Eagles Hit 10 Big Sky Standards in California/Bozeman

Reiter, Penaloza, Arrigoni and Murillo each become double qualifiers

Split up between the Stanford Invitational and Montana State Open, the Eastern Washington University track and field teams earned 10 more Big Sky Conference qualifying marks Friday and Saturday (April 4-5) in Stanford, Calif., and Bozeman, Mont. 

“The individual breakthroughs we were anticipating surfaced this weekend with several seasonal and lifetime personal records,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr, “I felt mother nature gave us a tremendous break. Several feet of snow bordered the track in Bozeman, but plenty of sunshine and minimal winds translated into great performances.” 

On Friday, Sarah Reiter and Berenice Penaloza competed at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, running times of 35:56.49 and 36:43.57 in the 10,000 to place second and seventh, respectively. Each of those times cross-qualify Reiter and Penaloza for the 10,000 and 5,000 at the Big Sky Championships. Reiter moved up to third all-time at Eastern, while Penaloza’s time ranks sixth.

At the Stanford Invitational, Katie Mahoney clocked a time of 10:28.95 in her opening 3,000-meter steeplechase, booking her ticket to the conference meet. The sophomore set a school record of 10:21.53 last season.

Brad Michael ran a time of 48.09 in the 400, qualifying for the Big Sky Championships. Trenton Osborn also reached a conference standard Friday, leaping a distance of 22-9 ¼ in the long jump.

Paula Gil-Echevarria ran 4:36.99 in the 1,500, moving the freshman up to seventh in school history.

Saturday in Bozeman, Catie Arrigoni continued the momentum of the women’s distance crew’s success, running away with a win in the 5,000 with a time of 17:47.33 to rank eighth all-time at Eastern. After altitude conversions, that time qualifies Arrigoni in both the 5K and 10K at the Big Sky Championships.

Morgan Romey won the shot put with a personal-best toss of 46-4, a mark that continues to rank fifth in school history.

Leiran Cornish ran a collegiate best of 57.94 in the 400, placing first.

Freshman Kelsie Forcier uncorked a personal best of 170-5 in the hammer throw, moving her to ninth in school history.

Kyle Caviezel finished third in the 100, running a personal best of 11.09. 

Saturday at Stanford, Emma Murillo got off a throw of 143-8 in the discus, eclipsing a Big Sky standard. Murillo is also qualified in the javelin this season.

Competing in the invitational section of the shot put, Jon Buchanan reached a personal best of 55-5 3/4, placing fifth and moving him into the No. 10 spot all-time at Eastern.

Jordan Arakawa placed second in the invitational hammer with a throw of 212-1.

In addition to the 10 conference qualifying marks, a number of Eagles came just short of hitting standards.

Jozie Kimes ran a personal-best time of 1:04.11 in the 400 hurdles, but just missed the standard of 1:04.00.

Samantha Baker (134-4) and Kacie Seims (133-10) each inched closer to the qualifying mark of 134-6 in the javelin.

In the 200, Michael (22.12, Stanford) and Austin Upmeyer (22.14, MSU) each came milliseconds from hitting the conference standard of 22.10.

Nick Stearns cleared a height of 15-3 ½ in the pole vault at Stanford, closing in on the Big Sky mark of 15-5.

Eastern now has 25 Big Sky qualifying marks on the season, with 16 for the women and nine for the men. The Big Sky Outdoor Championships are on May 14-17 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

“It was a good weekend for us and we’re looking forward to competing at home next week – without snow piled around the track,” said Kerr.

Eastern will be back at home next weekend, as they get set to dual with the University of Montana in the 43rd Annual Pelluer Invitational on April 12th in Cheney, Wash.
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