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News · Alex Martin Throwing Down Records At Seton Hill

The Seton Hill track and field teams spent their weekend in Youngstown, Ohio at the YSU National Mid-Major Invitational.

Sven Rabsahl set a new school record in the heptathlon while the men added one more PSAC qualifier in addition to five new PSAC qualifiers on the women’s side.  The women’s distance medley relay team also placed first in the event.

Rabsahl set a new school record in the heptathlon, finishing second in the event, with 4,741 points.  Sven won the high jump and 60 meter hurdles in the heptathlon to earn the school record.

The women’s DMR of Sydney WolfAlyson TaylorDarby Roth and Skye Christian finished first with a time of 12:30.88.

Five women hit new PSAC qualifying marks in the event.  They included Caitlyn Padgett in the 5K.  Padgett was sixth in the event with a time of 18:29.24.  Alexis Cunningham and Allison Pittman each hit marks in the 800.  Cunningham ran 2:23.32 while Pittman ran 2:24.88.  Julia Lersch and Isabelle McCabe hit the PSAC times in the 3K.  Lersch was fifth in a time of 10:36.07 while McCabe was sixth in a time of 10:37.97.

Also adding top ten finishes were Lauren Ritenour who was second in the pole vault, clearing 3.15 meters.  Wolf was sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:21.70.

Kirkland Robins hit a new PSAC time in the 60 meter dash, finishing in 7.15 seconds.

Hunter Martin had two top six finishes in the jumping events.  He was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 6.82 meters.  Hunter was sixth in the triple jump with a jump of 13.54 meters.

Samuel Hartman was fifth in the 60 hurdles (8.36).  Joseph Piper had two top seven finishes.  Piper was fifth in the 200 (22.10) and seventh in the 60 (7.03).  Alex Martin had a seventh place finish in the shot put with a toss of 15.52 meters.

The teams will head to Alliance, OH for the Jim Wuske Classic at Mount Union next Saturday.

Original Article from Seton Hill Athletic Website

News · Austin Kratz Runs 200 and 60 For ASU T&F

Elite Competition Awaits @SunDevilTFXC at McCravy Memorial

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TEMPE – The Sun Devils will face their biggest contest of the season thus far this weekend when they head to the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Kentucky, to take on a field of 17 programs.

The two-day meet is the first true road trip of 2020 for the Sun Devils, and the first trip to the Kentucky-based meet. While the first two meets of the season have been led by the throws group, a new leader will step up this weekend with coach Brian Blutreich‘s group taking the week off.

Although the star power of two-time NCAA champion Sam Noennig and NCAA shot put leader Turner Washington will be absent in Lexington, the Devils will send a handful of athletes who have also started their 2020 campaigns on a high note.

After two solid 60-meter marks that put her comfortably in the top-10 in school history, Josephine Anokye will open her account in the 200-meter dash this weekend in the Bluegrass State. The senior Devil advanced to the NCAA West Prelims last season with one of the fastest 200-meter marks in the nation at 23.00, and will line up for the race for the first time since May.

On the men’s side, regional qualifier Marcus Reaves and CCCAA 200-meter champion Antonio Mitchell will also line up for their first 200-meter dashes of the season.

Cole Riddle appears to have not missed a beat after sitting out with an injury for nearly a year. The redshirt-sophomore is still one of the best in the nation as he sits in 12th in the NCAA in the pole vault after clearing 5.30m/17-4.5 feet in his season-opener.

Also on the rise after missing most of 2019 is Pennsylvania standout Austin Kratz. The sophomore will open in the 200 for the first time in his Sun Devil career, as well as compete in the 60 on Friday. Fellow Pennsylvanian Christina Warren is making her triple jump debut, an event that she dominated in the Keystone State, winning five state titles while at Perkiomen Valley High School.

This weekend will mark the first time the Sun Devils have had an entrant in the women’s 400 with Reina Ferra and Arius Williams toeing the line for the quarter-mile. Up at the half-mile distance, Bianca Tinoco will run the women’s 800 for the Sun Devils.

