The EMU Track and Field program has been steady in dominating the ODAC and national stage to this point in the season.

With multiple athletes breaking personal and EMU school records, the team has set a high standard for the rest of the season.

Leading the way for the team, Junior Connor Faint has been steadily beating his own time in the 400-meter hurdles.

This past weekend at the Vert-Klasse Meeting at High Point University, Faint beat his personal best for the third straight week.

Though the event had mostly Division I and II athletes, Faint won with a time of 52.33 seconds.

Faint earned his second ODAC Athlete of the Week honor for his accomplishment.

The time also beat a 35-year standing record for the EMU program held previously by Burrell Fisher. The time is second best in the nation.

Also among the top performers for EMU, Sophomore Tajah Miller broke the record in the 100-meter dash for the women.

The previous record, held by Lorenda Abbott in 2000, was 12.21 seconds. Miller broke the record with a time of 12.20 seconds.

The time notched her at tenth at the meet. In Division III, she is ranked eighth in the nation. Miller also grabbed ODAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Aside from Faint and Miller, EMU is filled with other standouts. In various categories, the Royals are in the top five in standings.

Sophomore Nuriddin Abdus-Salaam currently stands at third in the ODAC in the 100-meter dash.

His time of 10.96 seconds puts him at the top of the leaderboards. Abdus-Salaam also holds fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.50 seconds.

With Faint holding the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles, two other EMU athletes hold spots in other distances. Junior Austin Hart stands at fourth in the ODAC in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.74 seconds.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Senior Jared Nisly notches in at third in the conference with an impressive time of 10:11.67.

Senior Tyler Denlinger is one of the top mid-distance runners in the ODAC. He is in second place in the 800-meter with a time of 1:55.42, less than a second behind first place Trey White of Virginia Wesleyan College with a time of 1:54.70.

Junior Steven Anhold placed fifth in the ODAC in the distance category, holding a 10,000-meter time of 34:15.27.

Sophomore Grant Amoateng is the leader of the ODAC in the triple jump. His distance of 14.24 meters is good for first place in the conference. He is also placed at fifth in the long jump with a distance of 6.51 meters.

Sophomore Emily Hostetler is currently slated at fifth in the conference for the pole vault, measuring in at 2.80 meters. Senior Oksana Kittrell has placed in both long jump and triple jump. She placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 5.32 meters and placed second in triple jump at 10.66 meters.

The Royals hope to continue breaking records at the Liberty Collegiate Invite in Lynchburg.

Jake Brown

Former Editor

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