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WKU's Laine, Beasley Earn First Career C-USA Weekly Honors Apr 20, 2016

WKU earned a pair of Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week awards as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon as rookies Keenon Laine (Male Field) and Jadzia Beasley (Female Track) captured their first league honor of their WKU careers. (via www.wkusports.com)

Bluegrass Athletes Big Part of WKU Track and Field Success Western Kentucky University Press Release Feb 26, 2013

  BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The WKU track and field teams feature a wide diversity of athletes from different regions around the world.  From South Africa to South America, from Europe to Florida, WKU head coach Erik Jenkins’ recruiting lives up the university slogan “A leading American university with international reach.” Jenkins also places strong emphasis on recruiting in his own backyard, however, as four student-athletes from the state of Kentucky scored major points for WKU at this past weekend’s Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.   

Senior Send-off: St. Henry's Lindsey Hinken Jonathan Grooms Jun 27, 2012

  Lindsey Hinken helped lead St. Henry to three cross country state team titles and one track title while in high school.  Individually she was the Class A Runner-Up this past fall in Cross Country and placed second overall in the 3200m Run this spring.  She answered some KYtrackXC.com Senior Send-off Questions below.  If you graduated and are interested in answering the same questions, please email them to jonathan@kytrackxc.com  

Senior Send-off: John Hardin's Katie Lever Jonathan Grooms Jun 26, 2012

  Katie Lever just graduated from John Hardin High School.  She was an all-state runner finishing 6th this past fall in Class AAA at the Kentucky State Cross Country Meet.  She also had the second best time statewide in the 3200m Run this spring with an 11:09.22. She answered some KYtrackXC.com Senior Send-off Questions below.  If you graduated and are interested in answering the same questions, please email them to jonathan@kytrackxc.com

Track & Field Coach Erik Jenkins Receives Contract Extension Through 2015 Oct 5, 2010

The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents recently approved a contract extension for men's and women's cross lt;br />country and track and field head coach Erik Jenkins through June 30, 2015. Jenkins was named head coach for both the lt;br />men's and women' programs at WKU on January 1, 2008 following the retirement of coaching legend Dr. Curtiss Long.

Kipchirchir, Kandie and Chemweno Notch Top-10 Finishes At Greater Louisville Oct 2, 2010

The Western Kentucky University cross country teams traveled north to Saturday to participate in the Greater Louisville lt;br />Classic at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park, the site of this year's NCAA Southeast Region meet. Both men and women competed in lt;br />the "Gold" sections of the day-long event that includes three collegiate races as well as high school and middle school races.

Kipchirchir, Kandie Sweep Sun Belt Cross Country Weekly Honors Sep 22, 2010

Western Kentucky University cross country athletes Shadrack Kipchirchir and Marion Kandie have been named Sun Belt lt;br />Conference performers of the week for their efforts at home in the Old Timers Classic over the weekend, it was announced lt;br />Tuesday.

Kandie Wins, Kipchirchir Second To Lead WKU At Home In Old Timers Classic Sep 18, 2010

The Western Kentucky University cross country teams played host to the 29th annual Old Timers Classic Saturday morning at lt;br />Kereiakes Park. Although the meet was unscored, the Lady Toppers turned in a solid team performance, while the Hilltoppers lt;br />placed two runners in the top-five.

Kandie's Victory Leads WKU Cross Country To Runner-Up Finish In Belmont Opener Sep 3, 2010

Western Kentucky University senior Marion Kandie led the Lady Topper cross country team to a runner-up finish Friday in the lt;br />Belmont Openber at Percy Warner Park. Vanderbilt took the women's title with 27 points, while WKU was second with a 59- lt;br />point total, followed by Alabama (65), Lipscomb (87), Belmont (139), Middle Tennessee (139), Tennessee (201), Memphis lt;br />(245), Austin Peay (268), UT-Martin (297), Bethel (350), and Trevecca Nazarene (384).

