Eagles Have One More Shot to Qualify at Vandal Jamboree

Eastern looks to add to its list of 46 qualifying marks in final meet prior to Big Sky Championships

Opportunity is knocking one final time for the Eastern Washington University track and field team as it competes at the Vandal Jamboree Friday and Saturday (May 3-4) at the Dan O’Brien Track and Field Complex in Moscow, Idaho. It will be the last chance for the Eagles to reach Big Sky Conference qualifying marks.

With the Big Sky Championships just over a week away, many Eastern athletes will attempt to book their tickets to the meet by hitting a conference standard. They can also make the cut by positioning themselves in the top 20 on the conference performance list.

“We have some athletes who haven’t qualified yet but are well within range,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg, “That is really what this meet is about, giving our athletes one more chance.”

The majority of the Eagles that have already hit qualifying standards will take the weekend off in order to taper and gear up for the BSC Championships. Those competing will look to get a final tune up.

“Some of our qualifiers will still compete that just want one more opportunity to move up on the performance list,” said Mecklenburg. “Those not competing are tapering and are set in a very good position in the conference.”

EWU has managed to get 46 qualifying marks on the season, with 23 on both the men’s and women’s sides. There are also 30 women and 23 men for Eastern who currently sit in the top 20 in their event(s). The conference meet will be contested May 8-11 in Forest Grove, Ore.

“This is the last opportunity for everyone in the conference to get marks, so there’s going to be a lot of movement on the lists,” said Mecklenburg. “In addition to qualifying, the top 20 can go and we have a lot of athletes in reach of that. It will be an interesting weekend to see what pans out around the conference and where we will stand.”

The men’s and women’s hammer will take place Friday at 1 p.m. The remainder of the meet will occur Saturday, with field events beginning at noon and track events starting at 3 p.m.

“Idaho is a really fun place to compete and it’s a great facility with a favorable setup,” said Mecklenburg. “I think we’ll come out of there with some really good marks.”

Men’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 8-11– Forest Grove, 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: 23 (New: Three- Michael 200, Puccino LJ, Fishel HJ)

Steven Warner – 110 hurdles – 14.48 – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Brad Wall
– 400 meters – 47.42 – Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ‘08)
Kramer Green – 400 hurdles – 53.88 – Buckley, Wash. (White River HS ’10)
Jordan Arakawa – Hammer Throw – 213-8 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Marlyn Anderson – Shot Put – 56-6 3/4 – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS ’09)
Joey Payne – Javelin – 205-9 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)
Nick Stearns – Pole Vault – 15-5 3/4 – 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 – 47.69 – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Zack Nielsen – Hammer Throw – 191-1 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Jon Buchanan – Hammer Throw – 186-9 – 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)
Shaun Lemafa – Hammer Throw – 175-2 – Auburn, Wash. (Auburn HS ’09/Clackamas CC)
Jaime Alnassim – Hammer Throw – 181-7 – Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS ‘10/Spokane CC)
Max Pratt – Javelin – 191-9 – Auburn, Wash. (Auburn HS ’11)
Jake Clizbe – Long Jump – 22-11 3/4 – Kalama, Wash. (Kalama HS ’12)
Brad Michael – 200 meters – 21.59 – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Phil Puccino – Long Jump – 22-7 3/4 – Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ‘10/Coffeyville CC)
Cody Fishel – High Jump – 6-6 3/4 – Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)

Women’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 8-11– Forest Grove, Ore.
NCAA Championships Preliminary Round – May 23-25 – Austin, Texas
NCAA Championships – June 5-8 – Eugene, Ore.
School Records Broken: Katie Mahoney- 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:36.16)
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 23 (New: Six-  Mahoney 800/5K/10K, Sanford 400H, Arlauskas TJ, Romey SP)