The Rod McCravy Memorial will be available to watch live on the SECNetwork+, and live results will be available on PTTiming.  For updates on the meet, follow @SunDevilTFXC on Twitter, and check back in to following the meet for a full recap.

Article from ASU Athletics Website

News · Austin Kratz (’18) Gears Up For NCAA Indoor Championships

February 6, 2019

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TEMPE – The biggest weekend of the indoor season will see the Sun Devils travel to three different meets across the country to take on the nation’s best, looking to move up on the NCAA’s descending order list.
With just under a month until the NCAA Indoor Championships, the Sun Devils have two women and two men in position to advance to the championship meet in Birmingham, Alabama.
Some of the fastest times of the last few years in the sprints have come on the tracks inside the Randal Tyson Indoor Facility, and Austin Kratz and Co. lace up to add to that history and send a Sun Devil to the Championship in the sprints for the first time since 2016.
What to Watch For
There’s plenty to look out for this weekend as the Sun Devils head out to improve their places on the NCAA’s descending order list.Just across the eastern border, Samantha Noennig and the Sun Devil women’s throwers headline festivities in Albuquerque. ASU has three All-Americans entered in the throws at the Don Kirby Elite, but all three are seeking their first NCAA Indoor berth.

Joining the throwers at Don Kirby will be Jessica BarreiraDerrick Monroe and the ASU jumps crew that has been shuffling the record book all season.

Down south on the SECNetwork+, Nia BrownJosephine Anokye and the women’s sprinters will look to continue to drop their times on the fastest track in the country.

Freshman Austin Kratz is the only Sun Devil man to lead the team in two events as he has the fastest 60 and 200-meter times in 2019. He’ll get a second opportunity on a banked track down in Fayetteville, as well as a chance to race against some of the fastest men in the country.

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Boys Varsity Track · Austin Kratz Brings Home Gold For Team USA

Austin Kratz is a U20 gold medalist!

Austin Kratz, 2018 graduate of Dock Mennonite Academy and future Arizona State sprinter had an amazing opportunity to represent Team USA by running the 3rd leg of the 4×100 m relay in Tampere, Finland at the IAAF U20 World Championships July 10-15, 2018

Team USA took first in the 4×100 meter relay. They ran a world lead 38.88 seconds. So amazing and such an incredible accomplishment.

Photo Credit: Keith A Garland Sr.


4x100M Relay Team

See below for some recent articles, posts, and pictures wrapping up the 2018 World U20 Championships

Talented Team USATF roster set for 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships

Finland-Bound: 8 Pennsylvanians Set For U20 Worlds

Kratz Is Golden In Tampere –

Relay men strike gold for Team USATF on six-medal day

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World U20 Records:  Click HERE

IAAF World Championships: Tampere, Finland July 10-15, 2018



Boys Varsity Track · Austin Kratz 1 of 8 PA Athletes Finland-Bound

Finland-Bound: 8 Pennsylvanians Set For U20 Worlds


Jul 7, 2018

The Keystone State is headed overseas.

An incredibly strong contingent of Pennsylvania high schoolers and alums will be headed to Tampere, Finland to compete in the IAAF World U20 Championships from July 10-15. Seven of which will be representing the United States, while one — Ayden Owens — will compete for Puerto Rico.

Full IAAF World U20 Championships Entries

Here’s a rundown of the eight Pennsylvanians that will compete for world titles in Europe:

Chanel Brissett (Cheltenham ’17; U. of Southern California ’21) – 100m Hurdles

Brissett took third in the 100-meter hurdle final — a loaded final at that — but still earned a spot on Team USA for U20s. Brissett ran a PR of 12.75 in the 100-meter hurdles to win the Pac-12 title this past spring and is much stronger than her high school days at Cheltenham.

She has plenty of big meet experience in her career, including the U.S. Olympic Trials as a high school junior, so Brissett should certainly be looked at as one of the top bets for gold, along with her fellow USA contingent in the high hurdles. Brissett, based on season bests, is the top seed.

Thelma Davies (Girard College ’19) – 4x100m Relay

The only Pennsylvania athlete yet to graduate from high school got herself in the relay pool after a state record-setting performance of 11.42 in the finals of the 100 meters (where he was also the lone high schooler in the field). The next day, Davies also took down her own 200 meter state record, running 23.10 in the prelims.

