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Adam Swanson, a cross country fifth year student stretches and jogs before running a mile at Eastern Illinois Campus Pond Saturday afternoon

Panthers of the Week: Adam Swanson, McKenzie Oslanzi

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor February 25, 2024

The male Panther of the Week is going to Adam Swanson from the track and field team. The fifth-year distance runner from Carpentersville won the Ohio Valley Conference male track athlete of the year...

BY AIDAN CUSACK | THE DAILY EASTERN NEWS 
Graduate pole vaulter Joseph Fisher practices in the Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse on Thursday afternoon

EIU Men’s track and field finish second in OVC Tournament

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter February 22, 2024

The Eastern men's track and field team placed second at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track Tournament. First year Director of Track and Field James Gildon mentioned how he wasn’t disappointed...

(From Left to Right) Rachel Koon (12), Kylie Decker (11), Kathryn Cichon (3) and Brenda Torres (2) vie for positioning at the beginning of the mile run at track meet.

EIU track and field hope to win OVC Championship

Payton Liggins, Sports Reporter February 21, 2024

Eastern’s track and field team has hit the road to head to the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship meet.   The OVC standings for the track meet consist of multiple Eastern...

(From Left to Right) Kylie Decker and Rylea Borgic in the mile run at track meet.

Eastern satisfied with first big meet of the season

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter January 14, 2024

First-year Director of Track and Field James Gildon oversaw the 10th annual John Craft Invitational in the Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse on Saturday.  This was coach Gildon's second-ever meet while director...

COLUMN: Why you should watch running sports

COLUMN: Why you should watch running sports

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter December 6, 2023

About a month ago, Eastern’s men's cross-country team took five players to the NCAA Regionals meet in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The team had won the Ohio Valley Conference championship two weeks before...

Freshman Joe Stoddard (117) runs at the 2023 EIU Walt Crawford open.

Freshman standout Joe Stoddard

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter November 17, 2023

Freshman cross country runner Joe Stoddard has placed in the top five for Eastern at every meet this season, Including the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. Veteran runner and OVC champion Adam...

Adam Swanson, a cross country fifth year student stretches and jogs before running a mile at Eastern Illinois Campus Pond Saturday afternoon

Men’s cross country looks to send someone to nationals

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter November 10, 2023

In all of Eastern's 128-year history, only 11 runners have made it to the NCAA Cross Country National Championships. The most recent nationals runner from Eastern was Dustin Hatfield in 2021 (Placed...

Panther Profiles Podcast: Ep. 1: Adam Swanson

Panther Profiles Podcast: Ep. 1: Adam Swanson

Aidan Cusack and Patrick Schmitz November 8, 2023

Aidan Cusack and Patrick Schmitz talk to four-time OVC Cross-Country champion Adam Swanson. https://open.spotify.com/episode/2qNnfSVw1o2l2G7McblrQC?si=PwlqvI7kSouZIWFTMc0_vw The sports staff can be...

Easterns womens cross country team will open their season this Friday at the EIU Walt Crawford Open. The team said they feel ready for the season to start.

Men’s and women’s cross-country win conference championship

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter October 31, 2023

The Eastern cross-country teams swept the Ohio Valley Conference Cross-Country Championship last Saturday in Morehead, Kentucky. This was the second year in a row that both teams won the conference...

Adam Swanson, a cross country fifth year student stretches and jogs before running a mile at Eastern Illinois Campus Pond Saturday afternoon

COLUMN: Michael Atkins is the next Adam Swanson

Mackenzie Harrell, Sports Reporter October 9, 2023

If both Adam Swanson and Michael Atkins keep training together throughout the season, I think Michael will be the next Adam for next season. Fifth-year senior Adam Swanson is the best runner on the men’s...

Sophomores Mason Stoeger (190) and Michael Atkins (181) run during the Walt Crawford Open meet at the Panther Trail during the 2022 season.

Panthers’ XC hope to improve as a team at Louisville Classic

Mackenzie Harrell, Sports Reporter September 28, 2023

With roughly 300 participants in the Louisville Classic, there is more competition and more conference teams the Panthers will compete against. With EIU coming from a unsatisfied overall sixth place at...

Sophomores Mason Stoeger (190) and Michael Atkins (181) run during the Walt Crawford Open meet at the Panther Trail during the 2022 season.

Jacobo out for Redbird Invite as Panthers adjust without key runner

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor September 14, 2023

The men’s cross-country team has to quickly adjust after senior Richie Jacobo injured his foot during Tuesday’s morning practice. “I stepped on a hard surface on a small incline,” Jacobo said....

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