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Two Track and Field Colonels Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Posted on 25 July 2014 by admin

 

 

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NEW ORLEANS – Two Eastern Kentucky University track and field student-athletes – Ann Eason and Ole Hesselbjerg – earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors for the 2013-14 season.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and met one of the following criteria: for the indoor season, finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

The EKU women’s track and field teams was also named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team by the organization. The EKU women – who posted a 3.23 GPA this past year – were one of 208 teams nationally to earn All-Academic Team honors. A team must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to receive the award.

Eason, an elementary education major from Lexington, was named the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Female Track Athlete of the Year and won both the 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters at the OVC Outdoor Championships. She also broke EKU’s 36-year old women’s 5,000 meters record with a 16:03.87 at the Stanford Invitational. Eason currently has a 3.97 cumulative GPA.

Hesselbjerg, a physics major from Charlottenlund, Denmark, earned first team All-America honors for the second straight season and became EKU’s first NCAA track medalist since 2008 when he finished third in the finals of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplecase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He posted a personal-best time of 8:38.75 during the performance. Hesselbjerg currently has a 3.30 cumulative GPA.

 

 

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Eason Named Capital One Academic All-American

Posted on 26 June 2014 by admin

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AUSTIN, Texas – Eastern Kentucky University junior Ann Eason has been voted a 2013-14 Capital One second team Academic All-American for women’s track and field / cross country by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Eason was one of the top distance runners in the country this past year. The native of Lexington, Ky. was ranked No. 13 in the NCAA East Region in the 5,000 meters this spring with a school-record time of 16:03.87. She was also named the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Female Track Athlete of the Year and won both the 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters at this year’s conference outdoor championships.

During the cross country season, Eason was named the OVC Female Runner of the Year for the second straight fall and helped lead the EKU women’s team to its seventh conference title in the last eight years.

In the classroom, the elementary education teaching major carries a 3.95 GPA and was recently inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a national honor society recognizing student-athletes with 60 hours or more, who have a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA, have earned a varsity letter and are of high moral character.

Eason is one of only two OVC student-athletes to be named a women’s CoSIDA Academic All-American for track and field / cross country, joining third-team selection Molly Basch of Austin Peay.

To be nominated for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution (thus, true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and ineligible transfers are not eligible). In the cases of transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates, the athlete must have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution to be eligible.

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Two Colonels Compete in Track and Field National Championship Events

Posted on 14 June 2014 by Bret Shroats

Soufiane Bouchiki on the left and Ole Hesselbjerg on the right.

Soufiane Bouchiki on the left and Ole Hesselbjerg on the right.

 

Two Colonels earned spots in their respected National Championship events in the NCAA Track and Field tournament.

Soufiane Bouchiki ended his Eastern Kentucky career with a 15th place finish in the 5,000 meters even. Bouchiki finished the race with a time of 14:04.48.

Bouchiki defeated runners from Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech.

Bouchiki was named second team All-American after the race, his sixth All-American award as a Colonel.

Junior Ole Hesselbjerg finished third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase national championship.  After the spectacular finish Hesselbjerg was named first team All-American for a second straight year.

Hesselbjerg finished the race with a time of 8:38.75.

Anthony Rotich of UTEP won the race with a time of 8:32.21.

Ole Hesselbjerg is the first Colonel NCAA track medalist since Jacob Korir finished second in the indoor 5,000 meters in 2008!

Hesselbjerg beat runners from schools such as Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Louisville and Virginia.

 

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Five Colonels Qualify For NCAA East Region Championships

Posted on 23 May 2014 by admin

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INDIANAPOLIS – Five Eastern Kentucky University track and field student-athletes have qualified for the NCAA East Region Preliminary Championships to be held May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Junior Ole Hesselbjerg enters the preliminary rounds ranked No. 1 in the East Region in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. The native of Charlottenlund, Denmark ran a 8:41.17 at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19. Hesselbjerg was a first-team All-American in the steeplechase last spring after placing seventh in the event at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Seniors Soufiane Bouchikhi and Wade Meddles qualified in the men’s 5,000 meters. Bouchikhi is currently ranked No. 3 in the region with a 13:45.92 that he ran at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19. Meddles is right behind him at No. 4 with a 13:46.27 that he ran at the Stanford Relays on April 6. Bouchikhi was a second team All-American in the 5,000 meters in 2012, while Meddles was a second team All-American in the 5,000 meters in 2013.

