Royals Successful In First Full Track Meet

Toni Doss jumped to No. 3 in EMU history in the weight throw. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Toni Doss jumped to No. 3 in EMU history in the weight throw. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Eastern Mennonite University's track and field team came home from the Finn Pincus Invitational with a slew of PRs (personal records). The meet was hosted by Roanoke College and was the first full-roster meet of the semester for EMU.

Senior Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) started out the day in the long jump pit, jumping 21' 0" to earn 12th place.

Freshmen Eli Roeschley (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) and Wade Banks (Basye, Va./Stonewall Jackson) also jumped: 19' 11.5" and 19' 9.75", claiming 25th and 44th place, respectively.

Senior Justin Odom (Williamsburg, Va./Menchville) grabbed 34th place in shot put with his throw of 37' 8". Senior Toni Doss (Damascus, Va./Holston) also threw shot put, earning 38th with her throw of 30' 7.75".

Doss earned EMU's first PR of the day in the weight throw. She threw a distance of 38' 8.25" to finish in 22nd place.

Odom stepped up to the plate in the weight throw: 26' 11.75" and 47th place.

Amoateng and Roeschley went back to the field for the triple jump competition. Amoateng took 9th with 45' 1.5" while Roeschley edged his way in to 20th place with his jump of 40' 0.5".

Senior Derrick Chirinos (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) started out the day's running events for EMU. He ran the 1000 meter, taking home a PR of 2:47 and 14th place. Senior Laurie Serrell (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) also showed up in a big way for the 1K, running 3:14 to nab 4th place and a PR.

Banks ran the 60m hurdles in 9.63 seconds to claim 16th place.

Senior Tajah Miller (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) took 22nd in the 60 meter dash with her time of 8.47 seconds. Sophomore Ania Summers (Stevens City, Va./Sherando) got 47th with her time of 8.90.

Sophomore Justice Allen (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) muscled through a tough mile, barely missing a PR and earning 22nd place with a time of 4:45.

Juniors Abigail Shelly (Collinsville, Miss./West Lauderdale) and Elizabeth Nisly (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) ran the mile as well, earning 26th and 29th, respectively. Their times: 5:46 and 5:49. Shelly shaved down her PR by over 20 seconds.

Alijah Johnson (Upper Marlboro, Md./Frederick Douglass), Banks, and senior Ivan Harris (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania), ran the 400 meter dash. Johnson earned 19th place with a time of 52.86 while Banks cruised over the line at 56.19 to claim 51st place. Harris took 57th with his time of 58.80.

Chirinos returned to the track for another irregular event: the 600 meter run. He earned 16th place, along with his second PR of the day: 1:31.

Serrell joined Chirinos in his non-ODAC lineup. She ran the 600 in 1:49, taking home 6th place as well as another personal record.

Shelly grabbed another PR in the 800 meter dash. She ran 2:39 to take 16th place.

Johnson, freshman Coy Jimenez (Edinburg, Va./Central), and Harris ran the 200 meter dash. They earned 20th (23.43), 23rd (23.52), and 75th (26.03).

Allen and Nisly closed out the day's events in the 3K.

Allen turned on the afterburners, racing hard to get a PR. He succeeded, coming away with 12th place and a shiny new time of 9:21.

Nisly earned 17th with her time of 11:45.

Head Coach Bob Hepler saw it as a productive day for his sprinters and jumpers.

"[They] struggled a little bit today but they've been working incredibly hard and just advancing week after week so you can't PR every week. We're expecting really good things from them in two weeks at Hagerstown."

Coach Hepler's distance crew surprised him.

"I was expecting nothing out of our distance group really for the whole indoor season and we just had a ton of PRs today."

He cited Chirinos' performance as especially impressive.

"It was kind of just this meet where everyone was exhausted from working so hard and we had a few pleasant surprises," Coach Hepler said. "Out of everything that stands out, it was just like a really fun day."

EMU track and field returns to the action next weekend at the Vince Brown Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport University.

-- by Elizabeth Nisly, EMU Sports Information Writing Intern