February 25, 2014

Eastern Looking to Prove Doubters Wrong at Big Sky Indoor Championships

Eagles head to Pocatello with depth in weight throw and women’s pole vault

It’s Championship week for the Eastern Washington University track and field teams, as they will be making the nearly 600-mile bus venture over to Pocatello, Idaho for the Big Sky Indoor Championships on Thursday-Saturday (Feb. 27-March 1). The meet will be contested at Holt Arena and hosted by Idaho State.

“I love the Big Sky Championships, it’s such a unique event because you have 11 full men’s teams and 11 full women’s teams all in one facility,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr. “It’s a well organized meet and there will be a number of outstanding performances.”

“The Big Sky Indoor Championships are one of the most exciting meets of the whole year,” said head women’s coach Mecklenburg. “It’s in a spectator-friendly environment that our athletes take to heart and compete well.”

At last year’s indoor meet in Bozeman, Mont., the Eagle men finished seventh with 46 points, while the women were ninth with 26. In the preseason poll of Big Sky coaches, Eastern’s men were voted to place sixth (67) and the women were picked ninth (46).

“The preseason rankings typically go that way and I don’t think we even take it seriously anymore because we always tend to place higher than the polls predict us,” said Mecklenburg.

EWU will be sending 19 men and 19 women to Pocatello, with several looking to contribute solid points.

Men's Preview

Competing for the men will be Nick Anthony (distance medley relay), Jordan Arakawa (weight throw), Stephen Bottoms (Mile, DMR), Jon Buchanan (shot put, weight throw), Collin Green (4x400), Kramer Green (4x400), Steven Kutsch (DMR), Shaun Lemafa (weight throw), Brad Michael (400, 4x400), Andrew Morgan (high jump), Zack Nielsen (weight throw), Obinna Nnadi (60), Quin Olivas (DMR), Austin Oser (5,000) Trenton Osborn (long jump), Phil Puccino (high jump, long jump, triple jump), Nick Stearns (pole vault, heptathlon), Austin Upmeyer (400, 4x400) and Steven Warner (60-meter hurdles).

“I think top four is a realistic goal,” said Kerr. “We are going to have some breakthrough performances that will factor into that.”

Eastern has been particularly strong in the weight throw this season, and that trend should continue as they enter the meet with three of the top four marks in the conference. Arakawa’s mark of 66-1 leads the Big Sky this season, and he will look to build off of his second-place finish at last year’s meet.

Nielsen (63-1 1/4) and Buchanan (60-7 1/4) will also look to contend for the podium, ranking third and fourth going in. Nielsen was fifth last season, and Lemafa was inches away from scoring for the Eagles.

“Jordan, Zack and Jon are all strong podium candidates and could potentially be a threat for a sweep,” said Kerr. “Shaun could be a wildcard also. That would put four Eastern throwers in the final, which would set a tremendous tone for the meet.”

Buchanan will also eye a top-three finish in the shot put, with his personal-best mark of 56-3 ranking third going in.

In the sprints, Michael enters the meet as the favorite in the 400 with a time of 48.12 this season. The indoor school-record holder has finished second in each of his previous two indoor conference meets, and will be looking for his fifth-consecutive all-conference performance in the event (including outdoors). True freshman Upmeyer will also compete in the 400.

“Brad has been carrying on a great tradition of 400 runners at Eastern and knows tactically what he needs to do this weekend,” said Kerr. “Austin could be another surprise scorer for us and I believe Brad will come away as an individual champion.”

Warner ranks third in what will likely be a tightly contested battle in the 60-meter hurdles. The 2012 Big Sky Champion in the event heads into the competition with a top time of 8.10 on the season.

“Steven knows what he is capable of and has had a very good last couple of weeks,” said Kerr. “We’ve cleaned a couple of things up technically that will put him in a great position to fight for that top podium spot.”

Michael and Upmeyer will be joined by the Green twins in the 4x400 relay, an event Eastern ranks third in with a time of 3:16.35 behind top-ranked Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Michael and Collin Green each ran a leg on Eastern’s Big Sky Champion and school-record breaking team in 2012 (3:11.04).

“The 4x400 is going to be a battle royale,” said Kerr. “Our team is very motivated and is up to the challenge of a very competitive fast heat.”

