The Eastern Kentucky University track and field team hosted their first event at the Tom Samuels track since 2012 on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. The event was named after former EKU head coach Rick Erdmann, who coached the Colonels for 39 seasons.

“He was a legend and successful at every level here at EKU, I just thought it was a great way to honor him,” Corey Erdmann, head coach and son of Rick Erdmann said.

Junior Ahmed Jaziri broke the EKU men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase record by 10 seconds on Friday with an NCAA leading time of 8:23.1 and ranks No. 3 in the world.

Freshman Pedro Garcia-Palencia ran a personal best of 8:38.0 in the steeplechase, which is No. 2 in the NCAA.

Freshman Nikodem Dworczak completed a personal best of 8:57.9 in the steeplechase.

Freshman Laura Taborda broke her own school record in the steeplechase with 10:05.3 and is first in the OVC and No. 19 in the NCAA.

Senior Quantasia Perry earned first place in the women’s 100-meter with a time of 11.66, which is her personal best and in the 200-meter with a time of 24.65.

Freshman Kayla Smith placed second in both races, getting a personal best in the 100-meter with a finishing time of 11.71.

Perry, Smith and freshmen Christian Scott and Emily Roesser won the women’s 4x100-meter relay on Friday clocking a time of 45.99, earning the sixth fastest time in EKU history.

Junior Bryce Favors-Charleston won the men’s 200-meter with a time of 22.25 and earned second in the 100-meter final with 10.98.

Freshmen Brandon Hinojosa and Emma Garcia-Palencia dominated in the throws. Hinojosa broke an EKU record for the men’s hammer throw with 145-1. Garcia-Palencia won the women’s javelin with her personal best of 128-0 and is No. 4 all-time at EKU.

Junior Cassi Reed recorded a personal best of 106-6 in the javelin throw.

“They’ve all done well across the board,” Erdmann said. “We’ve had a lot of good performances…everyone has competed at a very high level.”

Along with the record breaking times, the Colonels celebrated their seniors for senior night: Ashley Barr, Olivia Schoenherr, Hannah Cook, Samuel Abascal and Branden Brookfield.

“It’s been a long hard year and I think this is something that is a welcome and a return to normal for them,” Erdmann said.

The Colonels will travel to Louiville’s Clark Wood Open next weekend.

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