Hitting her stride at the right time, Davies would certainly be a welcome addition to any 4×100-meter relay squad.

Maura Fiamoncini (Mount Carmel Area ’17; Bucknell U. ’21) – Javelin Throw

The two-time AA state champion in the javelin has improved a great deal since she started at Bucknell University this year. Fiamoncini tossed a best of 184-05, the second best throw ever by an American junior (U20). She placed 13th at the NCAA Championships. She enters as the fourth seed and could certainly compete for the win.

Kyle Garland (Germantown Academy ’18; U. of Georgia ’22) – Decathlon

Garland rolled to the title at USATF Junior, scoring a career best of 7,562 points, and will be representing the U.S. for the second time. He was second at Pan-Ams last year. He’s seeded sixth in a strong field, which is led by Stepan Kekin, who is Russian, but will be competing as a neutral athlete.

Garland put together a very consistent effort in the decathlon in Indiana where he won the US Junior championship. He’s no stranger to the big stage and should compete well in Finland.

Josh Hoey (Bishop Shanahan ’18; U. of Oregon ’22) – 800m

Hoey is seeded 12th for Finland, based on outdoor season bests, though if you use his indoor best (and HS national record) of 1:47.67, he would be seeded sixth. Ethiopian Tadese Lemi and Kenyans Solomon Lekuta and Ngeno Kipngetich have season bests under 1:47 and will likely be considered the favorites.

Hoey has spent this past spring competing against professionals, so he’s used to fast paces. He’s run 1:48 three times this season and will be looking to capping off his high school career with his best race yet.

Austin Kratz (Dock Mennonite ’18; Arizona State U. ’22) – 200m; 4x100m Relay

It’s been a magical year for Kratz, who has racked up plenty of wins and huge PRs throughout his senior year of high school. After placing third at USATF Juniors, Kratz was still invited to World Juniors, where he’ll be a major factor. He’s seeded seventh using his season best of 20.74 from April’s Arcadia Invitational.

He battled well in the 200 meter final with Eric Harrison and Khance Meyers and should be able to do the same with some international talent sprinkled in. Kratz is also in the relay pool for the 4×100-meter relay. Remember that he provided a critical anchor leg on Dock’s AA state champion 4×1 squad.

Ayden Owens (North Allegheny ’18; U. of Southern California ’22) – Decathlon

Owens didn’t compete at USATF Juniors because of his graduation from North Allegheny, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see the multis specialist in action in Finland. Owens will be representing Puerto Rico, not the USA, the birthplace of his mother’s parents. Owens qualified after scoring 7,354 points in the decathlon at a meet in New Jersey a few weeks ago.

This will also be the first time we’ll see Owens square off with Garland in a decathlon. The pair, who share the same birthday, have competing against each other in the pentathlon, but never the ten-event decathlon.

Madison Wiltrout (Connellsville ’17; U. of North Carolina ’21) – Javelin Throw

The high school national record holder didn’t compete during her first year of college…until USATF Juniors. Wiltrout proved the time away from competition didn’t faze her much. She finished up a terrific series in Indiana with a best of 173-05 to take third. She was still invited to the meet and she’ll enter Finland as the 14th seed and could definitely be looked at as a threat to the top spot.

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Boys Varsity Track · Austin Kratz To Represent Team USA At 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships July 10-15 In Finland

Austin Kratz, Dock Mennonite Academy, dominated league, district, and even state competition his 4 years of high school but just after graduation he stepped on his largest stage at USA Track and Field Junior National Championships where he posted very impressive times in the 100m and 200m sprints, those times helped him qualify to represent Team USA 4 x 100m Relay in World Championships in Tampere, Finland July 10-15, 2018!!!! Congratulations Austin on all the success and the opportunity to represent yourself and your country in the biggest stage!

Entries are set for Finland.
Austin Kratz made the 4x100m relay pool. So exciting. Let’s go Team USA!

