The Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross country team continued its climb up the NCAA Southeast Region rankings, as the Colonels jumped a spot to No. 4 in the most recent regional poll released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.

EKU turned in another strong performance in the loaded Blue Race of the Pre-National Invitational on Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Colonels finished 17th out of 42 of some of the best teams in the country and notably defeated Virginia, which was ranked No. 2 in the region at the time.

The only teams currently ranked ahead of EKU in the Southeast Region are No.1 N.C. State, No. 2 William & Mary and No. 3 Kentucky. The Colonels are positioned ahead of the likes of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Clemson, Duke and North Carolina in the poll.

Sophomore Charlotte Imer continued to lead the Colonels at Pre-Nats, placing 19th out of 285 competitors with a 6K time of 20:32.9.

Eastern’s 2-5 runners were all within twenty seconds of each other. Freshman Lilian Jeptoo Kiborus was second on the team and 105th overall with a time of 21:31.0.

She was followed by junior Luisa Boschan (121st / 21:37.8) and sophomores Meggan Grams (138th / 21:47.4) and Gladys Cheruiyot (151st / 21:50.8).

EKU has this weekend off before competing at the Ohio Valley Conference Champions on Saturday, October 29, in Nashville. The Colonel women have won 10 of the last 11 OVC titles.

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Steve Fohl
Associate Director of EKUSports Communications