By Jason Finnell
For the second time in three weeks, Eastern’s men’s and women’s track team made the short trip up Interstate 75 for the University of Kentucky Invitational.The meet featured some of the top schools in the nation, including schools in the men’s and women’s national top 25: No. 2 Tennessee, No. 11 Florida, No. 21 Ohio State and No. 3 Texas A&M. Tennessee and Texas A&M highlighted the women’s side.
“Yeah, there’s a thing [poll] on the internet right now that ranks the top teams in the country and we’re 56th,” head coach Rick Erdmann said.
Erdmann added that the Colonels are at a disadvantage because of the lack of a place to train for throwers.
“We’re more track and not field,” Erdmann said.
Even so, the team scrambles to do well in these other events, the coach said.
Senior Katy Ankrom turned in the strongest performance of the day for the Colonels, posting a personal best time, Erdmann said, with a time of 4:49.14, placing sixth of a 36-person field.
“She just missed qualifying for the NCAA by one second,” Erdmann said.
Ankrom bested her previous time of this season by seven seconds.
Senior distance runner and 2007 Ohio Valley Conference Athlete of the Year Jacob Korir was not participating because of the flu.
Despite being without their top runner, Eastern did well through the Invitational.
Sophomore Elkana Kurgat came from the back to finish 11th of 37 runners on the field with a time of 4:12.79 in the mile and Junior Chris Rengifo turned in his best time of 4:14.46. Freshman David Willis crossed the finish line at 4:18.62.
Eastern travels to New York Feb. 8 and 9 to participate in the New Balance Indoor Games.