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Talented Team USATF roster set for 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships


INDIANAPOLIS — Today USATF announced its roster set for the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships with 79 athletes from 24 states representing the red, white and blue at Tampere Stadium, July 10-15 in Tampere, Finland.

Highlighting Team USATF are junior athletes coming off stellar performances at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships held June 15-17 in Bloomington, Indiana.

High school junior, Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek, OH/Southwest Ohio TC) took down the high school and two-year-old American junior record (pending) in the 10,000m race walk clocking a time of 49:07.52 to make Team USATF.

Making her third U.S. junior national team, UCLA’s Alyssa Wilson (Jackson, NJ/) became the first junior woman to qualify for Team USATF in three throwing events for a single championship event. Over the course of three record setting days, Wilson won the shot put (16.80m/55-1.5) and hammer throw (66.33m/217-7) and placed second in the discuss (53.84m/176-) at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. Wilson has competed for Team USATF twice in the shot put but this marks her first time competing in the discus and hammer throw.

University of Florida freshman Cory Poole (Gainesville, FL/USATF Florida) became just the third junior male in USATF history to win both the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles in a single championship event. He joined Kenneth Ferguson (2003) and Jeffery Jackson (1993) in accomplishing the USATF Junior hurdle double. Poole’s clocked 49.71 in the 400m hurdles and a personal best of 13.34 in the 110m hurdles.

Ohio State’s Eric Harrison (Washington, D.C./Team Accelerate Maryland) won the 200m comfortably with a time of 20.44 after taking silver in the 100m in 10.26 in Bloomington. Harrison is scheduled to compete in 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Tampere.

Georgia’s Tara Davis (Agoura Hills, CA/Plyometric Fusion) dominated in the women’s long jump, finishing with a personal best and a junior world-leading jump of 6.71m/22-0.25 at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships to earn a spot on Team USATF. The second place finisher in the long jump, Jasmine Moore (Grand Prairie, TX/ North Texas Cheetahs) made the team with a personal best jump of 6.39m/21-11.75.

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Fans can watch the IAAF World U20 Championships on NBC Sports Gold.

Join the conversation with USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #IAAFworlds and #TeamUSATF.

