Top competition spurs on top performances, and a handful of EMU track and field athletes proved that adage over the weekend. The Royals qualified a limited number of men and women for the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State and comprised of mainly D-I athletes. But the few that went did very well for an early-season meet, including toppling a few PRs.
Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock) roasted his week-old PR in the 1500m, clocking at 3:57.22. The junior's first sub-4:00 time bested his previous best of 4:02.34 and vaulted him to No. 3 all-time in EMU history.
Richard Robinson (Broadway, Va./Broadway) already held the No. 3 effort in program history in the 110m hurdles, but he shaved some time of his PR at 15.29. His previous best was a 15.30 from his junior season.
Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) timed at 53.84 in the 400m hurdles, taking 15th overall, while Jeremy Heizer (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) was 16th in the shot put with an outdoor PR of 15.54m (51-0ft).
Freshman Hunter Sampson (Salem, Va./Salem) had a solid start in the 400m, timing at 50.88.
For the women, Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) ran in the both the 800m and 1500m. She ran the longer distance on Friday, clocking at 4:33.74. Despite running the 800m the next day, Chappell-Dick was in fine form, taking sixth overall with a time of 2:10.26. The time was less than a second off her PR.
Eastern Mennonite will keep their athletes busy next week, sending them to two different sites. A select group of men and women will head to D-I William & Mary for the Colonial Relays on Friday and Saturday. The main body of Royals will travel to Salem, Va., for the Roanoke Invitational on Saturday.