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Hannah Chappell-Dick had a sterling start to her EMU cross country career, topping the field of 72 runners while the team took second overall at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Preview Meet, Saturday, Sept. 1. Photo by Wayne Gehman.

Cross Country Women Get A Gold Winner At ODAC Preview

The Eastern Mennonite cross country teams kicked off their 2012 season in fine fashion Friday, hosting the EMU Royals Invitational.  Freshman Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, OH/Bluffton) had a sterling start to her career, topping the field of 72 runners while the team took second overall.

Chappell-Dick was locked in a back-and-forth finish with Washington and Lee’s senior Lauren Schultz, with EMU’s rookie making the final pass to win by two seconds.  With her time of 24:53, Chappell-Dick not only won the ODAC Preview race, but also had EMU’s top time ever on the 6k course at Peakview.

Fellow freshman Jolee Paden (St. Joseph, IL/St. Joseph-Odgen) took sixth place with her time of 25:36.  She also tied for the third-best clocking by an EMU woman on the course.

A pack of three runners provided the Lady Royals’ final points.  Katie Eckman (Quarryville, PA/Solanco) was 14th in 26:33, followed by Chafin Brumfield (Harrisonburg, VA/Spotswood) in 26:38.  Lanae Kreider (Harrisonburg, VA/Broadway) was one more spot behind in 26:56, as the women took second out of nine teams with 52 points.  WLU grabbed the team crown with just 33 points.

Juni Schirch (Goshen, IN/Goshen) was 35th for EMU in 29:25.  Patty Danaher (Matoaca, VA/Matoaca) crossed in 29:39 and Hannah Clemmer (Harleysville, PA/Christopher Dock) clocked at 30:06.  Saralyn Mast (Gap, PA/Lancaster Mennonite) crossed in 31:25.

The Lady Royals next run at the Lebanon Valley College Invite next Saturday in Annville, PA.