Eastern Adds Another 10 Big Sky Qualifying Marks in Montana

Emma Murillo qualifies in third event on the season, Phil Puccino qualifies in two events

The Eastern Washington University track and field team brought it’s total of Big Sky Conference qualifying marks on the season up to 25 after adding 10 more at the Al Manuel Invitational Friday and Saturday (March 29-30) in Missoula, Mont.

Eastern’s men grabbed six qualifying marks at the meet, while the women attained four.

On the men’s side, Phil Puccino qualified for two events in his season debut, winning the triple jump with a leap of 47-11 1/4 and placing third in the high jump with a mark of 6-6 3/4. Both of the marks were personal bests for him.

Brad Wall and Brad Michael had a one-two sweep for the Eagles in the 400, with Wall running 47.72 and Michael clocking a time of 47.84. Michael’s time qualified him for the BSC Championships while Wall, who qualified at the Dusty Lane Open two weeks earlier, hit a season best.
The EWU men grabbed two qualifying marks in the hammer throw, as Zack Nielsen (183-5) and Jon Buchanan (180-9) each booked their tickets for the conference meet.

Cody Humphrey
, who is also a tight end for Eastern’s football team, got off a personal-best throw of 53-9 3/4 in the shot put to hit the Big Sky standard.

For the women, redshirt freshman Katie Mahoney made the most of her outdoor debut for the Eagles, running a time of 11:11.54 in the 3,000 steeplechase to qualify for the BSC Championships.
That time converts to 11:03.17, ranking her third in school history, just under a second off of the school record of 11:02.29.

Emma Murillo
qualified in her third event on the season, getting off a throw of 163-9 in the hammer to rank 10th in school history. Vania Tauvela also qualified in the event with a toss of 162-0.

Junior Robin Taylor made her outdoor season debut, qualifying in the pole vault with a jump of 12-9 1/2.

The Eagles also made a few more marks on the top ten all-time lists, beginning with Jordan Arakawa, who won the hammer throw with a personal best of 208-1 to rank second in school history, now only trailing school record holder David Paul (226-2, 2007).

Marlyn Anderson
had an outdoor personal-best of 55-1 in the shot put, now ranking him 10th all-time at Eastern.

Senior Kelly Downey ran a personal best of 57.00 in the 400 to rank seventh all-time. She joined Martha Sanford, Leiran Cornish and Angelica Rodriguez in the 4x400 relay, which ran a time of 3:55.41 to rank ninth in school history.

Eastern has attained 25 conference qualifying marks on the season. The men have hit 13 and the women have notched 12. The Big Sky Outdoor Championships will be held May 8-11 in Portland, Ore.

The next meet for the Eagles will be the All-Idaho Cup on Apr. 5-6, hosted by Boise State University.
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