Team USATF Men’s Roster

First Last Event City State School Association/Club
Anthony Schwartz 100m Miami FL American Heritage HS USATF Florida/Teon Elite Track Club
Eric Harrison Jr 100m Waldold MD Ohio State USATF Potomac Valley/Team Accelerate Maryland
Eric Harrison Jr 200m Waldold MD Ohio State USATF Potomac Valley/Team Accelerate Maryland
Khance Meyers 200m Grand Rapids MI Hinds Community College USATF Michigan/Maximum Output T/C
Howard Fields 400m Fresno TX Baylor University USATF Gulf
Umajesty Williams 400m Tucson AZ University of Arizona USATF Arizona
Josh Hoey 800m Downingtown PA Bishop Shanahan HS USATF Mid-Atlantic
Rey Rivera III 800m Old Bridge NJ Georgetown University USATF New Jersey
Yared Nuguse 1500m Louisville KY Notre Dame USATF Kentucky
Cooper Teare 1500m Alameda CA University of Oregon USATF Pacific/Castro Valley Track Club
Cooper Teare 5000m Alameda CA University of Oregon USATF Pacific/Castro Valley Track Club
Soren Knudsen 5000m Flagstaff AZ Northern Arizona University USATF Arizona
Will Merritt 10000m Smithsburg MD Mt. St. Mary’s USATF Potomac Valley
Hunter Boyer 3000m steeple Lowell IN Air Force USATF Colorado
Cory Poole 110m Hurdles Gainesville FL University of Florida USATF Florida
Joseph Anderson 110m Hurdles Rancho Cucamonga CA University of Oregon USATF Southern California/California Rising Stars Track Club
Cory Poole 400m Hurdles Gainesville FL University of Florida USATF Florida
Quivell Jordan 400m Hurdles Houston TX Houston USATF Gulf
JuVaughn Blake High Jump Baton Rouge LA LSU USATF Southern
Daniel Claxton High Jump Nesconset NY UCONN USATF Long Island
Zachery Bradford Pole Vault Bloomington IL Bloomington HS USATF Illinois/Flying Dragons Pole Vault Club
Cole Riddle Pole Vault Surprise AZ Arizona State University USATF Arizona
JuVaughn Blake Long Jump Baton Rouge LA LSU USATF Southern
Rayvon Allen Long Jump St. Louis MO Wichita State USATF Ozark
Christian Edwards Triple Jump Tuscaloosa AL University of Alabama USATF Alabama
Gabriel Oladipo Jr Discus Throw College Station TX Texas A&M USATF Southern
Elijah Mason Discus Throw Casa Grande AZ University of Washington USATF Arizona/Arizona Elite Track & Field
Michael Feldman Hammer Throw Staten Island NY University of Pennsylvania USATF New York
Steven Feldman Hammer Throw Staten Island NY University of Pennsylvania USATF New York
Taran Taylor Javelin Arkansas City KS Wichita State USATF Missouri Valley
Tzuriel Pedigo Javelin Baton Rouge LA Parkview Baptist HS USATF Southern
Adrian Piperi Shot Put Spring TX University of Texas USATF Gulf
Jordan West Shot Put Rahway NJ University of Tennessee USATF New Jersey
Kyle Garland Decathlon Philadelphia PA Germantown Academy USATF Mid-Atlantic
Anthony Schwartz 4x100m Miami FL American Heritage HS USATF Florida/Teon Elite Track Club
Eric Harrison Jr 4x100m Waldold MD Ohio State University USATF Potomac Valley/Team Accelerate Maryland
Relay Pool
Khance Meyers 4x100m Grand Rapids MI Hinds Community College USATF Michigan/Maximum Output T/C
Micah Williams 4x100m Portland OR Benson HS USATF Oregon
Austin Kratz 4x100m Telford PA Dock Mennonite Academy USATF Mid-Atlantic/MAVERIC Athletics Track Club
Jared Hayes 4x100m Buford GA Troy University USATF Georgia
Howard Fields 4x400m Fresno TX University of Baylor USATF Gulf
Umajesty Williams 4x400m Tucson AZ University of Arizona USATF Arizona
Elija Godwin 4x400m Covington GA Georgia USATF Georgia
Justin Robinson 4x400m St. Louis MO Hazelwood West HS USATF Ozark/Gateway City United Athletics Club
Nicholas Ramey 4x400m Snellville GA Brookwood HS USATF Georgia
Matthew Boling 4x400m Houston TX Strake Jesuit HS USATF Gulf


