Allen Leads A Wave Of PRs For Royals

Justice Allen won the 3000m and notched his PR in the mile. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Justice Allen won the 3000m and notched his PR in the mile. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's track team took a small crew to the aptly named At the Last Minute Invitational hosted by Roanoke College.

Toni Doss (Damascus, Va./Holston) had a solid showing in the weight throw, coming in fifth, and just short of her PR, with a distance of 11.71m (38' 5"). Justin Odom (Williamsburg, Va./Menchville) also took fifth in the weight throw at 10.45m (34' 3.5").

Doss' heave of 9.72m (31' 10.75") snagged her seventh in the shot put, while Odom claimed sixth of the men's side with 11.17m (36' 7.75"). Wade Banks (Basye, Va./Stonewall Jackson) took a break from his regular events to throw shot as well, coming in 10th place with his throw of 9.64m (31' 7.5").

Banks went on to take second in the high jump, clearing 1.79m (5' 10.5").

Justice Allen (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) and Derrick Chirinos (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) started out the running events for the day, each earning a PR in the mile race. They hit 4:40 and 4:48, respectively, to claim sixth and 11th.

Abigail Shelly (Collinsville, Miss./West Lauderdale) set a new PR in the mile: 5:43. Her time earned her 4th place.

Coy Jimenez (Edinburg, Va./Central) and Alijah Johnson (Upper Marlboro, Md./Frederick Douglass) claimed second (52:17) and sixth (52.81) in the 400 meter dash.

Chirinos took eight place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:09. For the women, Shelly took third in her 800 race with a time of 2:35.

The day ended on a highlight, with Allen winning his first collegiate race. The sophomore led most of the way in the 3000 meter run and finished in 9:38, taking first by nearly four seconds.

"There were some nice performances," said Head Coach Bob Hepler, highlighting Jimenez's breakthrough in the 400 and Odom and Doss's continued improvement.

"Seeing all three runners in the mile have significant PRs was very exciting," he went on. "It also meant a lot to the team to see Justice get his first college win in the 3000. It was a good day for the Royals."

The Royals are back in action next weekend in Hagerstown, Md. at the Larry Sharpe Memorial Invitational.