The Eastern Mennonite track athletes were in Lynchburg Saturday for the Liberty Open Invitational.
Although the top finishes were dominated by D-I athletes, there were more D-III schools at this meet than last weekend’s meet hosted by the University of Maryland, giving the Royals a better chance to gauge their competition.
EMU junior Michael Allen was the top D-III finisher in the long jump.
EMU senior Samfee Doe was fourth among D-III runners in the 500m dash.
Junior Michael Allen (Fork Union, Va./Louisa Co.) highlighted EMU’s day. He was the top D-III finisher in the long jump with a distance of 6.47m, earning him 14th place. Allen also moved up to second place in the ODAC standings with the leap.
In the triple jump, Allen again took 14th overall and was in third among D-III athletes. His best distance of 12.96m moved him up to fourth in the ODAC ranks.
On the women’s side, Samfee Doe (Timonium, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) had the fourth best D-III time in the 500m dash, as she took 13th overall in 1:26.94.
Freshman Erica Garber (Canby, Or./Canby) moved into the ODAC’s sixth spot in the triple jump. Her best jump of 10.04m was 0.50m better than her jump the previous week.
Sophia Holmes (Berryville, Va./Clarke) tried her hand in the 1000m run and took 11th overall in 3:24.76. She was fifth among D-III runners.
The Royals now have a weekend off before heading to the Vince Brown Invitational in Newport News on Feb. 12.