May 7, 2013

Track and Field Prepares for Big Sky Championships in Forest Grove

Several Eagles eying conference titles and all-conference honors at 2013 conference meet

After an accumulation of several months of training as well as 50 qualifying marks, the Eastern Washington University track and field team will travel to Forest Grove, Ore., to compete in the 2013 Big Sky Outdoor Championships Wednesday-Saturday (May 8-11). The meet is being hosted by Portland State and will be held at Pacific University’s Lincoln Park Stadium.

“The Big Sky Championship is the meet that we gear for, create goals for and train for all year,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “We’re going in with a strong crew with talented individuals across the board.”

“This is one of the best weeks in track and field,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr, “The weather forecast is outstanding and we’re looking at having a great showing from a team standpoint and an individual standpoint.”

At last year’s outdoor championships, the men placed sixth and the women finished eighth in the team standings. This year’s Big Sky coaches’ poll predicted the Eagle men to finish seventh and the women to take ninth.

Competition begins Wednesday starting with the first day of the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon, which will conclude Thursday. The regular portion of the meet will be contested Friday and Saturday, with starting times of 10:30 a.m. each day.

Meet information is available at http://goviks.com/sports/2013/1/23/MTRACK_0123133731.aspx?id=216. The BSC Championship will also be broadcast live on Big Sky TV at http://www.americaonesports.com/bigsky.asp.

“It’s a loaded and competitive meet and I’m very excited for it,” said Kerr, “To see all of this talent go head-to-head will be a lot of fun to watch.”

MEN’S PREVIEW

Representing EWU on the men’s side will be Brad Wall (400, 4x100, 4x400), Brad Michael (400, 4x100, 4x400), Nick Olsson (400, 4x400), Collin Green (400), Obinna Nnadi (100, 4x100), Jordan Curnutt (800), Simon Sorensen (3,000 steeplechase), Vince Hamilton (5,000, 10,000), Chris Schroll (3,000 steeplechase, 5K), Steven Warner (110 hurdles), Kramer Green (400 hurdles, 4x400), Cody Fishel (high jump, triple jump), Phil Puccino (high jump, triple jump, long jump, 4x100), Nick Stearns (pole vault), Kris Durr (long jump), Jake Clizbe (long jump), Marlyn Anderson (shot put), Jon Buchanan (shot put, hammer throw), Cody Humphrey (shot put, discus), Zack Nielsen (discus, hammer throw), Jordan Arakawa (hammer throw), Jaime Alnassim (hammer throw), Shaun Lemafa (hammer throw, javelin), Joey Payne (javelin) and  Max Pratt (javelin).

“The personnel on the men’s side is very capable of contending for a top-three finish and that’s what we’re shooting for,” said Kerr.

Eastern’s deepest event area is the throws, as each male thrower on the roster is headed to the championships. They will have five competitors in the hammer, three in both the shot put and javelin and two in the discus.

“Throws are really the backbone of our team right now,” said Kerr, “Jordan leads a powerful crew into the meet and they’re looking to do big things.”

Arakawa heads into the meet ranked first in the hammer throw with a top mark of 213-8 just ahead of Montana State’s David Phillips (211-7). The sophomore was second indoors in the weight throw.

“Jordan is one of the top throwers in the country and he has a strong competitor, but he’s certainly up to the challenge,” said Kerr.

Also looking to build off of all-conference honors indoors is Anderson, who is ranked fourth this season in the shot put. The senior placed third indoors in the event with a personal-best throw of 56-11 1/4.

Another area fielding each of Eastern’s male competitors is the jumps, with Puccino leading the way competing in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. The jumps captain is ranked third in the triple jump. Stearns is ranked third in the pole vault after having a big personal best jump of 16-6 3/4 less than a week ago.

“Phil is a quadruple threat and he is capable of getting us some great points in those events.”

On the track, the Eagles are led by Wall and Michael in the 400, who are ranked second and fourth, respectively, heading into the weekend. Wall has claimed conference titles in each of his last two Big Sky outdoor meets and will look to grab his fourth career individual title. Michael will be seeking his fourth consecutive all-conference performance in the event.

“Both Brads are ranked well going into the weekend and they really have their eyes on that podium,” said Kerr.