Team USATF Women’s Roster

First Last Event City State School Association/Club
Daija Lampkin 100m Tuscaloosa AL University of Alabama USATF Alabama
Twanisha Terry 100m Miami FL USC USATF Florida/Metro-Dade Track Club
Tia Jones 100m Hurdles Marietta GA George Walton Comp HS USATF Georgia/Full Throttle Elite
Cortney Jones 100m Hurdles Conyers GA Florida State USATF Georgia
Taylor Ewert 10K Race Walk Beavercreek OH Southwest Ohio TC USATF Ohio/Southwest Ohio TC
Lauren Harris 10K Race Walk Holtsville NY Marist College USATF Long Island/Walk USA
Caitlin Collier 1500m Jacksonville FL Bolles HS USATF Florida
Rachel McArthur 1500m Bristow VA Villanova USATF Virginia
Jayla Kirkland 200m Tallahassee FL Florida State University USATF Florida
Lauren Williams 200m Lakewood CA University of Oregon USATF Southern California/WCSTC (West Coast Speed Track Club)
Cailie Logue 3000m Erie KS Iowa State USATF Missouri Valley
Amanda Vestri 3000m Webster NY Iowa State USATF Niagra/Ridge Runners TXC
Kristlin Gear 3000m Steeple Fort Myers FL Furman USATF Florida
Alice Hill 3000m Steeple Ann Arbor MI Michigan USATF Michigan/Ann Arbor Youth Track Club for Women
Taylor Manson 400m Gainsville FL University of Florida USATF Florida
Symone Mason 400m Miami FL University of Miami USATF Florida/South Dade Express Track Club
Brooke Jaworski 400m Hurdles Athens WI Wausau West HS USATF Wisconsin
Jurnee Woodward 400m Hurdles Vacaville CA LSU USATF Pacific
Cailie Logue 5000m Erie KS Iowa State USATF Missouri Valley
Emily Venters 5000m Lawrence KS Boise State USATF Missouri Valley
Caitlin Collier 800m Jacksonville FL Bolles HS USATF Florida
Samantha Watson 800m College Station TX Texas A&M USATF Gulf
Obiageri Amaechi Discus Throw San Francisco CA Princeton University USATF Pacific
Alyssa Wilson Discus Throw Howell NJ UCLA USATF New Jersey/Worlds Longest Throw Club-NJ
Jillian Shippee Hammer Throw Waterford NY North Carolina USATF Adirondack
Alyssa Wilson Hammer Throw Howell NJ UCLA USATF New Jersey/Worlds Longest Throw Club-NJ
Anna Hall Heptathlon Greenwood Village CO Valor Christian HS USATF Colorado/FK Elite
Sterling Lester Heptathlon Kennesaw GA Marietta HS USATF Georgia
Sanaa Barnes High Jump Keller TX Villanova USATF Southwestern
Shelby Tyler High Jump Noblesville IN Noblesville HS USATF Indiana
Dana Baker Javelin Olathe KS Olathe North HS USATF Missouri Valley
Maura Fiamoncini Javelin Mount Carmel PA Bucknell USATF Mid-Atlantic
Tara Davis Long Jump Agoura Hills CA University of Georgia USATF Southern California/Plyometric Fusion
Jasmine Moore Long Jump Grand Prairie TX North Texas USATF Southwestern/North Texas Cheetahs Track Club
Rachel Baxter Pole Vault Orange XA VIrginia Tech USATF Southern California/Victory Athletics
Julia Fixsen Pole Vault Shoreview MN Mounds View HS USATF Minnesota/Fleigle’s Flyers
Lindsay Baker Shot Put East Liverpool OH Ashland USATF Lake Erie
Alyssa Wilson Shot Put Howell NJ UCLA USATF New Jersey/Worlds Longest Throw Club-NJ
Lexi Ellis Triple Jump Tacoma WA University of Oregon USATF Pacific Northwest/Flying AJS Track Club
Jasmine Moore Triple Jump Grand Prairie TX North Texas USATF Southwestern/North Texas Cheetahs Track Club
Relay Pool
Tamara Clark 4x100m Tuscaloosa AL University of Alabama USATF Alabama
Thelma Davies 4x100m Darby PA Girard College USATF Mid-Atlantic/Athletic Development Group
Jayla Kirkland 4x100m Tallahassee FL Florida State University USATF Florida
Daija Lampkin 4x100m Tuscaloosa AL University of Alabama USATF Alabama
Jasmin Reed 4x100m Carson CA University of Oregon USATF Southern California
Twanisha Terry 4x100m Miami FL USC USATF Florida/Metro-Dade Track Club
Shae Anderson 4x400m Norco CA University of Oregon USATF Southern California/Code Black Elite
Jan’Taijah Ford 4x400m Pompano Beach FL Northeast HS USATF Florida
Julia Madubuike 4x400m College Station TX Texas A&M USATF Gulf
Taylor Manson 4x400m Gainesville FL University of Florida USATF Florida
Symone Mason 4x400m Miami FL University of Miami USATF Florida/South Dade Express Track Club
Arria Minor 4x400m Denver CO Denver East HS USATF Colorado/Denver Lightning Track

News · Dock T&F Alumni Have Good Showing During EMU Indoor Season

Medals Earned, Awards Given, And Records Broken By Royals

The Royals picked up a total of 12 All-ODAC honors, with either an individual or relay team finishing in a top-three spot.

The men’s 4x400m relay team of Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook), Josh Bishop (Louisa, Va./Louisa County), Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Dock Mennonite Academy) and Hunter Sampson (Salem, Va./Salem) dominated the meet’s final race, taking first place with a time of 3:22.09. Sampson ran a smoking 48.73 on the final leg as the team was more than five seconds ahead of second place. The foursome missed the meet record by a mere 0.13.

