Following a dominant performance at the OVC Championships last weekend, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s cross country team has re-entered the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings at No. 26.
EKU comes in just behind the likes of Virginia (No. 21), Virginia Tech (No. 22), Oklahoma State (No. 23), Villanova (No. 24) and Colorado State (No. 25). The Colonels are ranked ahead of such schools as Boise State (No. 27), Alabama (No. 28), Texas (No. 29) and Georgetown (No. 30).
Eastern won its 14th consecutive OVC title last Saturday in Edwardsville, Illinois. The Colonels went 1-2-3-4-9 to finish with 19 points, beating their nearest competitor, Belmont, by more than 40 points.
Freshman Ezekiel Rop – the OVC Male Cross Country Runner of the Year – won the men’s individual title with an 8K time of 24:35.4. Junior Zak Kirk was not far behind in second place with a time of 24:39.5.
Senior Samuel Abascal (24:53.0) and OVC Freshman of the Year Enock Kipchumba (24:55.7) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Freshman Nikodem Dworczak was the Colonels’ No. 5 man on the day, finishing ninth out 103 competitors with a time of 25:23.5.
EKU will have this weekend off before competing at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday, November 15 in Charlottesville, Virginia. A trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships will be on the line at that race.
Eastern finished 16th at the 2018 NCAA Championships, the second best finish in program history.
It was the Colonels’ sixth trip to the national championship meet in the last eight years.
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