Track Athletes Knock Down PRs At Roanoke Tune-Up

Rachel Sturm (left) and Emily Hostetler (right) are in both soccer and track & field together. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Rachel Sturm (left) and Emily Hostetler (right) are in both soccer and track & field together. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Eastern Mennonite track & field teams had a great last effort before next week's ODAC Championships, with a number of the Royals breaking their PRs at Friday's Roanoke Tune-Up.

EMU's teams head back to Roanoke College next Sunday, Feb. 25, for the ODAC Indoor Championships.

Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) was in top form in his sprints, putting himself into the discussion for a trip to Nationals. In the 400m, Faint broke his indoor PR by roasting a time of 49.45. He finished second to only a runner from D-I Virginia Tech, and beat the nearest D-III runner by almost half of a second. Faint is now 15th in the nation in the 400m.

He also broke his PR in the 200m, clocking at 22.88 seconds. Both are top ten times in EMU history.

Junior Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) is picking up steam and was the top D-III finisher in both of the jumps. In the triple jump, he landed only behind a D-I Virginia Tech athlete, as Amoateng made a great landing of 13.95m (45ft-9.25in). In the long jump, he was third overall with a final jump of 6.92m (22ft-8.5in). Amoateng is first in the ODAC in both events, and top 40 nationally.

Austin Hart (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) took a time of 9.10 in the 60m hurdles.

For the women, Michaela Mast (Broadway, Va./Eastern Mennonite) ran in her first since December, and proceeded to win the 3000m. Her time of 10:53.89 put her first in the field of six runners.

Brittany Williams (King George, Va./King George) and Chelsea Brubaker (Akron, Pa./Ephrata) each had ODAC-level times in the 400m, with each winning their respective heat. Williams ran her best indoor time in two years, taking 11th overall in 1:03.46. Brubaker was just behind her with a time of 1:03.47, a PR by nearly two full seconds.

Laurie Serrell (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) was EMU's top runner in the 800m, winning her heat in a PR time of 2:33.26.

The distance medley relay team of Serrell, Brubaker, Williams and Mast took fifth in 13:27.16.

In the pole vault, Emily Hostetler (Marshallville, Ohio/Smithville) and Rachel Sturm (Denton, Md./North Caroline) each broke their previous bests. Hostetler took fifth when she cleared the bar at 2.91m (9ft-6.5in). Sturm was one height below her at 2.76m (9ft-0.5in).

Senior Recognition
At halftime of the EMU men's basketball game against Emory & Henry on Saturday, the cross country and track & field teams held their Senior Recognition ceremonies.

Those present for the ceremony were Connor Faint, Austin Hart, Jessica Longenecker, Michaela Mast, Rachel Sturm, and Brittany Williams.