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After leaving a large state school as a Division I athlete, Dan Nafziger found his niche athletically and academically at EMU

A decade ago, Dan Nafziger never imagined he would be trying to convince anybody to come to Eastern Mennonite University as an enthusiastic admissions counselor. When Nafziger graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 2009, the track standout had othe ...More

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Chappell-Dick competes at NCAA national to close year

For the first time since 2002, EMU had a women’s runner at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships.  Sophomore Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) made her first-ever appearance at the national race, crossing in 23:35.2 on the 6k course in Hanover, Ind. There ...More

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Women take second at ODACs, highest finish since 2001

The key in any sport is to peak at the right time. For the Eastern Mennonite cross country women, getting healthy at just the right time is allowing them peak, as they landed four All-ODAC finishers and second place as a team at the ODAC Championships Saturday in Farmville, Va. The silver medal was the highest team finish since the Royals won the league championship in 2001. EMU w ...More

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PRs Fall As Royals Second D-III Team At Blue Ridge Open

The Royals keep getting better and better.  In the case of this Friday’s race at the Blue Ridge Open hosted by Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., the evidence wasn’t in the individual places, but in the times. Ten of Eastern Mennonite’s 11 cross country men set their personal records at the meet.  The Royals took 21st out of 28 teams in the gold race, but were in secon ...More

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Royals Set New High For ODAC All-Academic Team

Eastern Mennonite University set a new high for student-athletes named to the annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, as 80 Royals were honored.  Last year EMU landed 61 on the list. All of EMU’s ODAC-sponsored sports were represented on the All-Academic Team.  Men’s volleyball competes in the Continental Volleyball Conference and is not eligible for the ODAC tea ...More

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VaSID Recognizes Six Royals To Academic Team

Six EMU student-athletes have been honored by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), being named to the Academic All-State Team.  A total of 221 student-athletes, representing 37 schools in the state were recognized. Those honored from Eastern Mennonite were: Alli Eanes ...More

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EMU Cross Country Women Have Highest GPA in Country

In a year which saw the Eastern Mennonite cross country women surge to prominence on the course, they have also vaulted to recognition in the classroom.  The Lady Royals finished the 2012 semester with the highest cumulative team GPA in the nation at 3.76. EMU was named as an All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Ass ...More

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Athletics Department Announces Fall All-Academic Team

Eastern Mennonite University’s athletics department has named 90 student-athletes to its inaugural Royals All-Academic Team. Each of the honorees has achieved a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 at the end of the fall semester. The Royals all-academic team honors student-athletes who have successfully balanced the athletic and academic demands by achieving at le ...More

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Cross Country Women Take 4th At ODAC Championships

The Eastern Mennonite women’s cross country team took fourth place at Saturday’s ODAC Championships, running on their home course at Peak View Elementary in Penn Laird.  The Lady Royals vastly improved upon their preseason ranking of seventh in the league. Hannah Chappell-Dick ...More

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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 over ...More