April 10, 2013

Track and Field Heading to Two Separate Meets This Weekend

Eastern will send 16 competitors to Las Vegas, Nev., while the remainder of the team competes at the WAR VI in Spokane

The Eastern Washington University track and field team will have two different destinations this weekend as it sends a few select athletes to the UNLV Randall Cunningham Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., Friday and Saturday (April 12-13). The majority of the team will stay close to home for the WAR VI in Spokane, Wash., on April 13.

EWU will take athletes with regional qualifying caliber to the Randall Cunningham Invite in hopes of them hitting a mark or time that ranks in the top 48 in the Division I West Region.

“The Vegas crew for us has achieved the performances they need to get to conference,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr, “but now it’s more about achieving some technical development that’s going to allow them to advance beyond conference.”

Eastern is sending eight male competitors to Las Vegas including Marlyn Anderson (shot put, discus), Jordan Arakawa (hammer, discus), Jon Buchanan (shot put, hammer), Brad Michael (400), Zack Nielsen (hammer), Joey Payne (javelin), Phil Puccino (triple jump, high jump) and Brad Wall (400).

They will also send eight on the women’s side with Anandae Clark (pole vault), Michelle Coombs (javelin), Cora Kellerman (javelin), Olivia Midles (hammer), Keisa Monterola (pole vault), Emma Murillo (discus, hammer, javelin), Vania Tauvela (discus, hammer) and Robin Taylor (pole vault) each scheduled to compete in Vegas.

“The main goal of the Randall Cunningham Invite is to get our athletes into an atmosphere of a higher level of competition and a climate that’s going to replicate what we’re looking for down the road,” said Kerr.

The remainder of the team will compete in the sixth-annual WAR, which is hosted by the Community Colleges of Spokane and scored as a dual meet between Washington schools against other surrounding states combined.  

“There will be a pretty loaded field at the WAR,” said Kerr, “Across the board there will be a great chance for individuals to really step forward and hit some great marks.”

The Eagles have totaled 29 Big Sky Conference qualifying marks on the season, with 16 for the men and 13 for the women. The BSC Outdoor Championships, which are now just a month away, will be held in Portland, Ore., on May 8-11.

“For some athletes there isn’t necessarily a sense of panic, but there is certainly a sense of urgency to reach their season goals of qualifying for the conference meet,” said Kerr.

Athletes in the hammer throw at the Randal Cunningham Invitational will compete Friday at 2 p.m. The meet will resume in Vegas Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Action at the WAR VI will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Men’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 8-11– Portland, Ore.
NCAA Championships Preliminary Round – May 23-25 – Austin, Texas
NCAA Championships – June 5-8 – Eugene, Ore.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 16 (New: Three- Wall 200, Buchanan SP, Humphrey DT)

Steven Warner – 110 hurdles – 14.48 – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Brad Wall
– 400 meters – 47.72 – Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ‘08)
Kramer Green – 400 hurdles – 54.85 – Buckley, Wash. (White River HS ’10)
Jordan Arakawa – Hammer Throw – 208-1 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Marlyn Anderson – Shot Put – 55-1 – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS ’09)
Joey Payne – Javelin – 205-9 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)
Nick Stearns – Pole Vault – 15-5 – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
Phil Puccino – High Jump – 6-6 3/4 – Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ’10/Coffeyville CC)
Phil Puccino – Triple Jump – 47-11 1/4 – Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ’10/Coffeyville CC)
Brad Michael – 400 meters – 47.84 – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Zack Nielsen – Hammer Throw – 183-5 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Jon Buchanan – Hammer Throw – 180-9 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Cody Humphrey – Shot Put – 53-9 3/4 – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’09)
Brad Wall – 200 meters – 21.88 – Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ’08)
Jon Buchanan
– Shot Put – 53-11 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Cody Humphrey – Discus – 157-5 – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’09)

Women’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 8-11– Portland, Ore.
NCAA Championships Preliminary Round – May 23-25 – Austin, Texas
NCAA Championships – June 5-8 – Eugene, Ore.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 13 (New: One- Mannucci TJ)

Michelle Coombs – Javelin – 146-5 – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’08)
Cora Kellerman – Javelin – 143-5 – La Conner, Wash. (La Conner HS ’08)
Kacie Seims – Javelin – 137-3 – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’12)
Emma Murillo – Javelin – 134-10 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Emma Murillo – Discus Throw – 141-8 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – 12-3 1/2 – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
Olivia Midles – Hammer Throw – 175-10 – Olympia , Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Elise Jepsen – High Jump – 5-5 – Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin HS ’09)
Katie Mahoney – 3,000 Steeplechase - 11:03.52 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Emma Murillo – Hammer Throw – 163-9 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Vania Tauvela – Hammer Throw – 163-7 – Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Robin Taylor – Pole Vault – 12-9 1/2 – Blaine, Wash. (Blaine HS ’10)
Morena Mannucci – Triple Jump – 37-9 1/4 – Rome, Italy (Anco Marzio HS ’10)