Lady Topper Cross Country Begins 2010 Campaign Ranked 13th Aug 31, 2010

The Western Kentucky University women's cross country team will begin the 2010 campaign ranked 13th in the Southeast lt;br />Region. Announced Monday, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional lt;br />rankings are selected by representatives from each region, and reflects a team's strengths entering the season based on lt;br />returnees and newcomers to each squad.

Track & Field Announces 12 Additions To 2010-11 Squad Aug 19, 2010

Western Kentucky University head track and field coach Erik Jenkins announced the addition of 12 student-athletes to the lt;br />2010-11 roster Thursday. The group includes several state champions, international standouts, and US top-25 ranking lt;br />individuals.

Monteka Flowers Named To USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Jul 29, 2010

Western Kentucky University junior-to-be Monteka Flowers has been named to the 2010 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team, it was announced Wednesday.

Maskancevs Finishes 7th In Long Jump At NCAA Championships Jun 12, 2010

On the final day of competition in the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, a pair of Western Kentucky University athletes turned in stellar performances, giving the Hilltoppers an eight-way tie for 60th in the team standings with two points.

Women's 4x100m, Men's 4x400m, Rwaheru Advance To NCAA Finals May 30, 2010

The preliminary rounds of the NCAA Championships concluded Saturday on the campus of North Carolina A&T, where the Western Kentucky University track and field teams advanced two relays and one individual to close the first leg on the road to Eugene, Oregon for the NCAA Finals.

Track & Field Sends 15 Indviduals, 3 Relays To NCAA Preliminary Round Competition May 26, 2010

The Western Kentucky University track and field teams will be well-represented this week as competition begins at the East Site of the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, hosted by North Carolina A&T, May 27-29. Covering all event groups, the Hilltoppers have qualified eight individuals and two relay teams, while seven Lady Toppers and one women's relay will be competing for WKU.

Samantha Smith Takes Advantage of "Last Chance" At Georgia Tech May 16, 2010

Select members of the Western Kentucky University track and field teams took one last shot at establishing a qualifying performance over the weekend, with athletes competing at the Cardinal Twilight in Louisville, and the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta.

WKU Sweeps Third-Straight Sun Belt Outdoor Championship May 9, 2010

For the third-straight season, the Western Kentucky University men's and women's track and field teams swept the team titles in the Sun Belt Conference outdoor championships. The Lady Toppers tallied 175 points in the victory, while the Hilltoppers managed 138 points over the three-day event for the title.

Hilltoppers Lead, Lady Toppers Second After Day Two Of Sun Belt Outdoor May 9, 2010

The Western Kentucky University men's track and field team is leading the field after day two of the Sun Belt Conference outdoor championships, hosted by North Texas, while the women are currently in second. The Hilltoppers have accumulated 56 points thus far, while Louisiana-Lafayette currently sits second in the men's team standings with 39 points. South Alabama is third with 29, followed by Arkansas State 25, Middle Tennessee 23, UNT 22, Louisiana-Monroe 18, Arkansas-Little Rock 16, and Troy 6. MTSU currently has the women's team lead with 68 points following two days of competition, while the Lady Toppers are second at 59 points. ASU is third with 45.5, followed by Troy 33, ULM 30, USA 29, UNT 21, FIU 12, Florida Atlantic 7.5, UALR 5, and ULL 2.

WKU Track Teams Leading After Day One of Sun Belt Outdoor Championship May 8, 2010

The Western Kentucky University track and field teams began defense of their Sun Belt Conference outdoor championship crowns Friday at North Texas' Fouts Field. After the first day, the Lady Toppers are in the lead with 31 points, while Arkansas State is second with 30.50, folowed by Troy 14, North Texas 11, South Alabama 10, Florida International and Middle Tennessee with 7, Louisiana-Monroe 4, and Florida Atlantic 2.50 points. The Hilltoppers captured 27 points on the opening day of competition, with USA sitting in second with 21, ASU third with 9, followed by MTSU 7, Arkansas-Little Rock 6, UNT and Louisiana-Lafayette with 3 and Troy with 2 points.

