Tuesday, June 28 2022

Athletics set for final tune-up ahead of ASUN Championships

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University track and field teams will wrap up the regular season by competing in the University of Louisville Clark Wood Invitational this weekend.

all american Ahmed Jazirimeanwhile, will run the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Friday night in Stanford, Calif.

The Clark Wood Invitational kicks off at Owsley B. Frazier Cardinal Park with events on the grounds at 11 a.m. Friday. Track races start at 4:30 p.m. The competition resumes on Saturday at 10.15 a.m. and will end with the 4×400 meter relays around 4.30 p.m.

Admission is free and open to spectators.

The Colonels are coming off strong performances at the Virginia Challenge and the Kentucky Invitational this past weekend. Jone Zabaleta Larranaga ran 16:02.5 in the 5,000 meters in Virginia. This time is No. 2 in EKU history and just over three seconds off the school record. He also currently ranks No. 2 in the ASUN and No. 28 in the NCAA East Region this season.

Laura Taborda, Madison Flemingand Ahmed Sayf Kadri highlighted the action on the track in Kentucky. Taborda dropped her personal best in the women’s 1,500 meters to 4:24.52. This time places her at No. 2 in ASUN this season. Fleming finished fifth in the women’s 100-meter hurdles final, dropping a personal best 13.76. This time is ASUN’s No. 3 this season, and it ties Fleming for fifth all-time at EKU.

Sayf Kadri, meanwhile, won the men’s 1,500 meters at Lexington in a personal best 3:46.65. This time is the fastest by a freshman in ASUN this season, and he ranks No. 6 overall. It is also the fastest metric mile achieved by a Colonel since 2015.

Jaziri is the reigning ASUN Track Male Athlete of the Week after running 8:39.4 in the Virginia Challenge 3,000-meter steeplechase. This time ranks No. 4 in the NCAA East Region and No. 9 in the nation. He will look to improve on Friday night at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational.

His race is scheduled to begin around 10:55 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on Flotrack.

Jaziri – from Rades, Tunisia – is the EKU steeplechase record holder (8:32.9), and he finished 10and at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last June in Eugene, Oregon.

Track teams have the next weekend before competing at the ASUN Outdoor Championships May 12-14 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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