Eason, Meddles Named OVC Athletes of the Week for EKU

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University distance runners Wade Meddles and Ann Eason were honored by the Ohio Valley Conference on Thursday for their performances at the Stanford Invitational last weekend.

Meddles was named the adidas OVC Co-Male Track Athlete of the Week, while Eason was named the adidas OVC Co-Female Track Athlete of the Week.

Meddles competed in the fastest heat of the men’s 3,000 meters on Friday, placing sixth in a 24-man field that included professional athletes and some of the top distance athletes in the NCAA. The senior from Gardnerville, Nev. clocked a personal-best time of 13:46.27, which is the second-fastest 5K time in EKU history. Meddles’ time is also currently the second-fastest in the country this spring.

Meddles shared this week’s honor with SIUE’s Braxton Klavins.

Eason broke EKU’s 36-year old outdoor 5,000 meters record on Friday at Stanford, placing sixth in her heat with a personal-best time of 16:03.87. That time currently ranks 14th in the entire NCAA. The junior from Lexington has now won two consecutive OVC Female Track Athlete of the Week awards. She earned the honor last week after running a 4:33.07 1,500 meters at the Cincinnati Oliver Nikoloff Invitational.

Eason shared this week’s honor with SIUE’s Claire Brown and Tennessee State’s Amber Hughes.

Meddles, Eason and the rest of the EKU track and field team return to action this weekend at the Tennessee Sea-Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.