Flowers Leads Track Teams At Indiana State May 2, 2010

A limited number of Western Kentucky University track and field athletes took part in the Pacesetter Invitational Saturday at Indiana State's Marks Field as a final tune-up before the Sun Belt Conference outdoor championships, scheduled May 7-9 in Denton, Texas.

Impressive Morning Turns Dreary In Weather-Shorted WKU Invitational Apr 25, 2010

The Western Kentucky University track and field team played host to the WKU Invitational Saturday at the Charles M. Ruter Track and Field Complex. Despite being forced into an abbreviated schedule due to lighting throughout south-central Kentucky, WKU had several bright spots before the storm clouds rolled in.

Predicted Storms Force Alteration To WKU Invitational Schedule Apr 24, 2010

Due to the predicted weather forecast for Saturday that calls for strong afternoon thunderstorms, the track and field coaching staff at Western Kentucky University has revised the original schedule of events in an attempt to complete the meet by mid-afternoon.

WKU Distance Corps Shines At Mt SAC Apr 18, 2010

Six Western Kentucky University distance runners traveled west to California over the weekend in seach of quality competitive opportunities at the Mt SAC Relays. The trip proved beneficial, as the athletes recorded seven personal bests and moved into the NCAA East Region elite in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

Track & Field Finds Fast Times At Vanderbilt Apr 17, 2010

On day one of the Vanderbilt Invitational, the Western Kentucky University track and field teams managed six victories and recorded numerous season and personal bests with three weeks to go before the Sun Belt Conference championships May 7-9 in Denton, Texas.

WKU Throwers Sweep SBC Field Event Honors Apr 7, 2010

Western Kentucky University track and field athletes Brian Soverns and Monteka Flowers were named Sun Belt Conference field performers of the week Wednesday for their efforts at the Austin Peay Governors Invitational this past weekend.

Track & Field Teams Find Success At APSU and Florida Apr 4, 2010

The Western Kentucky University track and field teams split between the APSU Governors Invitational and Pepsi Florida Relays on Saturday. At Florida, the Hilltopper and Lady Topper relay teams posted some of the top times of the season in the NCAA east region, and at Austin Peay, four all-time top-five performances were recorded.

WKU Posts Quality Performances On Day One Of Florida Relays Apr 3, 2010

The Western Kentucky University track and field teams are running a two-way split this weekend, with athletes competing in the Florida Relays April 2-3 and APSU Governors Invitational April 3. On day one in Gainesville, WKU athletes posted four top-ten finishes, while also recording some of the top marks in the east region in this young season.

Track Teams Compete At Stanford and Alabama Mar 29, 2010

Western Kentucky University had its first full-team competition of the outdoor season this past weekend, with split squad competition at the Stanford Invitational and Alabama Relays.

Throwers, Smellie Open Outdoor Season At Austin Peay Mar 21, 2010

Western Kentucky University opened the outdoor track and field season Saturday in the Austin Peay Spring Fling. With the throwers and one sprinter competing this weekend, the men's and women's teams combined to earn seven victories.

Janet Jesang Finishes 12th In 5,000m At NCAA Indoor Mar 13, 2010

Western Kentucky University senior distance runner Janet Jesang placed 12th in the finals of the 5,000-meter run Friday evening at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, hosted by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Janet Jesang Pulling Double Duty At NCAA Indoor Championship Mar 12, 2010

Western Kentucky University senior distance runner Janet Jesang is scheduled to compete in the 3,000m and 5,000m at this weekend's NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in Fayetteville, Ark. A four-time all-America honoree, she will be looking to add her fifth and sixth national accolades this weekend.

