Chappell-Dick All-American, Heizer Finishes 14th

Hannah Chappell-Dick stood on a Nationals podium for the fourth time, while Jeremy Heizer made a trip to Nationals in just his third season of throwing. (photos by D3photography)
Hannah Chappell-Dick stood on a Nationals podium for the fourth time, while Jeremy Heizer made a trip to Nationals in just his third season of throwing. (photos by D3photography)

Senior Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) saved her best for last.  Running in her final collegiate mile race Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Indoor National Championships, Chappell-Dick passed two runners over the final lap to pull away to her second straight silver-medal finish on the big stage.

Along with the second-place finish, Chappell-Dick broke her own EMU and ODAC records with a time of 4:54.32.

Eastern Mennonite University's male participant at Nationals also had a good effort. Senior thrower Jeremy Heizer (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) finished 14th in the shot put, landing his best throw at 15.38m (50-5.50ft).

In just his third season ever of throwing, Heizer was also the ODAC Champion in the shot put and weight throw.

Chappell-Dick, meanwhile, beat her season best time of 4:59.10 by nearly five seconds, while also breaking the ODAC record of 4:56.37 which she set last year. She also finished second in the mile at the 2015 NCAA meet.

This is the fourth All-American award for Chappell-Dick, continuing a streak she started at last year's meet. The senior finished third in the 1500m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring before coming in 17th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships earlier this fall.

After finishing second in her heat in Friday's preliminaries with a time of 5:00.23, she sat in her seeded position of fourth for much of today's finals in Grinnell, Iowa. Over the final lap, Chappell-Dick's cross training took over and she burst past two other women to take over second. She finished just ahead of MIT's Maryann Gong, a friendly rival on the national stage, who took third in 4:54.67. Emily Gapinski pulled away over the final lap to win in 4:52.28.