Alderfer Breaks Program Record To Finish Indoor Season

Despite missing the 2019 track season, Isaac Alderfer quickly returned to top form. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Despite missing the 2019 track season, Isaac Alderfer quickly returned to top form. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Highlighted by sophomore Isaac Alderfer (Broadway, Va./Broadway), the EMU track & field teams had a successful end to the indoor season on Saturday.

Running at the South Region Final Qualifier in Winchester, Va., Alderfer not only broke his PR in the 800m, he toppled a 13-year-old program record. His time of 1:54.97 was 1.6 seconds faster than his previous and also broke the EMU record of 1:55.84, held by Luke Yoder since 2007.

Jansen Miller (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) broke his PR in the mile, winning the race with time of 4:39.94. That was 10 seconds better than his early-season best. The freshman also ran in the 800m, earning a time of 2:13.82.

In the 3000m, Justice Allen (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) nudged his PR in 9:19.71.

Kendra Oguamena (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) was EMU's only female athlete at the meet, and she crossed fifth in the 60m in a time of 8.27.

With no Royals athletes expected to qualify for next weekend's NCAA National Championships, the meet marked the end of the indoor season for EMU. They will get a weekend off before the outdoor season starts at the Washington and Lee Carnival in Lexington, Va., on March 20 and 21.

South Region Final Qualifier
EMU Men

800m: Isaac Alderfer, 4th – 1:54.97 (PR/School Record); Jansen Miller, 16th – 2:13.82
Mile: Jansen Miller, 1st – 4:39.94 (PR)
3000m: Justice Allen, 5th – 9:19.71 (PR)

EMU Women
60m: Kendra Oguamena, 5th – 8.27

Coach Bob Hepler said:
A great end of the indoor season. One school record and three PRs!  I'm so proud of Isaac. After a 20-month break from track, coming back into top form is not easy. His performance today bodes well for the outdoor season!