The following Eagle athletes have earned All-Big Sky Conference honors (top three finish) in previous Big Sky Conference track and field championships (indoors and outdoors):

Jonathan Buchanan – (2011 Indoors: 3rd in shot put)
Brad Michael – (2013 Indoors: 2nd in 400;2012 Outdoors: 3rd in 400; 2012 Indoors: 2nd in 400, 3rd in 200)
Zack Nielsen – (2012 Indoors: 3rd in weight throw)
Michael Okoro (2011 Outdoors: Champion in 200)
Phillip Puccino – (2012 Indoors: 3rd in triple jump)
Nick Stearns – (2012 Indoors: 3rd in pole vault)
Brad Wall – (2012 Indoors: 3rd in 400; 2011 Outdoors: Champion in 400; 2011 Indoors: Champion in 400; 2010 Outdoors: Champion in 400)
Steven Warner (2012 Outdoors: 3rd in 110 hurdles; 2012 Indoors: Champion in 60 hurdles)
4x400 Relay (2011 Outdoors: 3rd/Michael Okoro, Kramer Green, Collin Green, Brad Wall; 2012 Indoors: Champion/Collin Green, Michael Okoro, Brad Michael, Brad Wall)
4x100 Relay (2011 Outdoors: 2nd/Alex Flores, Michael Okoro, Kurt Williams, Brad Wall)
Jordan Arakawa – (2013 Indoors: 2nd in weight throw)
Marlyn Anderson – (2013 Indoors: 3rd in shot put)

Michelle Coombs – (2012 Outdoors: 2nd in Javelin; 2009 Outdoors: Champion in Javelin)
Keisa Monterola  - (2012 Outdoors: Champion in pole vault; 2012 Indoors: Champion in pole vault)
Olivia Midles – (2011 Outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw)
Brianna Okoro - (2011 Outdoors: 3rd in long jump; 2010 Outdoors: Champion in 200, 3rd in 100, 3rd in long jump)
Robin Taylor – (2012 Outdoors: 2nd in pole vault)
Elise Jepsen – (2012 Outdoors: 3rd in high jump)
4x400 Relay – (2012 Indoors: 2nd/Whitney Leavitt, Nicole Nida, Angelica Rodriguez, Chelsea Lawhead)
Emma Murillo – (2013 Indoors: 3rd in weight throw)


Big Sky Conference Preseason Polls  Voting is calculated with each team receiving 11 points for a first place vote, 10 points for a second place vote, etc. Coaches are allowed to vote for their respective teams. Below are the final results with the number of first place votes in parenthesis.

Men's Poll 

Team, Points
Northern Arizona, 120 – (10 first-place votes)
Montana State, 104 – (one first-place vote)
Sacramento State, 97
Weber State, 94
Southern Utah, 66
Montana, 59
Eastern Washington, 57
Idaho State, 55
Northern Colorado, 27
North Dakota, 24
Portland State, 23

Women's Poll 

Team, Points
Sacramento State, 119 – (nine first-place votes)
Portland State, 96 – (one first-place vote)
Weber State, 82
Montana State, 82
Idaho State, 78
Northern Arizona, 75 (one first-place vote)
Southern Utah, 66
Montana, 53
Eastern Washington, 41
Northern Colorado, 21
North Dakota, 16


Brad Wall – Sprints – Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ’08)
Wall has qualified in two events on the season. His season best of 47.72 in the 400 came at the Al Manuel Invitational, where he placed first. He qualified in the 200 at the All-Idaho Cup with a time of 21.88.  Wall is the school record holder (46.67) and a three-time conference champion in the 400.

Steven Warner – Hurdles – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Warner ran a time of 14.48 in the 110 hurdles at the Al Manuel Invitational to place second. He qualified for the event two weeks earlier at the Dusty Lane Open. Warner was third in the event at the 2012 BSC Outdoor Championships.

Jordan Arakawa – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Arakawa broke the 200-feet mark for the first time in his career, hitting a mark of 208-1 in the hammer throw at the Al Manuel Invite to place first. That mark sits atop the conference and ranks second in school history. He was named men’s field athlete of the week by the Big Sky for the week of April 2.

Marlyn Anderson – Throws – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS ’09)
Anderson hit an outdoor personal best in the shot put at the Al Manuel Invitational, getting off a toss of 55-1 to rank 10th in school history. He was third indoors in the event with a personal-best toss of 56-11 1/4.

Kramer Green – Sprints/Hurdles – Buckley, Wash. (White River HS ’10)
Green qualified for the BSC Championships in the 400 hurdles, running a time of 54.85 at the Dusty Lane Open to place second. He improved on that time at the All-Idaho Cup, running 54.76.

Joey Payne – Throws – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)
In his first meet as an Eagle at the Dusty Lane Open, freshman Payne got off a throw of 205-9 in the javelin to qualify for the BSC Championships.

