April 3, 2013

Eagles Set to Compete at All-Idaho Cup in Boise

Track and field to face off with some of the top Division I teams in Idaho, as well as Big Sky opponents Idaho State and Weber State

The Eastern Washington University track and field team will get a look at Big Sky Conference members for the second-straight weekend as it competes at the All-Idaho Cup Friday and Saturday (April 5-6) in Boise, Idaho.

“There are five very good programs coming to this meet and it’s at a new venue,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr, “The fields should be very competitive for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

The meet is being hosted by Boise State University at Dona Larsen Park, their brand new facility just built in the fall of 2012. Numerous schools from around the state of Idaho will be in attendance including Utah State, Northwest Nazarene and also Big Sky opponents Weber State and Idaho State.

“Both Weber State and Idaho State are very well-coached teams, so it sets the table for a solid preview,” said Kerr. “We both know the strengths of our programs and it will be great to see us match up with them.”

In Eastern’s most recent outing at the Al Manuel Invitational in Missoula, Mont., 10 Big Sky qualifying marks were attained. The Eagles currently have a total of 25 qualifying marks on the season, with 13 for the men and 12 for the women.

“The fact that we have 25 qualifying marks through just two meets is a really good sign of the strength of our team,” said Kerr. “Those who have posted qualifying marks will continue to improve and those numbers should keep growing.”

Competition at the All-Idaho Cup will be split up between Friday and Saturday. Friday’s action will consist of three track events and two field events, including the 400-meter hurdles, 1,500 meters, 200 meters, discus and javelin. The remainder of the events will be contested Saturday.

“Our athletes are continuing to get acclimated to the season,” said Kerr, “the competition at this meet will put them in a position to produce marks to get them to the conference championships.”

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: 13 (New: Six- Puccino/HJ,TJ, Michael, Nielsen, Buchanan, Humphrey)

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)

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: 12 (New: Four- Mahoney, Murillo, Tauvela, Taylor)

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 – 165-10 – 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 – 162-0 – Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Robin Taylor – Pole Vault – 12-9 1/2 – Blaine, Wash. (Blaine HS ’10)

RETURNING ALL-BIG SKY ATHLETES

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)

SEASON NOTES

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

TOP SEASON PERFORMANCES

Brad Wall – Sprints – Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ’08)
Wall won the 400 at the Dusty Lane Open with a Big Sky qualifying time of 47.95. He improved on that time at the Al Manuel Invite, running 47.72 and grabbing a second consecutive win. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 and freshman Anandae Clark sit in first and second on the conference performance list.

LINKS

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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