April 27, 2013

Eagles Notch Nine More Qualifying Marks in Spokane

Kellerman hits huge personal best in javelin, Mahoney qualifies in fifth event on the season 

The Eastern Washington University track and field team had multiple highlights at the Duane Hartman Invitational in Spokane, Wash., Friday and Saturday (April 26-27) as three throwers had top ten regional marks and nine more conference-qualifying marks were hit by Eastern athletes.

“We’re really starting to plug away and continue adding qualifiers to our total. So I’m overall pretty pleased,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg.

“I felt great about this weekend. Our athletes competed excellently in not the best of conditions,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr. “I’m absolutely thrilled with the marks we had.”

On the women’s side, senior Cora Kellerman fired off a big personal-best throw of 170-0 in the javelin to win the event overall. That performance skyrocketed Kellerman into second in school history, now only trailing school record holder Carolee Guitierrez, who had a throw of 175-7 in 2007. Her mark also currently ranks tenth in the nation and seventh in the Division I West Region at the moment.

Michelle Coombs, also a senior, reached a personal best in the javelin as well, getting off a throw of 164-9, ranking fourth in school history. She currently sits eight in the West Region with that mark.

“For Cora and Michelle, they really stepped it up and had marks that not only solidified them for regionals, it also puts them in the mix for nationals,” said Mecklenburg.

Katie Mahoney continued her stellar outdoor season, hitting Big Sky standards in three events over the weekend. In the 5,000 Friday, she won the event with a time of 17:14.91. That time qualifies her in both the 5,000 and 10,000 for the conference meet. Once again, she wasn’t done there, Mahoney also ran a time of 2:12.87 in the 800 Saturday, hitting yet another conference standard. The redshirt freshman is now qualified in five events on the season. With those performances, Mahoney also moved up in the top ten lists, now ranking third in the 800 and sixth in the 5,000 all-time at Eastern. 

“I’ve been absolutely pleased with Katie,” said Mecklenburg, “she’s really stepping it up this season and she definitely has a bright future ahead of her.”

Junior Martha Sanford ran a personal-best time of 1:04.17 in the 400 hurdles, booking her ticket to the BSC Championships. 

Freshman Sierra Arlauskas hit a mark of 37-8 3/4 in the triple jump, clearing the conference standard.

Morgan Romey qualified for the conference meet with a toss of 44-10 1/4 in the shot put.

“I was excited for Martha, Sierra and Morgan today,” said Mecklenburg, “each of them are adding depth to a different event area with those performances.”

For the men, sophomore Jordan Arakawa threw another personal best in the hammer, reaching a mark of 213-8 to win the event.

“Jordan had another great outing and he’s really getting prepared to make a mark at the championships,” said Kerr.

Sophomore Brad Michael ran a time of 21.59 in the 200, qualifying in his second event on the season. He was also close to hitting a qualifying mark in the 100, running 10.96 and just missing the standard of 10.90. With that time in the 200, Michael ranks ninth in school history.

“Brad had a terrific run and that will put him in a great position heading into the conference meet,” said Kerr.

Cody Fishel cleared the bar at a Big Sky qualifying height of 6-6 3/4 in the high jump.

Junior Phil Puccino qualified in his third jumping event on the season with a mark of 22-7 3/4 in the long jump. He is also qualified in the triple jump and high jump.

“Phil had a great day and it was awesome seeing him qualify in the long jump,” said Kerr. “He’s going to have a full load at conference now, but he’s certainly up to the challenge.”

Other Eastern athletes hitting season bests on the weekend included Angelica Rodriguez (56.28, 400m), Brad Wall (47.42, 400m) and Kramer Green (53.88, 400h). Nick Olsson also hit a personal best in the 400 with a time of 49.19, just off of hitting the standard of 48.80.

The Eagles now have 46 qualifying marks on the season with 23 on both the men’s and women’s sides. The 2013 BSC Outdoor Championship will be held on May 8-11 in Forest Grove, Ore.

Eastern will cap off the regular season next weekend at the Vandal Jamboree on May 4. It will be the last chance for Eagle athletes to reach qualifying marks prior to the conference meet.

“I’m really pleased with the individual and team efforts so far,” said Kerr. “It’s nice to see the dividends finally paying back with some great performances.”

“I think we’re pretty solid as of now as we approach the championships and begin tapering,” said Mecklenburg. “Those who haven’t qualified and have a shot should have an even better chance to do so. Those who have qualified will be prepared to do big things at the conference meet.”

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