Michelle Coombs – Javelin – 164-9 – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’08)
Cora Kellerman – Javelin – 170-0 – La Conner, Wash. (La Conner HS ’08)
Kacie Seims – Javelin – 137-3 – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’12)
Emma Murillo – Javelin – 142-10 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Emma Murillo – Discus Throw – 149-6 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – 12-3 1/2 – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
Olivia Midles – Hammer Throw – 178-4 – Olympia , Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Elise Jepsen – High Jump – 5-5 – Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin HS ’09)
Katie Mahoney – 3,000 Steeplechase – 10:36.16 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Emma Murillo – Hammer Throw – 171-10 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Vania Tauvela – Hammer Throw – 167-3 – Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Robin Taylor – Pole Vault – 12-10 1/4 – Blaine, Wash. (Blaine HS ’10)
Morena Mannucci – Triple Jump – 37-9 1/4 – Rome, Italy (Anco Marzio HS ’10)
Angelica Rodriguez – 400 meters – 56.28 – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’10)
Katie Mahoney – 1,500 meters – 4:33.04 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Berenice Penaloza – 10,000 meters – 37:29.84 – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS ’11)
Keisa Monterola – Pole Vault – 12-1 1/2 – Caracus, Venezuela (Licro-Caracas HS ‘06/Clackamas CC)
Katie Mahoney – 5,000 meters – 17:14.91 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Katie Mahoney – 10,000 meters – (Qualified in 5,000) – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Katie Mahoney – 800 meters – 2:12.87 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Martha Sanford – 400 hurdles – 1:04.17 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’10)
Sierra Arlauskas – Triple Jump – 37-8 3/4 – Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS ’12)
Morgan Romey – Shot Put – 44-10 1/4 – Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS ’11)

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

Jordan Arakawa – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Arakawa has broken the 200-feet mark in the hammer throw at three different meets this season (213-8 Duane Hartman, 211-1 UNLV Randall Cunningham, 208-1 Al Manuel). 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 and April 16.

Brad Wall – Sprints – Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ’08)
Wall has qualified in two events on the season. His season best of 47.42 in the 400 came at the Duane Hartman Invitational, where he placed second. 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.

Marlyn Anderson – Throws – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS ’09)
Anderson hit an outdoor personal best in the shot put at the UNLV Randall Cunningham Invite, getting off a toss of 56-6 3/4 to rank fifth 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 Duane Hartman Invitational with a 53.88.

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. He cleared a season-best height of 15-5 3/4 at the Beach Invitational.

Phil Puccino – Jumps - Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ’10/Coffeyville CC)
Puccino, coming off of a redshirt season indoors, has qualified in three jumping events. He had personal bests in both the triple jump (47-11 1/4) and high jump (6-6 3/4) at the Al Manuel Invitational. Puccino also had a mark of 22-7 3/4 in the long jump at the Duane Hartman Invitational.

Brad Michael – Sprints - Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Michael took first in the 400 at the UNLV Randall Cunningham Invite, running a season-best time of 47.69. He also qualified in the 200, running a time of 21.59 to rank ninth in school history.

Zack Nielsen – Throws - Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Nielsen hit a personal best in the hammer throw at the Duane Hartman Invitational, reaching a distance of 191-1 to place third.

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, has qualified in two events this season. He hit a personal best of 186-9 in the hammer throw at the Duane Hartman Invitational. Buchanan also had a season best toss of 53-11 in the shot put at the All-Idaho Cup.

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 second in the conference this season and also ranks fourth in school history.

Jaime Alnassim – Throws – Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS ’10/Spokane CC)
Competing as the lone Eagle at the WWU Ralph Vernacchia Invite, Alnassim cleared the Big Sky standard in the hammer with a toss of 181-7.

Shaun Lemafa – Throws – Auburn, Wash. (Auburn HS ‘09/Clackamas CC)
Lemafa qualified for the BSC Championships in the hammer throw with a mark of 175-2 at the WAR VI.

