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

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

The Daily Eastern News

Eastern freshman Riley Baker prepares to run in the EIU Big Blue Classic on March 30 at O’Brien Field. Eastern is traveling to Illinois on Saturday for a meet.

Riley Baker: From athlete to coach

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter January 22, 2024

Transitioning in from Bowling Green State University, first-year director of track and field James Gildon felt he needed someone to help bridge the gap between coach and athlete. Luckily for him,...

Zay Gentry, a junior defensive back (27), Runs the football back during kickoff return during Eastern Illinois University  Homecoming football game Saturday afternoon.

The student side of student athlete

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter January 17, 2024

The student portion of student athletes tends to be left aside by fans as college sports become more and more of a spectacle.  The reasoning behind this is valid. Our brains are not wired to think...

(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...

Members of the Eastern track team compete in the men’s mile at the John Craft Invitational on Jan. 15, 2022 in the Lantz Field House. Eastern’s Jamie Marcos (3) finished the race with a time of 4:12.83, placing first out of 18 runners.

Coach Gildon, Coach Baker start EIU careers at Early Bird track meet

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter December 10, 2023

First-year Director of Track and Field/Cross Country James Gildon coached his first track meet as director on Thursday. This was the Eastern Illinois Early Bird meet, which took place in the Lantz...

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...

Track athlete, accounting major dies Saturday

Track athlete, accounting major dies Saturday

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief October 31, 2021

Jason Aguilar, a sophomore accounting major and track athlete, died Saturday night. Coles County Coroner Ed Schniers said the cause of death is unknown at this time but an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday...

Portis breaks track record at Drake Relays

Kaitlin Cordes, Track and Field Reporter April 29, 2018

Senior Brion Portis broke the school triple jump record over the weekend, leaping 41 feet, 10 inches at the Drake Relays Saturday. Portis placed sixth overall in the event, and she beat the previous school...

Eastern sophomore Cedric Johnson runs the 110-meter hurdles on March 30 at the EIU Big Blue classic at O’Brien Field. Johnson ran the event in 15.85 seconds and placed in 5th.

Track, field headed to Western Kentucky

Kaitlin Cordes, Track and Field Reporter April 5, 2018

Inclement weather expected over the weekend forced the Eastern track and field team to head to Western Kentucky on Friday instead of its scheduled meet at Indiana State. A forecast of snow has pushed...

Eastern track and field coach Tom Akers leads the honorary walk around the track for his last home meet as coach Friday at O’Brien Field. The women’s track team placed third and the men’s team finished second in the EIU Big Blue Classic.

Record broken in Aker’s last home meet

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor April 1, 2018

Eastern junior Pedra Hicks setting the school record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.35 on Friday in the EIU Big Blue Classic, that was real. The men’s track and field team placing second...

Eastern track to start outdoor season at Carbondale

Alex Hartman, Track and Field Reporter March 22, 2018

A long lay off and time to reflect on the indoor season has Eastern track and field ready to begin the outdoor season this weekend. The team competed well throughout the indoor season as the men’s...

Track and field set to host OVC championship Friday

Alex Hartman, Track and Field Reporter February 22, 2018

The indoor track and field season reaches an end, as the Ohio Valley Conference Championship meet is Friday in Lantz Fieldhouse. On Feb. 16 at the Eastern Friday Night Special, the team built some good...

Knapp sets Eastern high jump indoor record

Alex Hartman, Track and Field/Cross Country Reporter January 16, 2018

Saturday’s track and field meet was highlighted by senior high jumper Haleigh Knapp setting the Eastern indoor record in the high jump with a height of 1.83 meters. The previous record, also held by...

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