By Brandon Roberts and Megan Hansen/Staff Writers
Eastern’s Cynita Hoskins turned in a time of 13.82 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the University of Louisville Open. This time qualified her for the NCAA Regional.Hoskins joins fellow Colonel Chris Franklin as a NCAA qualifier.
Courtney Engle was victorious in the 1,500-meter run with an overall time of 4:42.19, and Shannon Tobias earned a third-place finish with her time of 2:16.76 in the 800-meter run.
Wendee Embry’s time of 11:05.83 was just barely out of qualifying her for the NCAA Regional as well.
The ladies also turned in a respectable showing in the field events. A highlight of the Eastern team was Turner’s leap of 18 feet, 2 1/4 inches earning her a second-place finish in the long jump. Jones placed 21st in the long jump with a distance of 15-09.75. Jones also placed fourth in the high jump with a distance of 5-04.25.
Some highlights for the men at the meet were Steve Gannon’s fifth-place finish in the 100-meters and his third-place finish in the 200-meters. Daniel Kor was fifth in the 1,500 meters with a respectable time of 4:00.01
Mike Halliwell placed in the top 15 in two events for the Colonels, finishing 12th in the 400-meters and 15th in the 100.
The field events proved rather good for Eastern. A long-jump distance of 21.05.50 was good enough to place Jon Walker in the seventh position and Elijah Rader’s shotput distance of 42-08.75 put him in 14th place.
“I thought overall we had some good performances,” Track coach Rick Erdmann said. “Some athletes performed well, but we had some disappointments.”
The Eastern track team will travel to Birmingham, Ala., On May 7-8 for the Ohio Valley conference Track and Field Championships.