April 8, 2014

EWU Set to Host Montana in 43rd Annual Pelluer Invite

43rd Annual Pelluer Invitational is Eagles’ lone home outdoor meet of the season

The Eastern Washington University will be clashing with the University of Montana for a third-straight week, as the Eagles will dual the Grizzlies in the 43rd Annual Pelluer Invitational Saturday (April 12) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

“We’re very excited to get the Pelluer back in action,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr. “To have a home track meet where everyone can rest in their own beds and eat their own meals all are good elements that make it a great meet to host.”

“It’s so exciting to be back competing at Eastern,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “I know our athletes all enjoy competing at home and they’ll have a lot of family members watching, so that’s going to be to their advantage.”

The Pelluer is the lone outdoor home meet and one of just two home meets the entire season for Eastern. The meet returned to the schedule this season after taking a one-year hiatus last year, and will be scored as a dual between the Eagles and Montana. Eastern has gotten quite familiar with the Grizzlies, as they have competed against them the past two weekends at the Al Manuel Invite (March 28-29) and MSU Open (April 5).

“We weren’t in full force last week when we saw Montana,” said Mecklenburg. “We’re a little more experienced and hopefully we can give them a good battle in the dual-scoring.”

The meet is dedicated to Arnie Pelluer, a former Eastern track and cross country coach in 1970-71, and also a coach at Whitworth and Yakima Valley Community College. He started the twilight meet in ’71, but later died in a swimming accident the same year. The event was renamed in his honor.

According to Kerr, this year’s Pelluer will also give Eastern’s staff and administration another chance to get acclimated hosting a meet. That preparation will be vital as EWU will host the 2015 Big Sky Outdoor Championships, a meet that will feature 12 Big Sky Conference schools with Idaho set to join next season.

Field events will start at 10 a.m. Saturday with the women’s hammer and the men’s javelin. The hammer, javelin, discus and shot put will be contested in the throwing complex next to the intramural fields. All other events will be held at Roos Field. Running events will kick off at noon with the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

“This has been the first consistently warm week of weather we’ve had,” said Kerr. “Warm weather equals great performances, so I’m expecting another series of breakthroughs.”

PELLUER FIELD EVENTS ­– Saturday April 12, 2014

Event                                        Time    

Women’s Hammer Throw          10 a.m.
Men’s Hammer Throw                Following Women’s Hammer (11:00 approx.)

Men’s Javelin                            10 a.m.
Women’s Javelin                       Following Men’s Javelin (11:00 approx.)

Men’s Discus                            Noon
Women’s Discus                       Following Men’s Discus (1:00 p.m. approx.)

Men’s Long Jump                     Noon
Women’s Long Jump                Following Women’s Long Jump (1:00 p.m. approx.)

Women’s Pole Vault                  Noon
Men’s Pole Vault                        Following Women’s Pole Vault (2:00 p.m. approx.)

Women’s Shot Put                     Noon
Men’s Shot Put                           Following Women’s Shot Put (1:00 p.m. approx.)

Men’s High Jump                       Noon
Women’s High Jump                  Following Men’s High Jump (1:30 p.m. approx.)

Men’s Triple Jump                     2:00 p.m.
Women’s Triple Jump                Following Men’s Triple Jump (3:00 p.m. approx.)

PELLUER RUNNING EVENTS

Saturday, April 12, 2014

(Will move ahead of schedule up to 15 minutes)

Time                  Event

12 Noon           Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase

12:15 pm          Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase

12:30 pm          Men’s 400 Meter Relay

12:35 pm          Women’s Meter Relay

12:40 pm          Men’s 1,500 Meter

12:50 pm          Women’s 1,500 Meter

1:00 pm           Men’s 110 Meter High Hurdles

1:10 pm           Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles

1:20 pm           Men’s 400 Meter

1:30 pm           Women’s 400 Meter

1:40 pm           Men’s 100 Meter

1:45 pm           Women’s 100 Meter

1:50 pm           Men’s 800 Meters

2:00 pm           Women’s 800 Meters

2:10 pm           Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles

2:20 pm           Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles

2:30 pm           Men’s 200 Meters

2:35 pm           Women’s 200 Meters

2:40 pm           Men’s 1,600 Meter Relay

2:45 pm           Women’s 1,600 Meter Relay

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: Nine (New: Two – Michael 400, Osborn LJ)

