The Eastern Kentucky University men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Ohio Valley Conference Championships for the 12 time in the last 13 years on Saturday morning.
Redshirt freshman James Sugira, won the men’s individual title with an 8K time of 23:31.6, beating his nearest competitor, Belmont’s Jacob McLeod (24:07.2), by more than 30 seconds. His 8K time of 23:31.6 is the fastest in the history of the OVC Championships.
The EKU women entered the OVC Championship ranked third in the NCAA Southeast Region. They cruised to victory with a score of 33 points.
The EKU women’s team defeated second-place Southeast Missouri (80) by nearly 50 points. It is the Colonels’ 12 conference title in the last 13 years, and their 32 overall.
“Junior Lilian Jeptoo Kiborus led the way for the Colonels, placing second overall out of 97 competitors with a 5K time of 17:15.9. Senior Gladys Cheruiyot was not far behind in fourth-place, clocking a time of 17:34.4. OVC Co-Freshman of the Year Lilian Ndorobo finished sixth with a time of 17:36.2, followed by seniors Meggan Grams (ninth / 17:45.1) and Alondra Hoyos (12 / 18:05.2),” Steve Fohl, associate director of communications, said in a press release.
Kiborus, Cheruiyot and Ndorobo earned first team All-OVC honors following the meet, while Grams and Hoyos were named second team All-OVC.
First-year EKU head coach Cory Erdmann was named the OVC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year following the meet.
Both the men’s and women’s teams return to action at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday, Nov. 9, in Rock Hill, South Carolina.