Senior Alec Thibodeaux (Mount Sidney, Va./Fort Defiance) showed his fine return to form after an injury midway through the cross country season last fall, winning the 3000m and setting a meet record in the process. Thibodeaux was in firm control in claiming the gold in a time of 8:40.89, four seconds better than the meet record and nearly nine seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in the race. Jared Nisly (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) grabbed the final point in the event, taking eighth with a PR time of 9:00.46.

Earlier in the day, Thibodeaux took third in the 5000m and broke his own EMU record. He made up time over the final laps and crossed the finish in 15:23.83, just better than his 2016 time of 15:25.53.

Denlinger started out in second in the 800m and never let go of the spot. He made up a little time on the winner, VWC’s Trey White, and took home the silver with a season-best time of 1:56.86, just 0.30 behind White.

He had the same late effort in the mile to earn a second All-ODAC Second Team spot. Denlinger ran a blazing final split of 30.79, nearly catching W&L’s Ian McDonald. Denlinger broke the school record in 4:19.08 (Thibodeaux – 4:19.13), while McDonald held on in 4:18.64. Both men broke the meet record of 4:19.21.

Isaac Bryan, Director of Cross Country and Track & Field, said his two All-ODAC seniors are going out with a great final season.

“Alec ran a fantastic race,” said Bryan. “It was great to see him come back and win the race after a hard effort in the 5k. Tyler had a full day and ran his best times of the season. I’m very happy with how he competed.”

The men’s 400m had a thrilling finish, with Eastern Mennonite claiming second and third place. Sampson earned All-ODAC Second Team honors by finishing runner-up in 50.26. Faint was just off his teammate’s back, taking third in 50.45.

Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) set his PR in each of his events on Sunday, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the triple jump for All-ODAC Second Team status. He already had his PR with a jump of 13.65 on this third effort, then topped it to jump into second at 14.01m (45ft 11.75in). Then in the long jump, Amoateng cleared his previous best by a foot, taking third place with a distance of 6.87m (22ft 6.50in).

Nuriddin Abdus-Salaam (Charlotte Court House, Va./Randolph Henry) ran a 7.09 in the prelims of 60m, and maintained his spot in third in the finals, clocking at 7.10. The 7.09 was a PR for the sophomore, breaking his own EMU record, as he claimed All-ODAC Third Team honors.

The men put three athletes into the top eight in the 60m hurdles. Josh Wolfe (Quakertown, Pa./Dock Mennonite Academy) was second overall in the prelims with a time of 8.57 seconds, and settled back at fourth in the finals in 8.64. Austin Hart (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) took sixth in 8.70 while freshman Darious Stover (Fort Carson, Colo./Mesa Ridge) was eighth in 8.83.

The distance medley relay team of Abrham Amine (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg), Diego Avila-Tejada (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg), Robert Cook (Lexington, Va./Parry McCluer) and Nisly finished sixth in a time of 10:58.61.

The Royals racked up 89 points, claiming third place out of nine teams. EMU was eight points ahead of Lynchburg in fourth. The Hornets were ranked seventh in the most recent regional rankings.

The women had a few shining performances.

In the triple jump, junior Oksana Kittrell (Bedford, Va./Liberty) had a handful of her best collegiate jumps, including her PR of 10.98m (36ft 0.25in) to grab second for All-ODAC Second Team honors. In the long jump, Kittrell took fourth by hitting a big PR jump of 5.33m (17ft 6in). She broke Wendy Driver’s 2004 school record of 5.26m (17ft 3in).

Head Track & Field Coach Brian Simpson said his jumpers were at the top of their game.

“Grant and Oksana set the tone early by opening up with strong and consistent jumps throughout their performances,” he explained. “I and their jumps coach Michael Allen emphasized consistently running fast down the runway on each jump. Their speed, along with proper technique, placed them on the medal stand this year.”

Tajah Miller (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) ran a 7.98 in the prelims and the finals of the 60m, taking fourth at the meet. The sophomore sets the new EMU record for the event.

