The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Cross Country coaches collectively predicted the EMU Women’s Cross Country team to finish seventh out of the 10 teams in the conference this season.
After just two meets, they are already shaking their heads in embarrassment at this vast miscalculation.
The women first surprised the ODAC in the EMU Royals Invitational, which was also the preview meet for the conference. In her first collegiate race, First-Year Hannah Chappell-Dick grabbed first place with a time of 24:53, which was also EMU’s fastest time ever on the 6-kilometer course at Peakview.
The other scoring finishers for the EMU women were First-year Jolee Paden, Sophomore Katie Eckman, Sophomore Chafin Brumfield, and Sophomore Lanae Kreider, finishing in sixth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth place, respectively. This team performance clinched second place; only Washington & Lee University scored better.
But the women were not done there. Last Saturday, the EMU women won the Dutchmen Cross Country Invitational hosted by Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Chappell-Dick, Paden, and Eckman all scored again for the Royals, with Senior Alli Eanes and Junior Krista Rittenhouse rounding out EMU’s top five. The women look to continue their dominance in their next race, another meet at Peakview on September 21.