April 2, 2014

Eastern Splits up Squads for Stanford Invite and MSU Open

Regional qualifiers to compete in Stanford, while remainder of team heads to Bozeman

The Eastern Washington University track and field teams will have two different destinations this weekend as a select group of athletes will head to Stanford, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday (April 4-5). The majority of the team will be traveling to Bozeman, Mont., for the Montana State Open on Saturday (April 5).

“This will be the first time we have competed at Montana State during the regular outdoor season since I have been at EWU,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “They have a beautiful facility that is very spectator friendly. Given that environment and where we are at with training right now, I think we are going to get some good performances.”

Mecklenburg and head men’s coach Stan Kerr will be sending athletes with regional caliber to the prestigious Stanford Invite. The Eagles making the trip to California will have either previously competed at the Division I West Regionals or have hit marks with implications on making it to that meet.

“Our athletes heading to Stanford know they’re going to see some phenomenal competition, which should lend to some great times and marks,” said Kerr.

Competing for the men at Stanford will be Brad Michael (400), Steven Warner (110-hurdles), Nick Stearns (pole vault), Trenton Osborn (long jump), Jon Buchanan (shot put, hammer throw), Zack Nielsen (discus, hammer), Jordan Arakawa (hammer) and Joey Payne (javelin).

Whitney Leavitt (100, 200), Paula Gil-Echevarria (1,500), Katie Mahoney (3,000-meter steeplechase), Courtney Bray (pole vault), Emma Murillo (discus, javelin, hammer throw), Olivia Midles (hammer), Vania Tauvela (hammer) will make up the Stanford crew for the women.

The remainder of the team will head back to Big Sky Country for the MSU Open, which will be hosted by Montana State. Athletes competing in Bozeman will get a glimpse of other Big Sky competition for the second-straight weekend, as they squared off against Montana and Montana State at the Al Manuel Invitational on March 28-29.

“Our main competition will be with the Montana schools,” said Mecklenburg. “We saw what their athletes could do last weekend and hopefully we can switch around some of the finishes that didn’t go our way.”

Eastern has attained 15 Big Sky qualifying marks on the season, with eight for the women and seven for the men. The Big Sky Outdoor Championships are on May 14-17 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Stanford Invite kicks off Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday’s action will also begin at 9. Live results for the meet will be available at http://www.rtspt.com/events/stanford/invite2014/.

Action in Bozeman Saturday will start at 9:30 a.m. (field) and 10:30 (track) (PST).

“Overall, we’re looking for several individual breakthroughs in all event areas,” said Kerr. “I feel we’re prepared to see some of our underclassmen have performances that will solidify their Big Sky rankings.”

Men’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 14-17– Flagstaff, Ariz.

NCAA Championships Preliminary Round – May 29-31 – Fayetteville, Ark.

NCAA Championships – June 11-14 – Eugene, Ore.

School Records Broken: None

Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: Seven (New: None) 

Steven Warner – 110 hurdles – 14.74 – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)

Jordan Arakawa – Hammer Throw – 219-3 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)

Zack Nielsen – Hammer Throw – 189-1 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)

Jon Buchanan – Hammer Throw – 178-1 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)

Zack Nielsen – Discus – 163-1 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)

Jon Buchanan – Shot Put – 54-4 3/4 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)

Joey Payne – Javelin – 206-4 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)

Women’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 14-17– Flagstaff, Ariz.

NCAA Championships Preliminary Round – May 29-31 – Fayetteville, Ark.

NCAA Championships – June 11-14 – Eugene, Ore.

School Records Broken: None

Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: Eight (New: Four: Arrigoni – Steeplechase, Forcier – Discus, Clark – Pole Vault, Romey – Shot Put)

Olivia Midles – Hammer Throw – 188-10 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)

Kelsie Forcier – Hammer Throw – 164-5 – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)

Emma Murillo – Javelin – 135-4 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)

Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – 12-3 1/2 – Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS ’13)

Catie Arrigoni – 3,000-meter steeplechase – 11:01.92 – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)

Kelsie Forcier – Discus – 145-0 – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Anandae Clark
– Pole Vault – 11-9 3/4 – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)

Morgan Romey – Shot Put – 45-0 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):

Jon Buchanan – (2014 Indoors: 2nd in shot put, 3rd in weight throw; 2011 Indoors: 3rd in shot put)

Brad Michael – (2014 Indoors: 3rd in 400; 2013 Outdoors: 3rd in 400; 2013 Indoors: 2nd in 400;2012 Outdoors: 3rd in 400; 2012 Indoors: 2nd in 400, 3rd in 200)

Zack Nielsen – (2014 Indoors: 2nd in weight throw; 2012 Indoors: 3rd in weight throw)

Phil Puccino – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in triple jump; 2012 Indoors: 3rd in triple jump)

Nick Stearns – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in pole vault; 2012 Indoors: 3rd in pole vault)

Steven Warner (2012 Outdoors: 3rd in 110 hurdles; 2012 Indoors: Champion in 60 hurdles)

