The Eastern men’s and women’s track and field teams came up short in their quest for another Ohio Valley Conference championship, as they both placed second.

The men’s team had won five straight indoor titles, but was defeated by Southeast Missouri, which beat Eastern in total points 161 to 144.

Calvin Edwards led the men’s team with a pair of wins in the 200 and 400-meter dashes. The OVC Male Athlete of the Year won the 200 with a time of 21.53, and the 400 with a time of 48.04. He also competed as the anchor 4x400m relay team that placed third with a time of 3:17.81.

Christian Kolb, Daniel Trevor and Derrick Williamson were also a part of that squad.

Pablo Ramirez continued a stellar season with a win in the 5000m race. He finished with a time of 14:37.58, just two seconds ahead of Eastern Kentucky’s Wade Meddles and Ambrose Maritim.

The men’s pole vault was once again a close contest, with Eastern gaining to spots on the final podium. Mick Viken capped off his senior indoor season with a first place finish, with a height of 17-feet, 4.25-inches.

Viken was followed by Southeast Missouri’s Christian Locke and Eastern’s Peter Geraghty, who finished with a mark of 16’4.75”.

The Panthers also grabbed a win in the women’s pole vault. Junior Sadie Lovett made her first appearance at the podium, with a mark of 11’11.75”.

The final four athletes in this contest all cleared that mark, but Lovett was given the win because of having the fewest number of attempts.

Dhiaa Dean walked away with both a first-place and third-place finish. She won the 800m race with a time of 2:12.90.

She took the third place as a part of 4x400m relay team that included Amina Jackson, Cassidy Strohl and Ashley Fouch. They finished with a time of 3:53.53.

Freshman Emily Brelsfoard won the 5000m race. She finished with a time of 17:36.69.

Tennessee State captured the women’s title with a total of 144 points. They were followed by the Panthers with 96 points.

The Panthers will not a have meet this week. They will return to action March 14-15 for the NCAA Championships at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.





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