The Eastern Kentucky University track and field teams opened the indoor season at Kentucky’s Jim Green Invitational over the weekend at Nutter Field House.
Two Colonels ran OVC-best times at the opener. Senior Jaime Romo finished fourth out of 33 competitors in the men’s 3,000 meters with a personal-best time of 8:19.48. That time is currently tops in the OVC.
Junior Nickson Rotich, meanwhile, placed third out of 46 runners in the men’s 800 meters in an OVC-best time of 1:50.53.
Other notable performances on the men’s side included senior John Ferraro running 49.98 in the 400 meters (sixth in the OVC), senior Yoshua Reed clocking a persona-best 8.54 in the 60-meter hurdles (fifth in the OVC) and recording a leap of 6-4.75 in the high jump (tied for fifth in the OVC), junior Jacob Alleyne running 7.14 in the 60 meters (eighth in the OVC) and going 21-7.25 in the long jump (seventh in the OVC) and junior Fred Kanda running 8:44.96 in the 3,000 meters (sixth in the OVC).
The men’s 4×400 meter relay team – composed of Rotich, Reed, Ferraro and freshman Bryce Favors-Charleston – recorded a time of 3:20.61, which is currently second-fastest in the OVC.
On the women’s side, senior Meggan Grams ran 5:10.84 in the mile, which is currently second-fastest in the OVC. She was followed closely by teammates Lou Trois (5:12.46 / No. 3 in the OVC), Saskia Pingpank (5:13.22 / No. 4 in the OVC) and Alondra Hoyos (5:15.38 / No. 5 in the OVC).
Senior Nicole Goderwis, meanwhile, posted a strong opening performance with a 58.37 in the 400 meters. That time currently ranks sixth in the OVC. Sophomore Ashley Barr was not far behind in 58.85 (eighth in the OVC).
Other notable women’s performances included junior Ke’Asia Johnson-Bell running 9.04 in the 60-meter hurdles (eighth in the OVC) and freshman Beighley Ayers clocking a time of 10:27.36 in the 3,000 meters (seventh in the OVC).
The women’s 4×400 meter relay team – made up of Barr, Goderwis, Hailey Lacy and Cassi Reed – recorded a strong time of 3:56.49, currently tied for second fastest in the OVC.
The track and field team returns to action next Friday, Jan. 18, at Indiana’s Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington.
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