EASON WINS GOLD RACE AT GREATER LOUISVILLE CLASSIC
October 5, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University junior Ann Eason won the women’s Gold Race at the Greater Louisville Classic cross country meet on Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park, defeating a field of 288 competitors with a season-best 5K time of 16:51.39.
Eason, a Lexington, Ky. native, edged second-place finisher Cally Macumber of Kentucky by six seconds. Macumber defeated Eason on Sept. 14 at the Bluegrass Invitational in Lexington.
Another Kentucky native, sophomore Ashley Svec, was EKU’s second finisher, placing 26th overall with a time of 17:54.81. Senior Una Britton (32nd / 17:58.76), junior Ann Reddin (55th /18:16.75) and sophomore Cecile Chevillard (67th / 18:26.31) rounded out the Colonels’ scoring five on the day.
Eason’s stellar performance led the EKU women, ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Southeast Region, to a sixth-place finish out of 32 teams with 126 points. The only NCAA teams to defeat the Colonels were Kentucky (No. 6 in the Southeast Region / 92 points), Texas A&M (No. 3 in the South Central Region / 92 points) and Edinboro (110 points). EKU defeated the likes of host Louisville, Tennessee, Marquette, Elon, Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Ohio Valley Conference rivals Southeast Missouri, Murray State and Morehead State.
An EKU ‘B’ team also ran in the men’s Gold Race on Saturday morning. Junior Ben Toroitich, making his first appearance since last November due to an injury, led the way, finishing 46th out of 26 runners with an 8K time of 25:31.22. Fellow junior Sean Vandermosten was not far behind, placing 48th in 25:31.22. Senior Adams Ronnoh (68th / 25:42.49), sophomore Ben Turner (84th / 25:52.03) and junior Kyle Burton (202nd / 27:12.94) also competed for the EKU ‘B’ team at the meet.
The EKU ‘B’ team finished 16th out of 31 squads.
The EKU cross country teams return to action on Saturday, Oct. 19 when the men compete at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational and the women compete at the NCAA Pre-Nationals.