Freshman Hannah Nichols (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) earned a pair of fourth-place finishes. She broke her PR in the mile by nearly seven seconds, crossing the finish in 5:09.58. In the 800m, she fought back from a tough start to clock a time of 2:20.40. Nichols passed a pair of runners over the final 200m.

In the DMR, Emma Hoover (New Carlisle, Ohio/Tecumseh), Abigail Shelly (Collinsville, Va./West Lauderdale), Elizabeth Reist (Lancaster, Pa./J.P. McCaskey) and Megan Good (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) took sixth with a combined time of 14:17.18.

Rachel Sturm (Denton, Md./North Caroline) tied for eighth in the pole vault, clearing the height of 2.67m (8ft 9in).

The women totaled 31.5 points to finish seventh as a team.

“I am extremely happy with the overall performance of the team,” said Simpson. “The jumps, sprints, and hurdlers stepped up in a big way. We are in a great position as we transition into the outdoor season. Finishing third overall on the men’s side despite having a thin team gives me a lot to be proud of.”

Major Awards
Eastern Mennonite’s Tyler Denlinger repeats his award as ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Scholar-Athlete. This is Denlinger’s fourth Scholar-Athlete award after winning it each of the past two indoor seasons, along with last spring’s outdoor season. He is now an eight-time All-ODAC honoree who holds a 3.97 GPA as a biology (pre-med) major.

News · Denlinger (’13): 3x Scholar Athlete / 5x All-ODAC Honoree

Eastern Mennonite’s track and field teams finished up the main part of their season this weekend, participating in the ODAC Championships in Lynchburg, Va. The men and the women each took home a pair of individual winners, while an EMU record and meet record were also toppled…

Two men earned points in the 800m, headlined by Alec Thibodeaux (Mount Sidney, Va./Fort Defiance) earned the bronze for All-ODAC Third Team laurels. He finished in 1:56.24 for his best time of the season. Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock) wasn’t far behind, crossing in 1:57.04 for sixth place…

The duo flipped positions earlier in the day in the 1500m, with Denlinger taking silver and All-ODAC Second Team recognition with a finish in 3:57.04. It set a new PR by less than a second. Thibodeaux then crossed fourth in 3:58.72, also setting his PR but by just more than a second…

Both relay teams had one of the top finishes in EMU history. The 4x400m relay squad of Faint, Hunter Sampson (Salem, Va./Salem), Denlinger and Bush earned second place and All-ODOAC Second Team status with a finish of 3:20.48. Then in the 4x100m, Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot), Robinson, Justin Bradley (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) and Nuriddin Abdus-Salaam (Charlotte Court House, Va./Randolph Henry) claimed fourth place in 43.28 seconds.

Major Awards
Eastern Mennonite swept the ODAC’s academic awards, as Tyler Denlinger and Hannah Chappell-Dick each repeated awards as ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Scholar-Athletes. For Denlinger, this is the junior’s third Scholar-Athlete award after winning it each of the past two indoor seasons. He is five-time All-ODAC honoree who holds a 3.98 GPA as a biology (pre-med) major. Chappell-Dick, meanwhile, wins her sixth consecutive Scholar-Athlete title, winning each of the cross country, indoor and outdoor titles from her junior and senior seasons. She carries a 3.84 GPA as a biology major and is a four-time All-American.

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News · ODAC Names Tyler Denlinger (’13) Track Athlete Of The Week

Middle distance runner Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock) has been tabbed as the ODAC Track Athlete of the Week. A four-time All-ODAC performer, this is the first weekly award for Denlinger.

Eastern Mennonite’s junior put together a pair of strong runs at the W&L Carnival last weekend, taking over the top spot in the ODAC in both events.  He finished second in the 1,500m run at 4:02.34, and then added an eighth place finish in the 800m run in 1:58.72.  His 1500m time is faster than the second-best ODAC athlete by more than five seconds.

Denlinger has been All-ODAC Third Team three different times in the indoor and outdoor 800m, and earned a similar award with a 4x400m relay team. He also has been voted the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Scholar-Athlete for each of the past two indoor seasons.

With this Thursday’s Jopson Invitational being cancelled, the next meet for the EMU track & field teams is Friday and Saturday at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.

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