AA Triple Jump Champion Thomas Washington Out for the Season Jonathan Grooms Mar 5, 2010

   2009 Class AA State Triple Jump Champion Thomas Washington of Logan County is out for the 2010 outdoor season.  He injured his knee in practice and is scheduled for surgery.  He will rehab in preparation for his freshmen year at Western Kentucky University where he had recently signed.  His specialty is the jumps but he would have also been a contender in the 400m Dash this year.      

Track & Field Sweeps Sun Belt Indoor Championships Mar 1, 2010

The Western Kentucky University men's and women's track and field teams swept the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships this weekend at the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. For the Lady Toppers, it marks the fifth-straight indoor title, and the 13th-straight conference title for the program, having won every league cross country, indoor, and outdoor meet dating back to the first women's indoor title in school history in 2006. For the Hilltoppers, the 2010 title is the second title in three years, having placed second in the team scoring in 2009. Since 2000, the WKU athletic program has now captured 70 SBC conference titles among its 19 sports.

WKU Track & Field Completes Indoor Tune-Up With Three-Way Split Feb 15, 2010

The track and field teams from Western Kentucky University had a three-way split squad Saturday, with student-athletes competing in the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., and MT Valentine Invitational in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Distance Runners Shine At Washington And Grand Valley Feb 13, 2010

The Western Kentucky University track and field teams are on a three-way split this weekend with athletes competing in the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., and MTSU Valentine Invitational in Murfreesboro, Tenn. On Friday, competition began at Washington and Grand Valley, with the WKU distance corps taking the spotlight.

Adeduro Sets Weight Throw Record To Lead WKU At MTSU Feb 7, 2010

The Western Kentucky University track and field teams traveled to the Murphy Center Saturday to compete in the Middle Tennessee Invitational. There, the teams saw Sun Belt Conference foes MTSU and Arkansas State in person, and managed four all-time marks on the day.

Jesang And Soverns Earn Another Sun Belt Weekly Nod Feb 3, 2010

Bowling Green, Ky. — For the third-straight week, Western Kentucky University senior thrower Brian Soverns has been named Sun Belt Conference male field performer of the week, it was announced Tuesday. Also, senior distance runner Janet Jesang has earned her second SBC female track performer of the week honor of the indoor season.

Three School Records Fall, Jesang Runs Provisional Mile At UK Jan 31, 2010

The Western Kentucky University men's and women's track and field teams ran a split squad this weekend, with distance runners competing at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind., with the majority of the team at Kentucky partaking in the Rod McCravy Invitational.

WKU Track & Field Adds Four To 2010 Roster Jan 15, 2010

Western Kentucky University head track and field coach Erik Jenkins announced Thursday the addition of three student-athletes to the 2010 indoor and outdoor rosters. Dante Sales, Vasity Chemweno, Tom Chouquet, and Deus Rwaheru are enrolled in school and will begin classes when the spring semester begins on Monday, January 25.

Jenkins And Jesang Honored By Kentucky USATF Jan 12, 2010

Western Kentucky University head track and field coach Erik Jenkins was named 2009 University Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year and senior Janet Jesang was named 2009 University Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year by the Kentucky Association of USATF and the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Assocation (KTCCCA) January 9 at the annual awards banquet in Lexington, Ky.

Track & Field Opens Indoor Season At MT Christmas Invitational Dec 13, 2009

The Western Kentucky University men's and women's track and field teams opened the 2009-10 indoor campaign Saturday in the Middle Tennessee Christmas Invitational at Murphy Center. Although not a team scored competition, several individuals recorded top-three finishes to open the season.

Lady Topper Track & Field Program Riding 12-Straight Sun Belt Titles Dec 4, 2009

On October 29, 2005 at the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championship, the Arkansas-Little Rock women's team put four runners in the top-10 compared to the three all-league athletes from host Western Kentucky University, and the Trojans defeated the runner-up Lady Toppers by 24 points. That was the last time any women's track and field program in the SBC other than WKU has victoriously raised the league championship trophy.

