CLEVELAND – Saving his best for the last race of the pre-championship season, Miami University senior distance runner Jarrod Eick was named Mid-American Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. The honor is the fifth of Eick’s career, but first this season.
Eick (Hartville, Ohio) recorded a personal best in the 1500m Friday at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University, as he placed sixth in the 1500m invitational run in 3:46.07. His time is the fastest 1500m time in the MAC this year as he automatically qualified for the MAC Championships. His time also ties for 41st in the East Region, which would qualify him for the NCAA East Preliminary Round should he remain in that spot. Eick remains sixth in school history in the 1500m despite improving his previous best by 0.25 seconds. He was running in a field of 15 in the invitational final and was fourth among collegiate finishers behind two Kentucky runners and one from Indiana, while he finished ahead of several Indiana runners as well. He was within two seconds of winning the race in the tightly-packed field.
Eick is the second RedHawk on the men’s track and field team to win a MAC weekly award this season, joining freshman high jumper Peter Stefanski (Aurora, Ill.), who garnered the award March 26 after the opening meet of the season.
Eick has earned a total of eight MAC weekly honors in his career, also claiming three in cross country for MAC Runner of the Week, winning once each as a sophomore, junior and senior. He picked up his other MAC Track Athlete of the Week awards as a sophomore and junior, winning twice each season.
Eick returns to the track this weekend at the MAC Championships in Akron, Ohio, as he runs both the 1500m and the 5000m on Saturday. The entire Miami men’s track and field team will be in action beginning Thursday, with the MAC Championships concluding on Saturday.