Cheney, Wash. – Senior track and field student-athlete Morena Mannucci, sophomore tennis student-athlete Robert Dula and senior track and field student-athlete Phillip Puccino have been selected by the Eastern Washington University Athletics Department as its June Scholar-Athletes of the Month, the department announced Monday, June 1.
Hailing from Rome, Italy, Mannucci owns a 3.71 grade point average as a finance major. Dula is from Rijeck, Croatia, and sports a 3.8 GPA as a business major while Puccino, a Tacoma native, has a 3.05 GPA as a criminal justice major.
Mannucci claimed the triple jump title at the 2015 Big Sky Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Cheney on May 16, setting a new school record of 41-1 3/4 and winning the event by a foot and a half. She was one of 11 members of Eastern’s team to participate in the NCAA West Preliminaries this past weekend, finishing 33rd overall in the triple jump with a leap of 40-6.
Dula capped an impressive sophomore season on the tennis court with his second consecutive First Team All-Big Sky selection. He won nine singles matches during EWU’s spring season, playing in the No. 1 position every outing. He finished the year on a four-match winning streak while also teaming up with Eduardo Martinez to notch eight doubles victories.
Puccino claimed second place in the high jump at the 2015 Big Sky Outdoor Championships with a new personal best of 6-11, good for seventh all-time in school history. He also took third place in the triple jump with a mark of 48-3 1/2 and placed fifth in the long jump (23-6 3/4).
2014-15 EWU Scholar-Athletes
May - Emma Murillo (Track & Field), Jordan Arakawa (Track & Field)
April – Delaney Hodgins (Women’s Basketball), Trenton Osborn (Track & Field)
March – Hayley Hodgins (Women’s Basketball), Venky Jois (Men’s Basketball)
February – Lexie Nelson (Women’s Basketball), Tyler Harvey (Men’s Basketball)
January – Melissa Williams (Women’s Basketball), Vernon Adams (Football)
December – Jade Redmon (Women’s Basketball), Ronnie Hamlin (Football)
November – Nathalie Schwery (Women’s Soccer), Vince Hamilton (Cross Country)
October – Sarah Reiter (Cross Country), Mario Brown (Football)
September – Kelsey Julian (Volleyball), Blair Bomber (Football)