Category: Track & Cross Country

Eason sets pace Colonels in return to track

Junior Ann Eason made a commanding return March 22 to the track after winning the women’s 3,000-meters at the Butler Bulldog Opener for Eastern’s track and field team. The event was Eastern’s first outdoor competition of the 2014 season.

Eason, who sat out for the indoor season and the last few months of last cross-country season due to an injury, won the women’s 3,000-meters race with a time of 9:44.73. Eason defeated a field of 34 runners.

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Former Colonel earns spot on US bobsled team for 2014 winter Olympic games

Dallas Robinson, Eastern alumnus and former sprinter for the track and field team, will be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as a member of the U.S. bobsled team.
Robinson won six OVC titles, broke school records and was named the 2005 OVC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year while at Eastern. After graduation, Robinson tried twice to train for the Olympics. After an injury took him out sprinting in 2008 and a rugby bid for 2012 didn’t pan out, Robinson will finally compete as a member of the U.S. bobsled team. Robinson became a bobsled athlete after a former student of his convinced him to join when a spot became open.

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Colonels fall to nationally ranked Kentucky, Tennessee in opening weekend

Tennessee brought two nationally ranked players to the match against Eastern on Jan. 18 and the Colonels could not bring them down.
“As a coach, you hope every player will compete hard and leave their hearts out on the court when it’s said and done, no matter the score,” Oertel said. “We competed very hard against Kentucky. We left our heart and souls out on the court. For whatever reason, against Tennessee, we didn’t.”
The match started with De la Llera and Alvaro facing the No. 1 doubles team in the country. No. 16 Hunter Reese and No. 34 Mikelis Libietis picked up their 50th doubles win after taking the match 6-2.
Asis and Saidi dropped the No. 2 doubles match 6-3. Graskamp and Maio played in the No. 3 doubles match, where both of the players they faced stood at 6 feet 5 inches or higher. The Colonels lost 6-1.

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Men’s Track and Field team returns three All-Americans for 2014

The indoor track and field season begins Jan. 17 for both of Eastern’s track and field teams. Many runners return from winter break after a successful cross-country season.
Head Coach Rick Erdmann said he is using the indoor season to train for the outdoor season. The Colonel’s first event, the University of Kentucky Invitational, is being used so Erdmann can gauge the fitness of the team and see what improvements came from training over break.
“I’ve got no expectations for UK,” he said. “We’re going to see who’s in shape.”

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Colonel runners place 15th at national championships

Eastern’s men’s cross-country team finished its Fall 2013 season after placing 15th at the NCAA Division I Championships on Nov. 23.

The Colonels went into the competition ranked No. 16 nationally after winning the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships.

Eastern finished with 380 points, defeating teams such as the University of North Carolina (17th/403) and Stanford University (19th/417). The Colonels were just four points behind the University of Texas (14th/376).

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Cross-country wins Regional for the first time ever

Eastern’s men’s cross-country team won the NCAA Southeast Regional for the first time in program history on Nov. 18. The Colonels defeated 34 other teams with powerful performances from Eastern’s top six runners.

As a team, the Colonels finished with 58 points after five runners placed in the top 20. The closest team to Eastern was the University of Virginia with 96 points. North Carolina State University (101), the University of North Carolina (137) and Virginia Tech (167) rounded out the top five teams.

“It’s a hard race to win,” head coach Rick Erdmann said. “Our guys ran pretty competitively. I’m pretty proud of them, actually.”

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Colonels crush OVC championships

Eastern’s cross-country teams won the OVC Cross Country Championships for the seventh time in the last eight years. Senior Soufiane Bouchikhi won the men’s event and junior Una Britton won the women’s event.

The men’s team flattened the competition, securing its 22nd overall and eighth consecutive OVC title in Morehead on Nov. 2. Eastern placed six runners in the top 10, with the top four spots secured by Colonels. Bouchikhi led the pack of 92 competitors.

Bouchikhi won the 8K event with a time of 24:14.06. No other runner came close. The win marks Bouchikhi’s fourth consecutive individual OVC title, making him the fourth Colonel to ever win four consecutive titles.

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Bouchikhi places fifth at Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, women’s team drops in regional poll

Eastern’s cross-country teams split up over the weekend with the men’s team competing in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational and the women’s team competing in the NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The men’s team finished 10th out of 35 teams with 332 points at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The Colonels, ranked No. 16, defeated No. 14 University of Texas and No. 12 Indiana University.

Senior Soufiane Bouchikhi was the highlight for the men’s team. Bouchikhi placed 5th out of 287 in the 8K race with a time of 23:27. He was just one second behind the fourth place finisher. Bouchikhi’s efforts have earned him his third Adidas Ohio Valley Conference Male Cross Country Runner of the Week honor this fall.

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Eason wins 5K, women’s team places third at Louisville event

Junior Ann Eason found success with Eastern’s women’s team at the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 5. Eason won the women’s 5K Gold race. The women’s team placed third overall and the men’s ‘B’ team finished eighth.

Eason was, once again, the highlight for the women’s team. She won the women’s 5K Gold race with a time of 16:51.39. She edged out her closest competitor, senior Cally Macumber from the University of Kentucky, by six seconds.

Macumber had topped Eason earlier this year at the Bluegrass Invitational.

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Bouchikhi wins 8K, women’s team bumps up regional ranking after event

Both cross-country teams found success at the University of Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational on Sept. 28. The men’s team finished second out of 13 and the women’s team finished third out of 14.

The men’s team finished with a score of 76 points. The Colonels were 18 points behind North Carolina, who won the event.

Bouchikhi dominated the men’s 8K race. He won with a time of 23:22.4.

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