PR); Jansen Miller, 2nd – 2:00.66 (PR)
Mile: Zach Munoz, 15th – 5:23.69 (PR)
3000m: Justice Allen, 11th – 9:40.74; Nate Yoder, 15th – 10:04.49, Clay Kauffman, 17th – 10:16.80
5000m: Justice Allen, 4th – 16:32.55; Clay Kauffman, 6th – 17:11.07 (PR); Nate Yoder, 7th – 17:34.27 (PR)
Shot put: Justin Odom, 6th – 12.49m; Abdulla Alsaadoon, 14th – 10.38m
4x400m relay: Shane Gray, Meckias Abera, Jansen Miller, Dawson Woodruff, 4th – 3:44.76
Top 20 Finishes:
60m: Kendra Oguamena, 18th – 8.37
400m: Jordan Jones, 14th – 1:07.68
Mile: Savannah Bontrager, 19th – 6:27.67 (PR)
3000m: Allison Shelly, 18th – 12:07.82 (PR); Elizabeth Miller, 20th – 13:00.43 (PR)
Distance medley relay: Abigail Shelly, Jordan Jones, Elizabeth Miller, Allison Shelly, 5th – 15:16.47
High jump: Jordan Jones, 8th – 1.45m
Shot put: Hailey Whorton, 17th – 8.81m (PR); Lene Andrawas, 18th – 8.76m (PR)
Coach Bob Hepler said:
We saw some good performances by the throwers, jumpers and runners today, but I expect bigger improvements soon. The athletes are getting fit, strong and healthy as we approach the ODAC Indoor Championship at the end of February. We have so many freshmen whose bodies are finally adjusting to the rigors of college level training.