WKU Cross Country Puts Three On All-Region Team; Jesang Qualifies for NCAA Nov 15, 2009

The Western Kentucky University men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Louisville's E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park Saturday to compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional. There, the Lady Toppers managed two athletes on the all-Region team by placing in the top-15 among individuals, while the Hilltoppers put one on the all-Region team. Out of 35 teams in the region, the WKU women finished 11th and the men were 22nd.

Lady Topper Cross Country Team Takes Number Seven Ranking Into NCAA Southeast Regional Nov 13, 2009

The Western Kentucky University cross country teams will be traveling to Louisville Saturday to take on the NCAA Southeast Region at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park. Behind the strength of three-time all-American Janet Jesang, the Lady Toppers are ranked seventh in the Southeast Region by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), which is the highest ranking the WKU women have ever received heading into the region weekend.

Four In A Row For Lady Toppers At Sun Belt Cross Country Oct 31, 2009

For the fourth-straight year, the Western Kentucky University women's cross country team has won the Sun Belt Conference cross country championship. Today at Louisiana-Monroe's Selman Field Course, the Lady Toppers outlasted Middle Tennessee to defeat the Blue Raiders in the 5,000-meter team race by 12 points. The WKU men tied with Troy for fifth place in the team scoring.

Lady Toppers Picked To "Four-Peat" At Sun Belt Cross Country Championship Oct 30, 2009

The Western Kentucky University men's and women's cross country teams travel to Monroe, La., Saturday to compete in the Sun Belt Conference cross country championships. After WKU swept the team titles at the friendly confines of Kereiakes Park in 2008, the Lady Toppers were picked by league coaches to win their fourth-straight league title at UL-Monroe's Selman Field Course, while the Hilltoppers were predicted to finish fourth.

Track & Field Adds Two All-Americans To 2010 Roster Oct 29, 2009

Western Kentucky University head track and field coach Erik Jenkins announced the signing of two sprinters Wednesday. These ladies share a total of nine NJCAA all-America honors between them and will be enrolling in school in the spring with plans to compete during the 2010 indoor and outdoor seasons.

WKU's Jesang Named Sun Belt Runner Of The Week For Second Time This Season Oct 7, 2009

Western Kentucky University senior Janet Jesang was named Sun Belt Conference Female Runner of the Week Tuesday for her efforts at last weekend's Greater Louisville Classic. In two meets this season, Jesang has cruised to two victories while setting two new course records, while also earning two league performer-of-the-week honors.

Jesang, Cheptoek Earn Sun Belt Conference Weekly Honors Sep 23, 2009

Western Kenucky University cross country athletes Janet Jesang and Patrick Cheptoek were named women's and men's Sun Belt Conference Performer of the Week, respectively, for their efforts at the Old Timers Classic Tuesday.

WKU Track & Field Announces 11 Additions For 2009-10 Campaign Jul 30, 2009

Coming off a season in which the Western Kentucky University track and field program swept the Sun Belt Conference men's and women's outdoor championship for the second consecutive year, head coach Erik Jenkins announced Thursday another strong recruiting class with the signing of 11 student-athletes.

KYtrackXC.com April 20th Athletes of the Week Jonathan Grooms Apr 20, 2009

In an effort to honor the top track and field performers from Kentucky, KYtrackXC.com will have a weekly set of Athletes of the Week.  There will be Middle School, High School, and College awardees.  Former Kentucky High School Track and Field athletes currently running in college are eligible for the College award, even if he or she attends a school out-of-state.   

Janet Jesang Paces The Field To Lead WKU Women To Sun Belt Cross Country Title Western Kentucky University Press Release Oct 27, 2007

Bowling Green, Ky.  —  The Western Kentucky University women's cross country team successfully defended their home course Saturday, as they captured the 13th Sun Belt Conference Cross Country title in school history at Kereiakes Park.  This year's title marked the second in a row for the Lady Toppers, and the sixth straight for the women'sprogram, as they have won every Sun Belt meet since the 2006 indoortrack and field championships.