Some of Eastern’s men’s cross-country team race down Wood Chip Trail in last Friday’s Marshall Relays. Eastern won the dual meet 17-46, and had four runners finish in the top five places.

By Chris McGee

Life may be full of uncertainties, but there are at least two things you can count on: the sun rising in the east and Coach Rick Erdmann’s cross country teams being at the top of the Ohio Valley Conference.

The teams began their quest of another winning season last Friday as they hosted the Marshall Relays on a sweltering summer day.

Both teams were victorious, with the men winning 17-46 and the women winning 15-49.

Although Erdmann was pleased with the victories, he said he had some concerns.

“I was a little bit disappointed in some of the runners because there were some who had a good year last year, but didn’t look to be in as good a physical shape [that day],” Erdmann said.

A senior on each team had the best time of the relays. David Mutuse ran a 14:31.90, while Lydia Kosgei recorded a time of 10:59.

Mutuse and Kosgei said they were both happy with their respective times in the Marshall relays.

Each one, however, has different personal goals for their last season on the team.

“I want to improve on my personal best time and help the team to do better and place high in the conference,” Mutuse said.

One of Lydia’s goals is to do something she hasn’t ever done before.

“I want to qualify for the NCAA; I’ve never been able to do that,” Kosgei said.

She added that a runner must place in the top 10 in the region in order to qualify.

Kosgei said she also has some physical goals.

“I want to work on my strength, conditioning and mileage in addition to staying motivated,” she said.

Fundamentals are the biggest problem areas Erdmann said he wants his teams to work on.

“I want the players who need to, to improve their physical conditioning, and for the teams to run closer together,” Erdmann said.

The women’s next meet is the Queen City Invitational on Sept. 9.

The men’s next contest is scheduled for Sept. 17 at the U.S. Naval Academy Invitational.