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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 record of 41’9.75” set by Ronesha Franklin in 2005. Portis’s record-setting jump landed h...

Track, field headed to Western Kentucky

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.

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 the meet to just one day with events beginning at 9 a.m. and wrapping up around 1:30 p.m. Western...

Record broken in Aker’s last home meet

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.

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 and the women coming in third, that was also real. The fact that this would be long-time coach Tom...

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 team placed second in conference and the women's placed third. Last outdoor season, the women won their 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 momentum heading into the final meet of the indoor season as the men finished in first place and t...

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 her was 1.82 meters. She also owns the outdoor high-jump school record. Knapp’s outdoor high jump record ...

Transfer Student Pedra Hicks ready for indoor season

Alex Hartman, Track and Field/Cross Country Reporter

December 7, 2017

The Eastern track team took a slight blow as they lost a handful of star athletes this season, but Eastern did add a few new competitors that will look to fill in the holes and compete at a high level. One of these new additions to the team is a junior transfer student Pedra Hicks. “There are a b...

Eastern track welcoming new talent

Tom O'Connor, Track and Field Reporter

December 7, 2017

The Eastern track and field team will head for the starting line to kick off the 2018 season, with five teams expected to compete for the Early Bird track tournament at Lantz Field House Friday. As the storied 2016-17 season effectuated successful returns, the baton has been handed off to the next group, rel...

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