- Letters to Editor
BY: MATTHEW CRUMP
A low-priority meet wraps up the indoor track season for Eastern’s track and field teams. The team competed in the Alex Wilson Invitational, which was hosted by Notre Dame March 1 and 2.
Coach Rick Erdmann said the team used the meet to help some runners try to improve records.
“We just took a few people who were after some personal bests coming off the conference meet,” Erdmann said.
The women’s team found the most success in the event; three runners topped their personal-best times.
Sophomore Ann Eason won the women’s 3,000 meters with a time of 9:24.78. The time was a personal- best for Eason, but it was about three seconds shy of beating Eastern’s school record. Freshman Viivi Rantanen also competed in the women’s 3,000 meters and finished eighth with a personal-best time of 9:50.21.
Freshman Tashuana Yapchung placed 16th in the women’s 400 meters race. Her time of 55.67 was a personal best.
Two runners on the Colonels’s men’s team found success.
Senior Soufiane Bouchikhi and junior Wade Meddles competed in the men’s 3,000 meters. Bouchikhi placed fifth with a time of 8:01.83, and Meddles placed sixth with a personal-best time of 8:03.05.
Erdmann said Bouchikhi was having some back issues, which is why Bouchikhi’s performance was not up to par with his usual efforts.
With the indoor season wrapping up, spring break coming and no runners competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships, Erdmann said the team will use the three weeks off to continue training and recover from injuries.
“I hate to go constantly all year round,” Erdmann said. “This’ll give them a little break from competition.”
The Colonels start the outdoor season March 29 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio.