Amoateng And Faint Highlight ODAC Championships

Grant Amoateng was flying high when he broke his PR in the triple jump. (photo by Sideline Media)
Grant Amoateng was flying high when he broke his PR in the triple jump. (photo by Sideline Media)

It was a successful trip to the ODAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, as Eastern Mennonite got gold medals from Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) and Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook).

In the triple jump, Amoateng already had what would have been the best jump of the day after his fourth attempt landed at 13.86m. But his fifth attempt was even better, as the junior hit the sand at 14.17m (46ft-6in) for his indoor PR. He is second all-time at EMU, behind only current assistant coach Michael Allen's 14.43m (47ft-4.25in).

In the long jump, Amoateng took fourth place with a jump of 6.63m (21ft-9in).

Amoateng was also named the ODAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Meet for earning 15 points in his two field events, including dominating the triple jump.

Faint led the entire race of the 400m, crossing in 49.33 to win first place. He was a step ahead of Washington and Lee's Donovan Fiore at 49.57, and also beat his week-old indoor PR of 49.45. Faint sits No. 17 in the nation in the event.

The senior also earned points in the 200m, taking sixth in 22.92 seconds. He just missed his PR of 22.88.

EMU took sixth in the 4x400m relay, as Christian Gilliam (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis), Isaiah Sheppard (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View), Jordan Short (Madison Heights, Va./Amherst County) and Faint closed the day with a time of 3:29.94. Faint ran the anchor leg with a blazing time of 48.79 seconds, the fastest of any of the 32 total individual splits, getting the Royals within 0.60 second of fourth place Virginia Wesleyan's 3:29.34.

The men put together a team score of 31 points to finish sixth, just ahead of VWU at 29. Washington and Lee scored 169.5 points to edge Bridgewater's 165.5 for the team title.

Clarissa White (Portsmouth, Va./Churchland) was the top finisher for the women's team, as she took fifth in the shot put. She fouled on four of her first five attempts before destroying her PR on the final heave, landing at 10.92m (35ft-10in). The junior's previous indoor best was a 10.10m (33ft-1.75in) from last year's ODAC Championships.

Michaela Mast (Broadway, Va./Eastern Mennonite) finished sixth in the 3000m, claiming three points to the team total. She ran a time of 11:01.45.

Chelsea Brubaker (Akron, Pa./Ephrata) took sixth in the 400m, finishing as the second-highest freshman. Brubaker shaved almost a half of a second off her PR with a time of 1:03.02. Running in her first meet of the year, 800m All-American Hannah Nichols (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) took seventh in 1:03.03.

In the pole vault, Emily Hostetler (Marshallville, Ohio/Smithville) was in a group of five women, including teammate Rachel Sturm (Denton, Md./North Caroline), all clearing 2.82m (9ft-3in). Hostetler finished in a two-tie atop that group based on jumps, taking sixth place.

Laurie Serrell (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) grabbed the final point in the 800m, running a 3.56-second PR time of 2:29.70 to take eighth.

The 4x400m relay team of Brubaker, Serrell, Nichols and Brittany Williams (King George, Va./King George) had the women's top overall finish, just missing All-ODAC status with a fourth-place finish. The foursome had a time of 4:22.29.

The women totaled 20.5 points, taking seventh behind Shenandoah at 25. Bridgewater scored 145 points to win the team title by 21 points over host Roanoke.