The Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross country team continues to reach new heights, as the Colonels entered the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings at No. 21 this week.
It is the first time in program history the EKU women have been nationally ranked.
The Colonels are now positioned just behind of the likes of No. 14 Stanford, No. 15 Villanova, No. 16 Georgia, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 18 BYU, No. 19 Minnesota and No. 20 Michigan State, and just ahead such teams as No. 22 Ole Miss, No. 23 Iowa State and No. 24 Columbia.
The ranking comes after the Colonels finished eighth out of 43 teams in the loaded Red Race at the Pre-National Invitational on Saturday in Louisville.
The Colonels defeated two nationally-ranked teams at the meet – then-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 EKU men are one spot outside of the national rankings this week, receiving 12 points. The Colonels finished 19th out of 35 teams at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday in Madison.
The cross country teams return to action at the OVC Championships on Saturday, October 28, in Charleston, Illinois.
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