Eagles See Several Improved Marks in Seattle

Vania Tauvela moves up to third all-time in school history in weight throw

The Eastern Washington University track and field team continued competition Saturday (Jan. 26) at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Wash., adding a number of improved season marks as well as another Big Sky qualifying mark to the team’s impressive weekend.

“We accomplished what we came here to do and that was getting qualifying marks and just continuing to improve,” said women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenburg, “They responded well to the competition too.”

Vania Tauvela got off a personal-best toss of 58-8 1/2 in the weight throw to rank third all-time at Eastern and placed sixth overall at the meet. That mark also puts Tauvela atop of the Big Sky performance list, pending other results from around the conference this weekend.

“I was really pleased to see Vania finally pop off a big throw,” said Mecklenburg, “She looked great in her warm-ups and I was happy for her getting that mark.”

In the men’s shot put, Jon Buchanan had an indoor personal-best toss of 53-0, qualifying him for the Big Sky Championships. Marlyn Anderson had a personal-best, getting off a throw of 53-7 1/2 and placing fourth overall. Cody Humphrey threw his personal-best as well, hitting a mark of 50-11 and inching him closer to the qualifying mark of 51-10.

“Those guys really stepped it up and competed,” said Mecklenburg, “We’ve been training really hard and haven’t even begun to taper yet, so it was great to see them have a big performance.”

Sophomore Katie Mahoney nearly qualified for conference in the mile, running a time of 5:01.48 and just missing the standard of 5:01. Mahoney, who already has the fourth-fastest time in school history, was also a mere .14 seconds from moving into the third spot on the top ten list (5:01.34).

“Katie did great and ran a personal-best,” said Mecklenburg, “Anytime you can run a personal-best, you know your training is working and that conference mark is going to come for her soon.”

Zack Nielsen and Jordan Arakawa both hit season-bests in the weight throw, hitting marks of 58-11 and 58-6 1/2, respectively.

After adding seven qualifying marks in competition Friday and getting one more Saturday, the Eagles have a total of 16 qualifying marks attained with 11 on the men’s side and five for the women.

“We have a crew of athletes that haven’t qualified yet but are more than capable of it,” said Mecklenburg, “We’ll hit the track hard next week and keep working away towards getting those standards.”

Eastern will head to the University of Idaho next weekend for the Vandal Indoor on Feb. 1 and the Vandal Collegiate on Feb. 2.

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