The Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross country team jumped one spot to No. 3 in the most recent NCAA Southeast Region rankings, released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. It is the highest regional ranking in program history.
The jump comes after EKU finished eighth out of 43 teams in the loaded Red Race of the Pre-National Invitational on Saturday in Louisville. The Colonels defeated two nationally-ranked teams at the meet – No. 12 Ole Miss and No. 24 Missouri – as well as several regionally-ranked teams such as Northern Arizona, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Ohio State and Duke. All of the teams that beat Eastern on Saturday were nationally ranked.
Junior All-American Charlotte Imer led Eastern, finishing fifth out of 288 competitors and covering the 6K course in a personal-best time of 19:48.9.
Senior Luisa Boschan was second on the team and 44th overall in a time of 20:41.2. Sophomore Lilian Jeptoo Kiborus (66th / 20:52.8), and seniors Ciara Scott (88th / 21:06.9) and Haley Yost (105th / 21:14.6) rounded out EKU’s scoring five at the meet.
The USTFCCCA national rankings are released on Tuesday. The EKU women have never been nationally ranked.
The EKU men’s team was ranked No. 5 in the Southeast Region in the latest poll.
The EKU cross country teams return to action at the OVC Championships on Saturday, October 28, in Charleston, Illinois.
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