By TREY BAKER
The Eastern Track and Field team came home with four gold medals after competing in the Thundering Herd Invitational at the Jeff Small Track at the Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington, W. Va.
The men’s team finished with 85 points, securing a third place finish out of 12 teams. The women’s team finished 10th out of 16 teams with 23 points.
Sophomore Tom Koringo won both the men’s mile and the 800 meter. Koringo beat teammate, Erick Rotich in the mile with a time of 4:13.67. Koringo finished the 800 meter race with record-time at Jeff Small Track of 1:53.10.
A crowd of Colonels led the men’s 3000 meter race. Junior Jaime Escriche led the field with a time of 8:17.39. Sophomore Jamaine Coleman finished second with a time of 8:22.59, junior Ambrose Maritim finished fourth with a time of 8:22.98, junior Luis Luna finished fifth with a time of 8:23.25, and freshman Timothy Asis finished sixth with a time of 8:28.97 to round off the Colonel scorers.
Junior Harry Earl won the men’s 5000 meter race finishing with a time of 14:42.24. Sophomore Ronald Korir finished second with a time of 14:42.34 and junior Luka Ndungu finished third with a time of 14:43.51.
Senior Adam Howard who placed seventh, jumping 22-1.5 in the men’s long jump, and junior Toby Howard finished eighth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.98.
For the women’s team, sophomore Charlotte Imer finished second the women’s 3000 meter race with a time of 9:56.92.
Senior Ashley Svec finished fifth in the women’s 5000 meter with a time of 17:28.64, sophomore Ciara Scott finished seventh in the women’s 5000 meter with a time of 17:55.72. Senior Alena Galetova finished seventh in the indoor pentathlon with 3,225 points followed by senior Ashley Woolum who finished eighth in the women’s pentathlon with a total of 3,217 points.
The track and field team will compete Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Middle Tennessee State Invitational.