Women Take First At NCAA Regional Preview

The women place first at the CNU Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7.
The women place first at the CNU Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Eastern Mennonite University women's cross country team competed at the South/Southeast NCAA Regional Preview Meet hosted by Christopher Newport University on a humid Saturday afternoon and earned a first place performance in in 6k course. 

The men's team ran individually and was represented by Diego Avila (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) and Justice Allen (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro). 

"Overall, this was a very challenging meet due to unseasonably high temperatures and humidity," said interim head coach Hannah Chappell-Dick.

Senior Michaela Mast (Broadway, Va./Eastern Mennonite) secured another first place win with a time of 23:46, while teammate Elizabeth Nisly (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) finished in second place with a 24:15 time.

"Michaela ran unchallenged, securing another win," said Chappell-Dick. "Elizabeth, Megan, and Abigail ran very close to their season best times despite the conditions, suggesting that they will soon be ready for a break through." 

On the men's side, Avila and Allen competed on a 7.69k course. Allen came in at 19th overall with a time of 29:00, while Avila finished 21st in 29:31. 

"The runners had to be tough and resilient during this race, and this grit will help them as they move into the championship season," said Chappell-Dick.

The Royals will return to this course on Nov. 11 for Regionals.

"If the weather cooperates, it should lend itself to fast times in November," commented Chappell-Dick.

Before Regionals, however, the men's and women's teams will compete on Oct. 28 at the ODAC Championships hosted by Virginia Wesleyan. The women will see a close battle for the top 5 spots at the championship.