Max Pratt – Throws – Auburn, Wash. (Auburn HS ’11)
After flirting with the Big Sky standard for the javelin in the previous two competitions, Pratt reached it at the WAR VI with a throw of 188-5, placing eighth. He hit a new personal best of 191-9 at the Duane Hartman Invitational.

Jake Clizbe – Jumps – Kalama, Wash. (Kalama HS ’12)
Clizbe had a Big Sky qualifying mark of 22-11 3/4 in the long jump at the Whitworth Twilight Meet, winning the event overall.

Cody Fishel – Jumps – Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Fishel cleared the bar at 6-6 3/4 in the high jump at the Duane Hartman Invitational, placing first and qualifying for the BSC Championship.

Cora Kellerman – Throws – La Conner, Wash. (La Conner HS ’08)
Bringing her talents over from the volleyball team at Eastern,  Kellerman fired off a huge personal best of 170-0 in the javelin at the Duane Hartman Invitational, crushing her previous best of 143-6. The senior out of La Conner High School now ranks second in school history only behind school record holder Carolee Gutierrez (175-7). With that mark, Kellerman now sits atop the conference and also ranks seventh in the Division I West Region and 10th in the nation.

Michelle Coombs – Throws – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’08)
Coombs, competing in her final season for EWU, threw a personal best of 164-9 in the javelin at the Duane Hartman Invitational, ranking her fourth in school history. She sits second in the conference, eighth in the Division I West Region and 14th in the nation with that performance.

Katie Mahoney – Distance - Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Competing in her first outdoor season for the Eagles, Mahoney shattered the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running a time of 10:36.16 at the Mt. SAC Relays. The previous record of 11:02.29 was set by Holly Evans in 2005. Mahoney has also qualified in each of the other four distance events.  She qualified in the 1,500, running a personal best of 4:33.04 at the Beach Invitational to rank sixth in school history. At the Duane Hartman Invitational, Mahoney ran a time of 17:14.91 (sixth all-time) in the 5,000, qualifying her in both the 5,000 and 10,000. She snatched up her fifth qualifying mark by running a time of 2:12.87 in the 800 to rank third in school history.

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. She hit personal bests in the hammer (171-10, sixth in school history) and discus (149-6) at the UNLV Randall Cunningham Invite. She also had a season-best throw of 142-10 in the javelin at the Al Manuel Invite.

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)
Midles had a season best in the hammer throw of 178-4 at the UNLV Randall Cunningham Invite, a mark that placed her second in the competition.

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.

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 167-3 at the Beach Invitational, a mark that ranks ninth in school history.

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.

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.

Angelica Rodriguez – Sprints – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’10)
Rodriguez hit the Big Sky qualifying standard in the 400, running a time of 56.59 at the WAR VI to place second at book her ticket to the conference meet. She hit a personal best of 56.28 at the Duane Hartman Invitational to place first. That time gave her sole possession of second all-time at Eastern.

Berenice Penaloza – Distance – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS ’11)
Penaloza ran a Big Sky qualifying time of 37:29.84 in the 10,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, ranking her sixth in school history.

Keisa Monterola – Pole Vault – Caracus, Venezuela (Licro-Caracas HS ‘06/Clackamas CC)
Monterola cleared a height of 12-1 1/2 in the pole vault at the Mt. SAC Relays, eclipsing the Big Sky standard. She is the defending Big Sky champion in the event outdoors.

Martha Sanford – Sprints/Hurdles – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’10)
Sanford qualified for the BSC Championship in the 400 hurdles, running a personal-best time of 1:04.17 at the Duane Hartman Invitational.

Sierra Arlauskas – Jumps – Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS ’12)
The freshman cleared the Big Sky standard in the triple jump, hitting a mark of 37-8 3/4 at the Duane Hartman Invitational. That mark ranks Arlauskas eighth all-time at Eastern.

Morgan Romey – Throws – Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS ’11)
Romey had a personal-best throw of 44-10 1/4 in the shot put at the Duane Hartman Invitational, booking her ticket to the conference meet. That mark ranks her eighth in school history.

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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