The Brads, along with Olsson and Green, will compete in the 4x400 relay, an event Eastern is ranked third in.

Also trying to get in the mix is Warner, who placed third in the 110 hurdles last season and won the 60 hurdles title indoors in 2012.

The always-competitive distance events will feature Hamilton, who has the sixth-best 10,000 time in the Big Sky this season. Kerr believes any of Eastern’s distance runners could have a shot at surprising some people.

WOMEN’S PREVIEW

Competing for the women will be Angelica Rodriguez (400, 4x100, 4x400), Kelly Downey (400, 4x100. 4x400), Katie Mahoney (800, 1,500, 3,000 steeplechase, 4x400), Berenice Penaloza (5,000, 10,000), Martha Sanford (400 hurdles, 4x400), Jozie Kimes (400 hurdles, heptathlon), Elise Jepsen (high jump, triple jump), Brooklyn Bellomy (high jump), Robin Taylor (pole vault), Anandae Clark (pole vault), Keisa Monterola (pole vault), Amber Troyer (pole vault), Brianna Okoro (long  jump, 4x100), Kasey McNeill (long jump, 4x100), Morena Mannucci (triple jump), Sierra Arlauskas (triple jump), Morgan Romey (shot put, discus), Kayla Loop (shot put, hammer), Emma Murillo (discus, hammer, javelin), Vania Tauvela (discus, hammer), Olivia Midles (hammer), Cora Kellerman (javelin), Michelle Coombs (javelin), Kacie Seims (javelin) and Katrina Chamberlain (heptathlon).

“We have lots of depth among each event area for the women,” said Mecklenburg. “Our goal is to place in the top five.”

Two events Eastern is looking to score big in are the javelin and pole vault, with four Eagles entered in each of those.

In the javelin, Kellerman and Coombs sit one-two in the conference with personal-best throws of 170-0 and 164-9 this season, respectively.

“Those two are seniors and I know they want to go out with a bang,” said Mecklenburg, “This meet is also a stepping stone to even bigger meets for them and they’re excited to throw far.”

Each of EWU’s vaulters are positioned in the top eight on the conference performance list this season. Monterola and Taylor finished first and second at last year’s championships.

“We’ve got a really good crew in the vault and they should manage to score big points for us,” said Mecklenburg.

Mahoney comes into the meet looking to make a splash in the distance events. She broke the school record in the 3,000 steeplechase earlier in the season and ranks third in the conference.

“Katie is going in with a big plate, but I think she’s going to surprise some people and really help out the team in scoring,” said Mecklenburg.

Despite the fact that EWU competitors in the sprint aren’t ranked favorably, Mecklenburg believes they can still come in with a chip on their shoulders and contend for some points, particularly in the relays.

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: 24 (New: One- Durr LJ)

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 – 16-6 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 – 159-7 – 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)
Kris Durr – Long Jump – 22-10 1/2 – Puyallup, Wash. (Emerald Ridge HS ’12)

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: 26 (New: Three- Troyer PV, Okoro LJ, Tauvela DT)

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)
Amber Troyer – Pole Vault – 12-1 1/2 – Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS ’10/ Spokane CC)
Brianna Okoro – Long Jump – 18-10 1/2 – Lakewood, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep HS ’08)
Vania Tauvela – Discus Throw – 141-11 – Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)

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 Vandal Jamboree, Stearns cleared the five-meter mark for the first time in his career, hitting a jump of 16-6 3/4 in the pole vault to rank fourth in school history.

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.

Kris Durr – Jumps – Puyallup, Wash. (Emerald Ridge HS ’12)
Durr qualified for the BSC Championships at the last chance meet in Idaho, leaping a distance of 22-10 1/2 in the long jump to place second.

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. Tauvela also qualified in the discus with a toss of 141-11 at the Vandal Jamboree.

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.

Amber Troyer – Pole Vault – Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS ‘10/Spokane CC)
Troyer vaulted a personal best of 12-1 1/2 at the Vandal Jamboree to book her ticket for the BSC Championships. That mark ranks her seventh all-time at Eastern.

Brianna Okoro – Jumps – Lakewood, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep HS ’08)
Okoro had a season-best jump of 18-10 1/2 at the Vandal Jamboree, clearing the conference standard.

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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