Finally, it's starting to feel like spring.
Eastern Mennonite University's track & field teams changed up their schedule this weekend, sending their full crew to Bridgewater on Friday for the Doc Jopson Invitational. Aside from a little bit of a wind, the Royals had fantastic weather for the meet.
Hannah Nichols broke through in the 800m. Running the distance for just the second time this year, the sophomore paced herself until the final straightaway, passing BC's Emily Young at the finish. Nichols won the race in 2:24.49, 0.15 ahead of Young.
Tajah Miller ran her season best in the preliminaries of the 100m, clocking at 12.65. She was just off that time in the finals, taking third overall in 12.68. Ania Summers had a similar result in her races, as the freshman set her PR in the prelims at 13.17, and the slowed to fifth in the finals at 13.25.
Miller also had her season best in the 200m, finishing fifth with a time of 26.67.
Chelsea Brubaker continued with the theme of crossing fifth, doing it in the 400m in 1:03.27.
In the 1500m, Laurie Serrell took second with a time of 5:09.02. It was a four-second PR for the junior.
The 4x400m relay squad of Brubaker, Nichols, Serrell and Brittany Williams combined for a time of 4:22.23.
Emily Hostetler and Rachel Sturm were back at it in the pole vault. Hostetler finished second at the meet with a new PR of 2.92m (9ft-7in). Sturm took fourth and was one height back at 2.77m (9ft-1in).
The Royals had a talented contingent in the shot put, led by junior Clarissa White. She had a huge PR and took fourth with a distance of 11.08m (36ft-4.25in). Toni Doss landed at 10.17m (33ft-4.5in) while Cheyenne Suamataia-Teo was closed behind at 10.09m (33ft-1.25in).
Doss narrowly missed her PR in the hammer throw, taking third with a distance of 32.76m (107ft-6in).
For the men, Jordan Short had the men's top time, taking third in 22.35.
Jamel Howard cleared 1.85m (6ft-0.75in) in the high jump, taking second place at the meet.
Despite not hitting a PR in either event, Grant Amoateng made a nice showing in the jumps. He won the triple with a distance of 13.96m (45ft-9.75in). He was second in the long jump, hitting the sand at 6.49m (12ft-3.5in).
Faint and Amoateng then headed to Fairfax, Va., on Saturday, looking to test themselves against D-I athletes at the Mason Spring Invitational.
Faint exploded for his second-best time in the 400m hurdles at 52.12, topping the field of 18, including 16 D-I runners. Faint's brother Cameron Faint from George Mason was also in the field. For EMU's Faint, the 52.12 was second only to his 51.89 from two weeks ago at the Montreat College Invitational. That time is still No. 2 in all of D-III.
Amoateng was equally as impressive, breaking his PR in the triple jump with a distance of 14.71m (48ft-3.25in). Five of his six attempts landed at 14.19m or better. The distance is just shy of Michael Allen's program record of 14.85m (48ft-8.75in). Amoateng took third at the meet in the event, as he did in the long jump with a leap of 6.55m (21ft-6in). On the national list, Amoateng vaulted to No. 5 in D-III in the triple and is No. 38 in the long jump.
The next meet for EMU is the ODAC Championships, next Friday and Saturday back in Bridgewater.