Three Eastern Kentucky University student-athletes – Jamaine Coleman, Tequan Claitt and Ciara Scott – have earned weekly Ohio Valley Conference track and field honors, the league office announced on Wednesday.
Coleman was named the OVC Male Track Athlete of the Week, Claitt snagged OVC Co-Male Field Athlete of the Week honors and Scott was tabbed the OVC Co-Female Track Athlete of the Week.
Coleman ran 8:42.2 in the steeplechase on Friday night at the Stanford Invitational in California. That time is tops in the OVC by nearly 14 seconds, and it currently ranks No. 1 in the NCAA East Region and No. 5 in the entire country. The senior from Preston, England ran 8:34.1 in the steeplechase last May and was a second-team All-American in the event at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Claitt opened the outdoor season by jumping 6-11.75 on Friday at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina. That is the No. 1 high jump in the OVC by two inches, and it currently ranks No. 11 in the East Region and No. 18 in the nation. The junior from Lexington, Kentucky is the EKU record holder in the high jump (7-5.75) and earned first team All-America honors after placing fifth in the event at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
He shares this week’s honor with Eastern Illinois thrower Ryan Pearce.
Scott clocked an OVC-best time of 10:31.3 in the steeplechase on Friday at Stanford. That time currently puts her at No. 21 in the East Region. Scott – a senior out of Bowling Green, Kentucky – is the defending OVC steeplechase champion and EKU’s record-holder in the event (10:23).
She shares this week’s honor with Murray State hurdler Jabreuna Brimlett.
The track and field team returns to action this weekend, April 6-7, at the Hilltopper Relays in Bowling Green.
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