The Eastern Kentucky University men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the 2017 season by sweeping the titles at Morehead State’s Eagle Opener on a rainy Friday evening at the old Sunnybrook Golf Course.
The women’s team placed five runners in the top-seven to finish with 23 points. The Colonels entered the meet ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Southeast Region, and edged No. 5 Kentucky to earn the win.
Junior All-American Charlotte Imer cruised to the individual title over 44 other runners, covering the 5K course in a time of 17:17.1 and defeating her nearest competitor – Kentucky’s Katy Kunc – by nearly 20 seconds.
Imer was followed by senior Luisa Boschan (fourth / 18:06.2), sophomore Lilian Jeptoo Kiborus (fifth / 18:06.6), senior Ciara Scott (sixth / 18:08.2) and junior Gladys Cheruiyot (seventh / 18:20.4).
Kentucky scored 32 points in the women’s race, followed by host Morehead State (91) and Marshall (95).
The men’s team also entered the meet ranked No. 6 in the Southeast and also edged No. 5 Kentucky, 30-39, to earn the win.
Newcomer Addison Monroe – a Division II All-American last season at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania – won the men’s race, defeating a field of 50 competitors with a 5K time of 15:17.2.
He was followed by two other newcomers – freshmen Lucas Kiprotich (fourth / 15:25.4) and Zak Kirk (sixth / 15:28.5).
Senior Tom Koringo (ninth / 15:32.1) and sophomore Zach Stewart (10th / 15:32.5) rounded out the Colonels’ scoring five.
Two-time defending OVC Runner of the Year Erick Rotich and steeplechase All-American Jamaine Coleman did not compete for the men on Friday.
Host Morehead State finished third in the men’s race with 62 points, followed by Marshall with 111 points.
Both Colonel teams return to action next Saturday, September 9, at the Bluegrass Invitational in Lexington.
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