4x400 Relay (2013 Outdoors: 2nd/Kramer Green, Nick Olsson, Brad Michael, Brad Wall; 2012 Indoors: Champion/Collin Green, Michael Okoro, Brad Michael, Brad Wall; 2011 Outdoors: 3rd/Michael Okoro, Kramer Green, Collin Green, Brad Wall)

Jordan Arakawa – (2014 Indoors: Champion in weight throw; 2013 outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw; 2013 Indoors: 2nd in weight throw)

Joey Payne – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in javelin)

Trenton Osborn- (2014 Indoors: 2nd in long jump)

Olivia Midles – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw; 2011 Outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw)

Robin Taylor – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in pole vault; 2012 Outdoors: 2nd in pole vault)

4x400 Relay – (2012 Indoors: 2nd/Whitney Leavitt, Nicole Nida, Angelica Rodriguez, Chelsea Lawhead)
Emma Murillo – (2013 Outdoors: 3rd in hammer throw; 2013 Indoors: 3rd in weight throw)

Katie Mahoney – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in 3,000 steeplechase)

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, 121– (11 first-place votes)

Sacramento State, 104

Montana, 88

Weber State, 80

Montana State, 78

Southern Utah, 74

Eastern Washington, 64
Idaho State, 41

Portland State, 37

North Dakota, 23

Northern Colorado, 16



Women's Poll 

Team, Points 

Northern Arizona, 116 – (seven first-place votes)

Sacramento State, 104 – (four first-place votes)

Montana, 94

Weber State, 94

Portland State, 76

Southern Utah, 68

Montana State, 55

Eastern Washington, 46
Idaho State, 30

Northern Colorado, 25

North Dakota, 18

TOP SEASON PERFORMANCES

Men

Jordan Arakawa – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Coming off a Big Sky title indoors in the weight throw, Arakawa picked up right where he left off, winning the hammer throw at the Dusty Lane Open with a mark of 209-6 to book his ticket for the Big Sky Championships. He launched a new personal best of 219-3 at the Al Manuel Invite, winning the competition by over 30 feet.

Zack Nielsen – Throws – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Nielsen, who placed second in an EWU 1,2,3 sweep indoors in the weight throw, qualified in the hammer with a mark of  186-4 at the Dusty Lane Open. He wasn’t done there, as he also qualified in the discus with a toss of 159-8. He improved on both those marks at the Al Manuel Invite, placing first in the discus (163-1) and second in the hammer (189-1).

Jon Buchanan – Throws – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Fresh off of two All-Big Sky performances indoors, Buchanan stamped his ticket to the conference meet , qualifying in both the shot put (53-11 1/4) and hammer throw (178-1) at the Dusty Lane Open. He improved on that mark in the shot put with a toss of 54-4 3/4 at the Al Manuel Invite.

Joey Payne – Throws – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)
Payne, who was second in the javelin at last year’s Big Sky Championships, opened up his sophomore season with a personal-best mark of 206-4 to qualify for the conference meet and place second overall at the Dusty Lane Open.

Steven Warner – Hurdles Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Competing in his final outdoor season for the Eagles, Warner opened up with a Big Sky qualifying time of 14.74 in the 110 hurdles at the Dusty Lane Open.

Women

Olivia Midles – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Midles kicked off the outdoor season with a bang, winning the hammer throw with a mark of 179-5 at the Dusty Lane Open to qualify for the Big Sky Championships. She got off a personal best of 188-10 at the Al Manuel Invite to place first and move her up to second in school history.

Kelsie Forcier – Throws – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Forcier opened her first outdoor season with the Eagles in great fashion, qualifying in the hammer throw with a toss of 164-0 at the Dusty Lane Open. She also qualified in the discus with a throw of 145-0 at the Al Manuel Invite. She also hit a seasonal best of 164-5 in the hammer.

Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS ’13)
Bray won the pole vault at the Dusty Lane Open with a clearance of 11-11 3/4, qualifying the freshman for the Big Sky meet. She improved on that mark with a jump of 12-3 1/2 at the Al Manuel, moving up to sixth all-time at Eastern.

Emma Murillo – Throws – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Murillo opened her outdoor season with a qualifying mark of 135-4 in the javelin, placing fourth overall at the Dusty Lane Open. 

Catie Arrigoni – Distance – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
In her first 3,000-meter steeplechase race with as an Eagle, Arrigoni ran a time of 11:01.92  at the Al Manuel Invite to jump up to second in school history and qualify for the Big Sky meet. That time only trails school-record holder Katie Mahoney. 

Anandae Clark – Pole Vault  – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
Clark booked her ticket to the Big Sky meet with a clearance of 11-9 3/4 in the pole vault at the Al Manuel Invitational.

Morgan Romey – Throws – Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS ’11)
Romey got off a throw of 45-0 1/4 at the Al Manuel Invite, winning the event and qualifying for the Big Sky Championships.

LINKS

2013-14 Track & Field Online Guide: http://goeags.com/sports/c-track/onlineguide
EWU Track and Field - http://goeags.com/sports/c-track/index
Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field – http://bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?path=otf&
NCAA Track and Field - http://www.ncaa.com 

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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