Register staff report
Six members of the Eastern Kentucky University men’s track and field team competed at the Indiana Gladstein Invitational on Friday evening in Bloomington, Ind.
Senior Soufiane Bouchikhi, who sat out the Kentucky Invitational last weekend in Lexington, opened his final indoor campaign by running in the men’s mile invitational and finishing fourth with a time of 4:07.85. The time is tops in the Ohio Valley Conference so far this winter; however, it fell short of Bouchikhi’s personal best of 4:02.90, a school record which he ran at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational last season. The three runners who defeated Bouchikhi were all professionals, and all three nearly broke the four-minute mark.
Sophomore Thijs Nijhuis and junior Wade Meddles competed in the men’s mile. Nijhuis, the reigning OVC Male Track Athlete of the Week, improved on his time from last weekend by finishing second out of 40 competitors with a personal-best time of 4:08.39. Meddles, a cross country All-American in the fall, placed 10th in 4:14.97.
Three other Colonels competed in the men’s 3,000 meters. Freshman Mads Taersboel highlighted that race for EKU by finishing second out of 34 runners and improving on his previous OVC-best time of 8:24.57 with a time of 8:16.38. That time is just over a second from breaking into the school’s top-five list in that event.
Sophomore Sean Vandermosten, meanwhile, finished 10th in the 3,000 meters with a personal-best time of 8:28.42, while junior Adams Ronnoh placed 14th in 8:32.17.
The EKU track and field team returns to action next weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet at the Nutter Fieldhouse in Lexington.