Nick Stearns – Pole Vault – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
At the Dusty Lane Open, Stearns cleared the bar at 15-5 in the pole vault, fulfilling the conference standard and placing second in the event.

Phil Puccino – Jumps - Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ’10/Coffeyville CC)
Puccino, coming off of a redshirt season indoors, qualified in two events in his first meet back with the Eagles. He had personal bests in both the triple jump (47-11 1/4) and high jump (6-6 3/4).

Brad Michael – Sprints - Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Michael took part of an Eastern one, two sweep in the 400 with teammate Brad Wall at the Al Manuel Invite, running 47.84 to place second and book his ticket to the BSC Championships.

Zack Nielsen – Throws - Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Nielsen hit a Big Sky qualifying mark in the hammer throw at the Al Manuel Invitational, getting off a throw of 183-5 to place third overall.

Cody Humphrey – Throws - Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’09)
Humphrey hit a big personal best of 53-9 3/4 in the shot put at the Al Manuel Invite, a mark that now ranks fourth among the Big Sky. He qualified in the discus at the Sam Adams Classic with a toss of 157-5.

Jon Buchanan – Throws - Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Buchanan, the captain of the throws, hit the conference standard in the hammer throw with a toss of 180-9 at the Al Manuel Invitational. He also hit the Big Sky standard in the shot put at the All-Idaho Cup, getting off a throw of 53-11 to win the event and set a facility record.

Men’s 4x400 relay (Kramer Green, Collin Green, Brad Michael, Brad Wall)
The group of Greens/Brads ran away with the win in the 4x400 relay at the All-Idaho Cup, clocking a time of 3:12.44. That time sits first in the conference this season and also ranks fourth in school history.

Michelle Coombs – Throws – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’08)
Coombs, competing in her final season for EWU, qualified for the BSC Championships in the javelin with a throw of 146-5 at the Dusty Lane Open. She was second in the event at last year’s championships.

Cora Kellerman – Throws – La Conner, Wash. (La Conner HS ’08)
Bringing her talents over from the volleyball team at Eastern,  Kellerman qualified for the BSC Championships in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 143-5 at the Dusty Lane Open.

Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
The true freshman opened up her first outdoor season as an Eagle with a Big Sky qualifying mark of 12-3 1/2 in the pole vault at the Dusty Lane Open. She placed first with that mark and also moved into sixth all-time at Eastern.

Emma Murillo – Throws – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Murillo has qualified for the BSC Championships in three different events including the discus, javelin and hammer throw. She hit season bests in each of those events at the Al Manuel Invite with throws of 143-0 in the discus, 163-9 in the hammer and 142-10 in the javelin.

Kacie Seims – Throws – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’12)
Competing in the red and white for the first time , Seims hit a Big Sky qualifying mark in the javelin with a throw of 137-3 at the Dusty Lane Open.

Olivia Midles – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
After qualifying for the BSC Championships two weeks earlier in the hammer throw, Midles hit a season best of 173-2 at the Al Manuel Invitational.

Elise Jepsen – Jumps – Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin HS ’09)
The senior qualified in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-5 to place second in the Dusty Lane Open.

Katie Mahoney – Distance - Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
In Mahoney’s very first outdoor meet as an Eagle, she nearly broke the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running a time of 11:03.52 to rank third in EWU school history, just over a second behind the school record of 11:02.29. At the All-Idaho Cup, she came close to qualifying in both the 1,500 (4:38.46) and 800 (2:16.42), but still walked away with some top ten marks (10th- 800, ninth-1,500).

Vania Tauvela – Throws - Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Tauvela qualified for the BSC Championships in the hammer, having a throw of 162-0 at the Al Manuel Invitational. She hit a personal best of 163-7 at the All-Idaho Cup.

Robin Taylor – Pole Vault - Blaine, Wash. (Blaine HS ’10)
Taylor won the pole vault at the Al Manuel Invitational, clearing the bar at 12-9 1/2 to qualify for the BSC Championships. With that mark, Taylor sits atop the conference.

Morena Mannucci – Jumps – Rome, Italy (Anco Marzio HS ’10)
Mannucci, who is coming off a redshirt season indoors, qualified for the triple jump in her second meet back with the Eagles, getting a jump of 37-9 1/4 at the All-Idaho Cup.


PDF Link to Fact Book: http://www.goeags.com/sports/c-track/2012-13/Files/2012-13TFFactBook.pdf
EWU Track and Field - http://goeags.com/sports/c-track/index
Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field - http://www.bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?path=otf&
NCAA Track and Field - http://www.ncaa.com
Big Sky Direct Athletics Performance List - http://www.directathletics.com/leagues/track/63.html
TFRRS- Track & Field Results Reporting System - http://www.tfrrs.org
USTFCCCA- U.S. Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association - http://www.ustfccca.org/

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