A quartet of local athletes are making an impact on Eastern Mennonite University’s track and field program this season.
Freshman Coy Jimenez (Central ’18) won the 400-meter dash in a time of 54.15 in a dual meet against Salem last Saturday. It was EMU’s first home meet in 11 years.
EMU freshman Wade Banks (Stonewall Jackson ’18) won the 400 hurdles in a time of 59.74 and the 100 hurdles in a time of 16.49.
Sophomore Ania Summers (Sherando ’17) finished second in the 200 meters in 28.61 seconds and third in the 100 meters in a time of 13.59.
Freshman Cor’shauna Cunningham (Warren County ’18) had a big day for the Royals as well. She won the shot put (11.02 meters) and the discus (37.06 meters) and finished third in the hammer throw (25.85 meters).
In the Doc Jopson Invitational held at Bridgewater College on March 30, Banks placed third in the 110 hurdles (16.20) and seventh in the high jump (1.81 meters). He was also 10th in the shot put (10.30 meters), 10th in the discus (27.05 meters) and 12th in the 400 meters (54.40).
Summers placed seventh in the 100 meters (13.48). She was edged out by another local athlete — Bridgewater’s Destiny Neff (Stonewall Jackson ’18). Neff, a freshman, took sixth (13.28) in the event. Neff also took seventh in the 200 meters (27.18). Neff was also on Bridgewater’s winning 400 relay team (48.95).
Cunningham won the shot put (11.93 meters) and the discus (36.09 meters) at the meet.
EMU will send split squads to the WildCat Invitational in Lynchburg and the George Mason Spring Invitational held in Fairfax this weekend. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships will be held on April 20 in Lynchburg.
STRONG SHOWING: Jacob Smith (Strasburg ’15) has helped U.Va.-Wise’s golf team to back-to-back second place finishes.
U.Va.-Wise finished second in the Alice Lloyd Spring Invitational held in Richmond, Kentucky on March 30 and 31. The Cavaliers finished with a two-day score of 609, six shots behind team champion Indiana Kokomo. Smith shot a two-day total of 154, third-best on the squad.
The week before that, Smith led the Cavaliers in the Pioneer Classic held in Beverly, Ohio. U.Va.-Wise finished with a two-day total of 602. Ohio Valley College won the team event with a score of 573.
Smith, a senior, finished with a two-day total of 150, tied for eighth overall to lead the Cavaliers.