The Richmond Register


June 14, 2014

OVC TRACK: EKU’s Hesselbjerg takes third at NCAAs

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University junior Ole Hesselbjerg placed third in the finals of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Hesselbjerg is EKU’s first NCAA medalist since Jacob Korir finished second in the indoor 5,000 meters in 2008.

The native of Charlottenlund, Denmark covered the 3,000 meters in a personal-best time of 8:38.75, losing only to favorites Anthony Rotich of UTEP (8:32.21) and Stanley Kebenei of Arkansas (8:35.27). Hesselbjerg’s time is the second-fastest in school history and just over a second off the school record of 8:37.03, set by junior Ben Toroitich in 2012.

Hesselbjerg will earn First Team All-America honors for the second consecutive spring. He finished seventh in the finals of the steeplechase at least year’s NCAA Championships with a time of 8:43.80.

Bouchikhi takes 15th                 in 1,500 meters

In his final race as a Colonel, senior Soufiane Bouchikhi finished 15th in the finals of the men’s 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.

Bouchikhi will earn Second Team All-American honors for his performance and will finish his career at EKU as a six-time All-American. He was a two-time All-American in cross country (2012, 2013), a First Team All-American in the outdoor 10,000 meters (2012), a two-time Second Team All-American in the outdoor 5,000 meters (2012, 2014) and a Second Team All-American in the indoor 5,000 meters (2012).

The native of Antwerp, Belgium covered the 5,000 meters in 14:01.48 on Friday, defeating runners from Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech.

Arizona’s Lawi Lalang outkicked Oregon’s Edward Cheserek in the final 100 meters to win with a time of 13:18.36.

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