Eastern Kentucky University junior cross country student-athletes Erick Rotich and Charlotte Imer have been named Ohio Valley Conference Runners of the Week following their performances over the weekend.
Rotich was named the OVC Co-Male Runner of the Week, along with Tennessee Tech’s Gilbert Boit and UT Martin’s Edwin Kurgat. The native of Eldoret, Kenya finished eighth out of 172 runners in the Blue Race of the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Friday in South Bend, Indiana, clocking an 8K time of 23:59.2.
The two-time defending OVC Runner of the Year led the EKU men’s team to a fifth-place finish at the meet. The Colonels defeated three nationally-ranked teams on the day, No. 11 Washington State, No. 29 Eastern Michigan and No. 30 N.C. State, as well as several other regionally-ranked teams such as Texas, California, Alabama, New Mexico, Iowa, Butler, Florida State and host Notre Dame.
Imer was named the OVC Female Runner of the Week for the third time this season. The All-American from Melbourne, Australia placed second out of 330 runners at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday morning, clocking a personal-best cross country 5K time of 16:36. She lost only to Boise State All-American and 2017 steeplechase national champion Allie Ostrander.
Imer’s performance led the EKU women’s team to a sixth-place finish out of 38 teams in Louisville. The Colonels beat several notable squads, including the then-No. 3 team in the Southeast, host Louisville (seventh / 248 points), local rival Kentucky (ninth / 274 points) and nationally-ranked (No. 25) Vanderbilt (12th / 358 points).
The cross country teams have this weekend off before returning to action October 13-14 at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational and the NCAA Pre-National Invitational.
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