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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

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Marcus Skinner (left) and Dustin Hatfield (right) lead a pack of runners together during a distance event at the EIU John Craft Invite Jan. 18 in the Lantz Field House. Eastern’s track and field program competes at the Grand Valley State Big Meet Friday.

Hatfield’s success ‘runs’ through Eastern

Sofia Turek, Contributing Writer December 9, 2022

On a cold November morning, where the sun was shining bright, Dustin Hatfield was one of the last cross-country players to finish his warmup running on the jagged grey gravel by the Campus Pond.   He...

Adam Swanson, a senior criminology major, holds up an OVC championship plaque after the Conference Championship Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2022, at Putnam County Sports Complex in Cookeville, Tenn.

Cross country teams sweep OVC Championships

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor November 2, 2022

The Eastern men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the OVC Cross Country Championships in Cookeville, Tennessee last Saturday for the first time since 2001.  Saturday’s championship wins...

Josh Whitaker, a graduate student studying exercise science, makes a dash for the last stretch in the Walt Crawford Open Friday afternoon at the Panther Trail. Whitaker finished fourth in the race with a time of 25:44.7 with an average mile time of 5:10.8.

Cross country teams headed to Bradley Pink Classic

Dylan Meek, Cross Country Reporter October 13, 2022

The Eastern Illinois Cross Country teams head to Peoria for the Bradley Pink Classic on Friday. The first race begins at 1:30 PM. The Men’s team will compete in the 8K, and the Women will compete...

Number 584, Dustin Hatfield a redshirt senior runs in the NCAA Cross Country Championship last year, Nov. 20, in Apalachee State Park in Tallahassee, Fla. Hatinfield ran the 10K and placed 77 with a time of 29:59.9, where he became the second highest Eastern finisher in school history.

Hatfield breaks own record at Louisville Classic

Dylan Meek, Cross Country Reporter October 5, 2022

After setting the school record in the 8K at last year at the Louisville Classic, graduate student Dustin Hatfield did it again, finishing 5th out of 301 in the men’s race and breaking his record he...

The Eastern mens cross country team starts the race in the EIU Walt Crawford Open on Sept. 3 at the Tom Woodall Panther Trail. The team placed first overall in the event.

Cross country teams head to Louisville Classic

Dylan Meek, Cross Country Reporter September 30, 2022

The Eastern Illinois men's and women's cross country teams head to the Louisville Classic Saturday, Oct. 1st the men’s 8K begins at 9:30 a.m. and the women’s 5K begins at 10:15 a.m. It is one of...

Andrew Pilat, a graduate student studying exercise science, finishes out the final stretch in the Walt Crawford Open meet Friday afternoon at the Panther Trail. Pilat finished second with a time of 25:23.7 with an average mile time of 5:06.6.

Cross country teams place 2nd and 3rd in season opener

Maurice Phipps, Cross Country Reporter September 4, 2022

The Eastern men’s and women’s cross country teams had a strong showing at the Walt Crawford Open on Friday afternoon as they placed second and third, respectively.   Coach Erin Howarth said that...

Members of the Eastern mens cross country team begins the 8K race in the EIU Walt Crawford Open on Sept. 3, 2021, at the Tom Woodall Panther Trail. Both the mens and womens teams won the meet.

EIU cross country to begin season as they host the EIU Walt Crawford Open Friday

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor September 1, 2022

EIU, the defending Ohio Valley Conference cross country champion team, will begin their season Friday at home in the Walt Crawford Open hosted at the Tom Woodall Panther Trail. EIU returns this season...

Pitcher Olivia Price attempts to catch a line drive up the middle during the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon against SIUE. The Panthers won the game 6-5 in 11 innings, with Price picking up the win after pitching 8.1 shutout innings in relief.

Eastern athletics budget analysis, financial hurdles

Lauren Frick, Contributing Writer July 14, 2022

Financial difficulties have been at the forefront of EIU Athletic Director Tom Michael’s eight-year tenure. Michael has faced a substantial budget deficit, a nearly two-year-long budget impasse and the...

Eastern redshirt senior Dustin Hatfield (24) competes in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the EIU Big Blue Classic on April 1 and O’Brien Field. Hatfield did not finish the event, but set a school record in the 5,000 meters the previous week at the Raleigh Relays with a time of 13:53.21.

Naming DEN’s 2021-22 Athletes of the Year

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor April 20, 2022

1. Dustin Hatfield The name Dustin Hatfield can be found all over the Eastern track and field and cross country record books.  Hatfield had several school records in his crosshairs during the 2021 cross...

Hatfield headed to Nationals for cross country

Hatfield headed to Nationals for cross country

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor November 14, 2021

Dustin Hatfield's record-setting season for the men's cross country team is not over just yet.  It was announced Saturday that Hatfield was selected for the NCAA Cross Country National Championships...

Eastern runners Kate Bushue (32) and Lindsey Carlson (33) participate in the EIU Walt Crawford Open on Sept. 3 at the Tom Woodall Panther Trail. Both Bushue and Carlson earned first team All-OVC honors this season and Carlson won OVC Runner of the Year.

Cross country teams travel to Regionals

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor November 11, 2021

The season will continue for the Eastern men's and women's cross country teams as they compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday.  The men's team is coming off their second-straight OVC Championship...

The Eastern mens cross country team starts the race in the EIU Walt Crawford Open on Sept. 3 at the Tom Woodall Panther Trail. The team placed first overall in the event.

Men’s cross country team wins OVC

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor October 31, 2021

It was quite the weekend for the Eastern cross country teams.  The men's team won the OVC Championship for the second-straight season, and ninth time overall, Saturday morning in Nashville. The women's...

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