By TREY BAKER
The Eastern men and women cross country teams competed in Virginia’s Panorama Farms Invitational this past weekend.
Neither the men nor the women teams were running with a full roster at the meet. The teams were able to compete and get a good feel for the course that they return to in November for the NCAA Southeast Region Championship.
The Eastern men had several key runners that did not run in the Panorama Farm Invitational including senior Amos Kosgey (injury), juniors Ambrose Maritim (rest) and Luis Luna (rest), sophomore Jakob Abrahamsen (injury), and freshman Erick Rotich (rest).
“We’re still trying to figure out who will be the top seven or eight runners,” said Eastern Head Coach Rick Erdmann. “We were wanting to get out there and get these guys familiar with the course.”
Out of 15 teams, the Eastern men finished sixth with 179 points. Last year’s OVC Freshman of the Year, Ronald Korir led the Colonels finishing the 8K with a time of 24:36.1. Korir finished the race 23rd out of 123 runners. Freshman Timothy Asis (36th, 24:55.6), sophomore Jamaine Coleman (38th, 25:00.6), junior Harry Earl (41st, 25:05.0) and junior Luka Ndungu (56th, 25:22.4) finished within the top-five Colonel runners. Senior Ben Turner also competed for the Colonels, finishing 60th with a time of 25:28.7.
“We still have to work toward getting a group of guys to finish the race together and we’re still getting guys healthy, so right now we just have to look at the positive,” said Erdmann.
Virginia, host of the Panorama Farms Invitational won the race with 41 points.
Like the men, the Eastern women also rested several runners including seniors Julie Mathisen, Anna Reddin, and Ashley Svec. Sophomore Charlotte Imer also did not compete.
Despite having several top runners out, the Eastern women were able to compete and finish in 10th place out of 15 teams.
Leading the way for the women Colonels was junior Ann Tum, who finished the 5K in 40th place with a time of 18:17.6. Sophomore Ciara Scott finished 42nd (18:23.8), junior Madison Zeitz finished 53rd (18:43.6), freshman Meggan Grams finished 65th (19:00.2), and freshman Leah Polycarpou who finished 70th (19:10.6), completed the top-five for the Eastern women.
Among others who competed, freshman Gladys Cheruiyot finished 84th with a time of 19:36.9 and sophomore Haley Yost finished 102nd with a time of 20:22.3.
Both the men and the women cross country teams will compete at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, October 3.