Eagles Grab Six Big Sky Qualifying Marks at Candy Cane V

Eastern men defeat Montana 45-30, Eagle women fall to Grizzlies 61-36

The Eastern Washington University track and field teams started off the indoor season Saturday (Dec.8) by nabbing six qualifiers for the Big Sky Indoor Conference Championships at the Fifth Annual Candy Cane Invite in Cheney, Wash.

On the men’s side, senior Marlyn Anderson  qualified in the shot put after taking first at the meet with a toss of 52-8 3/4. The Eagles had two qualifiers in the weight throw, including Zack Nielsen and Jordan Arakawa, who took first and second with marks of 56-10 3/4 and 55-11 3/4, respectively.

For the women, Eastern grabbed three qualifiers in its specialty, the pole vault. Keisa Monterola took first with a vault of 12-9 1/2. Freshman Anandae Clark made the most of her debut, clearing the bar at 12-3 1/2. Robin Taylor had a mark of 11-9 3/4, also qualifying her for the BSC Championships.

The men had a total of six event winners on the day, including freshman Kris Durr in the long jump, who had a mark of 22-7, just missing the qualifying standard of 22-7 3/4. Sophomore Brad Michael placed first in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.64. Nick Stearns won both the pole vault (14-11) and the 55-meter hurdles (8.10).

Other top performances at the meet came from senior Whitney Leavitt, who placed second in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.33. She was followed closely by Kasey McNeill, who placed fourth in 7.35. Vania Tauvela finished second in the weight throw with a mark of 53-01. Elise Jepsen took second in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-3.

Freshman Jozie Kimes got her first taste of the pentathlon Friday (Dec. 7), placing third with a score of 2,897. Her best score came in the high jump, where she had a mark of 5-3 3/4 to score 759 points, missing the qualifying mark in the open high jump by just over an inch (5-5).

In dual scoring, the Eastern men prevailed over Montana 45-30. The Grizzly women defeated Eastern 61-36.

The Eagles will take over a month off with their next meet being the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle, Wash., on Jan. 11-12.

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