By Stephen Hauser
The Colonels gave their home crowd a dominating performance, winning 13 events at the EKU Open despite the weather conditions and the problems with the time-keeping system.”The timing system was a mess because some of the coaches wanted to run with the wind and some did not, which caused a problem,” Coach Rick Erdmann said. “We really needed more helpers.”
The men’s team got victories from the sprinters, distance runners and by the field events.
In the first race of the day, junior David Mutuse won the 5,000-meter run with the time of 14 minutes and 55 seconds. Teammate Joseph Maina, senior, finished in second place with the time of 14 minutes and 59 seconds.
Freshman Soufiane Bouchikhi used the 1,500-meter run as preparation for the Penn Relays. Bouchikhi won the 1,500-meter run with the time of three minutes and 56 seconds.
Chris Rengifo, senior, finished third in the 800-meter run with the time of one minute and 54 seconds.
The sprinters achieved victory in individual races and also in relays.
Steven Nicholson, senior, came in fourth place in the 110-meter hurdles with the time of 15.54 seconds. Nicholson placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.86 seconds. Nicholson won the triple jump with the leap of 44 feet three inches.
Kris Hawkins, junior, ran a season-best in his victory in the 400-meter dash with the time of 48.0 seconds.
“I felt really good with my performance,” Hawkins said. “I made an improvement on my time, which is good going into conference.”
Hawkins also ran in the 200-meter dash, however the time was not recorded because of an error in the timing system.
Senior Westley Williams, William Hogan, sophomore and freshmen Anthony Eason and Chris Colvin won the 4×400 meter relay with the time of three minutes and 35 seconds.
The Lady Colonels also had strong performances overall.
Sylvia Bundotich, junior, won the 5,000-meter run with the time of 17 minutes and 57 seconds. Teammates Maria Doerger, senior, and Danielle Mason, sophomore, finished in third and fourth in the 5,000-meter run.
Jackline Barkechir, sophomore, finished in second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with the time of 12 minutes and 17 seconds.
Bundotich, Lydia Kosgei, junior, and Mason finished in the second, third, and fourth in the 1,500-meter run. Bundotich’s time was four minutes and 43 seconds, Kosgei’s time was four minutes and 44 seconds, and Mason’s time was four minutes and 48 seconds.
Kosegei finished in second place in the 800-meter dash with the time of two minutes and 21 seconds.
The Lady Colonels sprinters had a very strong showing in the relays and even swept some of the individual races.
Jasymn Norris, junior, placed second in the 100-meter dash with the time of 12.91 seconds. Teammates Diamond Benjamin, sophomore, Tashana Johnson, junior, Lutisha Bowen, sophomore, and DanHeisha Harding, freshmen, times were not recorded due to the problem with the timing system.
The women swept the top three places in the 200-meter dash. Jazzmin Jeter, freshman, won the event with the time of 25.11 seconds. Bianca Forbes, freshman, finished in second place with the time of 25.16 seconds.
Forbes competed and won the 400-meter dash with the time of 55.14 seconds. Forbes was also one of the members of the 4×400 meter relay team, which won the event. The other members of the team were Jeter, Harding and senior Abigail Love.
The women sprinters swept the top four places in the 100-meter hurdles. Bowen won the even with the time of 14.06 seconds. Harding finished in second place with the time of 14.34 seconds. Johnson finished in third place with the time of 14.75 seconds. Norris finished in fourth place with the time of 14.84 seconds.
Norris and Harding placed third and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles. Norris’s time was one minute and 6.82 seconds and Harding’s time was one minute and 6.94 seconds.
The 4×100 relay team of Bowen, Harding, Jeter, and Benjamin won the event with the time of 46.47 seconds.
Shannon Hooper, freshmen, for the third straight week won the discus throw, her throw was 131 feet three inches.
Some runners will compete in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, which will take place on April 22 through April 24.
The rest of the team will train and prepare for the OVC Outdoor Championships on April 30 and May 1 in Cookeville, Tenn.