On the women’s side, junior Ann Eason enters the preliminary rounds ranked No. 13 in the region in the 5,000 meters with a school-record 16:03.87 that she posted at the Stanford Relays on April 6. Eason, a native of Lexington, Ky. finished ninth in the 5,000 meters at the 2013 NCAA Championships, earning second team All-America honors.

Sophomore Cecile Chevillard, meanwhile, qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, coming in at No. 37 with a 10:25.08 that she ran at the Virginia Challenge on May 11. This is the first time Chevillard has qualified for the NCAA preliminary rounds.

The top-12 finishers from each event at the regionals advance to the NCAA Championships to be held June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.

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Maritim Voted OVC Male Track and Field Freshman of the Year

Posted on 27 February 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University distance runner Ambrose Maritim has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Co-Male Track and Field Freshman of the Year, the league office announced on Thursday.

Maritim posted the third-fastest 3,000 meters time in the conference (8:18.35) at the Rod McCravy Memorial on Jan. 24. He also ranks eighth in the OVC in the 5,000 meters (15:09.64) and 21st in the mile (4:20.21).

The native of Eldoret, Kenya is the fifth Colonel to earn OVC Male Freshman of the Year honor since 2005, joining Jacob Korir (2005), Shannon Davis (2008), Soufiane Bouchikhi (2010) and Mads Taersboel (2013).

Maritim – who will share Freshman of the Year honors with Southeast Missouri’s Chris Martin – was an All-Southeast Region performer during the cross country season and a key member of the EKU men’s team that ran at the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive year.

Maritim and the rest of the EKU track and field team will compete at the OVC Indoor Championships this weekend in Nashville.

2014 Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Year
Male Track Athlete of the Year: Calvin Edwards, Eastern Illinois
Female Track Athlete of the Year: Hannah Wittman, Belmont
Male Field Athlete of the Year: Kevin Farley, Southeast Missouri
Female Field Athlete of the Year: Jatavia Wright, SIUE
Co-Male Freshman of the Year: Ambrose Maritim, Eastern Kentucky; Chris Martin, Southeast Missouri
Female Freshman of the Year: Amber Hughes, Tennessee State

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Meddles Named OVC Male Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year

Posted on 04 May 2013 by admin

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University junior distance runner Wade Meddles has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Male Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, the league office announced on Thursday.

Meddles posted a 13:52.16 in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational on March 29. That time is the fastest in the OVC by 23 seconds and currently ranks him No. 10 in the NCAA East Region and No. 29 in the country. It was also the fourth-fastest outdoor 5,000 meters time in EKU history.

Meddles was also a member of the EKU distance medley relay team that finished second only to Wisconsin with a time of 9:52.93 at the Sea Ray Relays on April 13. The native of Gardnerville, Nev. scorched the mile anchor leg with a 4:04 split.

A transfer from Azusa Pacific University, Meddles was named a cross country All-American in the fall after finishing 38th at the NCAA Championships in Louisville.

He is the fifth Colonel to be named the OVC Male Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and the first since Stanley Mugo won it in 2009.

Other winners included Southeast Missouri’s Kevin Farley and Tennessee State’s Royce Dates (Co-Male Field), Eastern Illinois’ Calvin Edwards (Male Freshman), TSU’s Ashontae Jackson (Female Track), EIU’s Jade Riebold (Female Field) and SIUE’s Jessica Oranika (Female Freshman).

Meddles and the rest of the EKU track and field team will compete at the OVC Outdoor Championships this weekend in Charleston, Ill.

OVC Male Outdoor Track Athletes of the Year from EKU

2004 – Chris Franklin
2005 – Dallas Robinson
2008 – Jacob Korir
2009 – Stanley Mugo
2013 – Wade Meddles

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