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 – 185-0 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Zack Nielsen – Discus – 163-1 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Jon Buchanan – Shot Put – 55-5 3/4 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Joey Payne – Javelin – 206-4 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)
Brad Michael – 400 meters – 48.09 – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Trenton Osborn – Long Jump – 22-9 1/4 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS ’13)
 

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: 16 (New: Eight: Reiter 5K/10K, Penaloza 5K/10K, Arrigoni 5K/10K, Mahoney steeplechase, Murillo discus)

Olivia Midles – Hammer Throw – 188-10 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Kelsie Forcier – Hammer Throw – 170-5 – 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 – 46-4 – Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS ’11)
Sarah Reiter  - 10,000 meters – 35:56.49 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’12/Montana State)
Sarah Reiter – 5,000 meters – (cross-qualified in 10K) – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ‘12/Montana State)
Berenice Penaloza – 10,000 meters – 36:43.57 – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS ’11)
Berenice Penaloza – 5,000 meters – (cross-qualified in 10K) – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS ’11)
Catie Arrigoni – 5,000 meters – 17:47.33 (17:19.39 altitude adjusted) – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
Catie Arrigoni – 10,000 meters – (cross-qualified in 5K) – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
Katie Mahoney – 3,000-meter steeplechase – 10:28.95 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Emma Murillo – Discus – 143-8 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)

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

BIG SKY LEADERS –  Eastern currently has two athletes who lead the Big Sky in their event: Jordan Arakawa (hammer, 219-3) and Katie Mahoney (3,000-meter steeplechase, 10:28.95)

REGIONALLY-RANKED – The following Eagles have hit marks that rank in the top 48 of the Division I West Region
Men
47. Brad Michael (400, 48.09)
33. Jon Buchanan (Shot Put, 55-5 3/4)
6. Jordan Arakawa (Hammer Throw, 219-3)
45. Zack Nielsen (Hammer Throw, 189-1)
26. Joey Payne (Javelin, 206-4)
Women
32. Sarah Reiter (10,000, 35:56.49)
40. Berenice Penaloza (10,000, 36:43.57)
21. Katie Mahoney (steeplechase, 10:28.95)
42. Catie Arrigoni (steeplechase, 10:54.01 altitude converted)
26. Olivia Midles (Hammer Throw, 188-10)

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 both those marks at the Stanford Invitational, getting off throws of 55-5 3/4 in the shot put and 185-0 in the hammer. That mark in the shot put was a personal best and put Buchanan No. 10 on the all-time list at Eastern.

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.

Brad Michael – Sprints – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Competing at the Stanford Invitational, Michael ran a time of 48.09 in the 400 to book his ticket for the Big Sky Championships. He also ran a time of 22.12 in the 200, nearly hitting the conference standard of 22.10.

Trenton Osborn – Jumps – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS ’13)
Fresh off a second-place finish indoors at the Big Sky Championships, Osborn qualified in the long jump with a leap of 22-9 1/4 at the Stanford Invitational.

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 reached a personal best of 170-5 in the hammer at the Montana State Open, ranking her ninth all-time at Eastern.

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. She qualified in a second event, the discus, with a throw of 143-8 at the Stanford Invitational.

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. At the Montana State Open, Arrigoni ran away with a win in the 5,000 meters, running 17:47.33 to rank eighth all-time at Eastern. Her altitude-converted time of 17:19.39 qualifies her in both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the Big Sky meet.

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. She reached a personal best of 46-4 in another winning effort at the MSU Open, a mark that continues to rank fifth in school history.

Sarah Reiter – Distance - Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS’ 12/Montana State)
At the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, Reiter placed second in the 10,000 with a time of 35:56.49, which ranks third in school history. That time also cross-qualifies Reiter in both the 10,000 and 5,000 for the Big Sky Championships.

Berenice Penaloza – Distance – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS ’11)
Penaloza placed seventh in the 10,000 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, running a personal-best time of 36:43.57. That time ranks sixth all-time at Eastern and also cross-qualifies the women’s distance captain in both the 10,000 and 5,000 for the conference meet.

Katie Mahoney – Distance – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
At the Stanford Invitational, Mahoney clocked a time of 10:28.95 in her opening 3,000-meter steeplechase of the year, booking her ticket to the conference meet. The sophomore was second in the event last year and set a school record of 10:21.53 at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.

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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