By ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s track and field split up May 2 and 3 for another day of relays, bringing home five first place titles from the Kentucky Relays and personal bests from Payton Jordan Invitational. Senior Una Britton also went solo to the App State Outdoor Open in Boone, NC and ran 35:55.97 in the women’s 10,000 meters.
In Lexington, some events, including the women’s and men’s 5,000 meters, placed Colonels in both first and second place.
Senior Anna Reddin and sophomore Charlotte Imer were two Colonels to take first and second in the women’s 5,000 meters. Reddin ran a personal-best 17:16.85 for first while Imer finished just after Reddin with a time of 17:24.32.
The Colonels finished in meet-record time in the 5,000 meters race with a first place finish from senior Wade Meddles and a second place finish from fellow senior Sean Vandermosten. Meddles won the title with a time of 14:25.37 and Vandermosten followed in second with 14:35.72.
Meanwhile, freshmen stood out in the women’s and men’s 3,000 meters steeplechase. Freshman Ciara Scott won the women’s steeplechase with a time of 11:22.57 and fellow freshman Jamaine Coleman won the men’s steeplechase title with a time of 9:11.29.
Juniors Alana Galertova and Julie Mathisen and freshmen Carina Schrempf and Liz Marcineck also brought back second place finishes. Galertova threw an Eastern second-best javelin throw with a 138-4 toss while Mathisen ran a personal-best 2:07.68 in the women’s 800 meters.
Schrempf pulled through with Eastern’s third fastest women’s 400 meters time at 54.01 and Marcineck had a personal-best long jump leap of 18-6 for second place.
Payton Jordan Invitational
While part of the team competed in Kentucky, the rest of the team traveled to California on May 3 for another invitational where freshmen and senior Colonels stood out as well.
Senior Ole Hesselbjerg came in seventh against tough competition in the first heat of the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, improving on his previous 8:33.78 time to 8:33.22. Hesselbjerg entered the race ranked No. 2 in the NCAA.
Freshman Jakob Dybdal Abrahamsen won the third heat of the steeplechase with a time of 8:40.44, a five second improvement from his previous 8:45.13 time. Abrahamsen entered the race ranked No. 12 in the NCAA but his improved time could put him in the top-10.
Junior Amos Kosegy also competed for the Colonels and ran a 14:30.89 time in the men’s 5,000 meters.
Eastern will split up again May 15 and 16, between the Virginia Grand Prix and the Cardinal Twilight.