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CHARLESTON (EIU) — Prior to hosting the Ohio Valley Conference indoor track and field championships this weekend, Eastern Illinois senior Haleigh Knapp has earned OVC Field Athlete of the Year, as announced by the league office this morning (Feb. 22) in anticipation to the conference meet.

High jumper Knapp currently holds the 12th spot in the NCAA for her height of 6-00.50/ 1.84 meters. Knapp's height also ranks first in the EIU record book for the high jump. Knapp has had a strong 2017-18 season earning six first place finishes. Knapp looks to take her dominance in the high jump into the OVC track & field championships this weekend in the Lantz Fieldhouse.

Knapp previously secured the OVC Field Athlete of the week honors back on Jan. 17 and Jan. 31.

The EIU men and women wrap up the indoor regular-season this coming Friday-Saturday (Feb. 23-24), as the Panthers are set to entertain the rest of the OVC in the league championship meet inside their own Lantz Fieldhouse.

Male Awards

Track AOY: James Faison, TSU

Co-Field AOY: Tequan Claitt, EKU ; R'Lazon Brumfield, TSU

FOY: R'Lazon Brumfield, TSU

Female Awards

Track AOY: Micayla Rennick, TTU

Field AOY: Haleigh Knapp, EIU

FOY: Angel Horton, TSU

EIU football announces 2018 spring football schedule

CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois head football coach Kim Dameron has announced the Panthers spring football practice schedule which will begin on Tuesday, March 20 following Spring Break on the EIU campus. This year's Blue-White Spring Game will be played on Saturday, April 21 with a start time to be announced closer to the start of spring practice.

All practices will be at O'Brien Field and open to the public. Practices on Tuesday and Thursday will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. while Friday practices will be under the lights from 7 to 9 p.m.

EIU was 6-5 last season posting the third straight winning season for the program and fifth winning campaign in the last six years. EIU will open the 2018 season on Saturday, September 1 at Arkansas.

2018 EIU Spring Practice Schedule

Tuesday – March 20

Thursday –March 22

Friday – March 23

Tuesday – March 27

Thursday – March 29

Tuesday – April 3

Thursday – April 5

Friday – April 6

Tuesday – April 10

Thursday – April 12

Friday – April 13

Tuesday – April 17

Thursday – April 19

Friday – April 20

Saturday – April 21 (Spring Game)


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