Track and field team competes in pair of events
It was another split-meet weekend for the Eastern Kentucky University track and field team, as a handful of distance runners competed at the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State on Friday, while the rest of the Colonels traveled to the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic in Lexington on Saturday.
Senior Yosi Goasdoue highlighted the trip to Ohio State, finishing third out of 19 runners in the men’s 5,000 meters showcase with a personal-best time of 14:15.02. That time is currently second-fastest in the Ohio Valley Conference, trailing only teammate Wade Meddles’ 13:52.16.
Freshman Ashley Svec also posted a personal-best time at the Jesse Owens Classic, placing 13th in the women’s 5,000 meters showcase in 17:25.06. That time is the third-fastest in the conference.
Senior Bianca Forbes re-emerged onto the 400 meters scene at the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic on Saturday, placing second in the women’s race with a season-best time of 55.30. That time is fifth-best in the OVC right now. Forbes, who is the EKU record holder in the indoor quarter-mile, won the 400 meters at the OVC Outdoor Championships last spring.
Another highlight from Saturday’s meet came from senior Anthony Eason, who finished fourth in the men’s 800 meters with a personal-best time of 1:55.09. That time is currently tied for 10th-best in the OVC.
The EKU track and field team returns to action next week/weekend at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Women’s tennis moves into OVC finals
It was business as usual for the Eastern Kentucky University women’s tennis.
The Colonels blanked Eastern Illinois in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon, 4-0. EKU will face No. 2 seed Jacksonville State in the championship match today.
Sophomore Amandine Faouzi (No. 1), the OVC Player of the Year, along with sophomore Kristina Labeja (No. 2) and sophomore Melissa Gerritsen (No. 4) all picked up straight-set victories.
EKU (18-6) opened the match by winning No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to earn the doubles point.
The Colonels are aiming for their second-consecutive and third-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. EKU downed Jacksonville State earlier this season by a count of 7-0.