ODAC names EMU’s Amoateng Athlete of the Week

Already a nationals participant at the end of his sophomore year, Eastern Mennonite jumper Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) is ready for more. And after a stellar start to his indoor season as a junior, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference selected Amoateng as the league’s Field Athlete of the Week.

At last weekend’s season-opening Bast-Cregger Invitational at Ronaoke College, Amoateng landed a PR in the long jump, and was the top D-III competitor in both the long and triple jumps. His 6.92m (22-8.5ft) in the long jump was his best (indoor or outdoor) and puts him No. 2 in EMU history, just 0.08m behind Michael Allen’s indoor record of 7.00m.

He then hit the sand at 13.86m (45-5.75ft) in the triple jump, the event he took to the NCAA National Championships last outdoor season. Amoateng is currently No. 9 in the nation in the long jump and No. 13 in the triple jump. He also ran a 7.35 in the 60m dash.

This is Amoateng’s second career weekly award from the ODAC, also winning once this past April.

EMU’s track & field teams are on a break before resuming action again after Christmas. Their next meet is Jan. 26-27 at the Finn Pincus Invitational in Salem.