Track Athletes Earn Academic And Regional Awards

(photo by Scott Eyre)
(photo by Scott Eyre)

The final round of 2015-16 track & field awards have come in from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and EMU athletes are once again well-represented.

For the fourth straight year, middle distance runner Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) was given All-Academic honors. A five-time All-American in track and cross country, the biology major graduated with a 3.85 GPA. She earned her final All-America medal by finishing fourth in the 1500m at the NCAA Championships in May. Chappell-Dick is a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year, and was also an EMU Cords of Distinction honoree. Four of the ten Cords of Distinction recipients were Royals athletes from the track & field teams.

To qualify for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event.

Additionally, a number of Eastern Mennonite athletes earned spots on the USTFCCCA All-Region teams. To be named All-Region, an athlete must be ranked in the top-5 of an individual event in the region according to the final TFRRS data.

EMU All-Region Women
Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) – indoor 800m, indoor mile, indoor 3000m, outdoor 800m, outdoor 1500m
Kat Lehman (Dover, Ohio/Dover) – indoor 3000m
Tajah Miller (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) – outdoor 100m

EMU All-Region Men
Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) – indoor triple jump
Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock) – outdoor 1500m
Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) – outdoor 400m hurdles
Jeremy Heizer (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) – indoor shot put, outdoor shot put
Richard Robinson (Broadway, Va./Broadway) – indoor 60m hurdles
Alec Thibodeaux (Mount Sidney, Va./Fort Defiance) – indoor 3000m