For the jumps, Puccino and Stearns will carry the load for the Eagles. Puccino will take on the jumping trifecta and sits in strong contention for each event including the triple jump (second, 47-0 1/4), long jump (second, 23-4) and high jump (eighth, 6-8). Puccino has earned two all-conference performances in the triple jump in his career with Eastern.

“Phil is a great seasoned competitor and is coming off a great outdoor championship,” said Kerr. “He’s highly ranked in the long and triple jumps and should do very well for us.”

The true freshman Osborn ranks in third in the long right behind Puccino heading into the weekend (23-2 1/2).

“Trenton can win it all,” said Kerr. “He’s been over 24 feet in his career and could be one of the top freshmen at the meet.”

Stearns also has a strong position in the heptathlon and pole vault. In his first season competing in the hep, his score of 4,729 ranks fourth in the Big Sky. He ranks third in the pole vault (16-2 3/4) and will be going after his third all-conference performance in the event.

“Nick has been a tremendous conference competitor and his past performances reflect his readiness mentally and physically,” said Kerr. “The schedule is favorable for him to be very successful in both of those events.”

Looking to contribute in the always-stacked distance events will be Bottoms and Oser, a pair of freshmen. Bottoms will be joined by Kutsch, Olivias and Anthony in the distance medley relay, an event Eastern has the third-fastest time going in.

“Our distance group is young and I think the dividends from this meet will be huge in the following years,” said Kerr. “The distance medley relay should be able to establish a strong position and get some points for us.”

Women's Preview

Participating for the women will be Catie Arrigoni (5,000), Courtney Bray (pole vault), Erin Clark (pole vault), Leiran Cornish (4x400), Janessa Day (4x400), Paula Gil-Echevarria (4:54.78), Jozie Kimes (high jump, pentathlon), Brita Kintz (pole vault), Kayla Loop (weight throw), Morena Mannucci (triple jump), Olivia Midles (weight throw), Brooke Monson (4x400), Keisa Monterola (pole vault, long jump), Emma Murillo (weight throw), Berenice Penaloza (3,000, 5,000), Sarah Reiter  (3,000, 5,000), Angelica Rodriguez (4x400), Morgan Romey (shot put) and Vania Tauvela (weight throw).

“Usually we go into the Big Sky Championship with a goal of placing in the top half,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “That would be a tremendous performance for us right now and that’s what our expectation is.”

The pole vault will be a key event for the Eagles, as they bring in four competitors looking to contribute big points. Monterola, a three-time champion and the conference record holder, has the top mark of 13-5 1/4 this season. Freshmen Bray (12-5 1/2) and Clark (12-0) rank fourth and seventh going in, respectively. Monterola will also take on the long jump, which she placed fourth in at the conference meet in 2012.

“Pole vault is our money event,” said Mecklenburg. “Anything can happen, but we’re going in there with the mindset to win it and score some solid points.”

Mannucci, who has a mark of 38-1 1/4 in the triple jump, ranks fourth in the event and will look to contend for a podium spot.

Kimes will look to be competitive in a strong pentathlon field, and will also take on the open high jump, an event that can often be unpredictable at the championship level.

“We have a number of athletes who are capable of moving up,” said Mecklenburg. “If they can do that and get us some more points that would be excellent.”

In the throws, EWU brings in four athletes in the weight throw eying some key points for the team, with three of them ranking in the top nine. Tauvela (58-7 1/4) ranks fourth, Murillo (55-7 3/4) is seventh and Midles (55-5 3/4) sits ninth in a tight field going in. Murillo and Tauvela finished third and fourth at last year’s meet in Bozeman. Romey will also eye points for the Eagles in the shot put.

“Weight throw is our other top event. Vania and Emma both look really good and could be our secret weapons,” said Mecklenburg. “If Olivia could move into scoring position, that would be a great three-person swing for us.”

The women’s distance group that has constantly rewritten the EWU record books this season will face their biggest challenge of the season as they get set to see where they fit in amongst the loaded Big Sky distance fields. Gil-Echevarria, who is just milliseconds off of setting a new school record in the mile, enters the meet ranked sixth in the event. Reiter, Penaloza and Arrigoni (5K only) will each look to fight for points in the 3,000 and 5,000.

“This is our strongest distance group in many years so it will be fun to see what they can do,” said Mecklenburg. “They’re coming in a little more fearless and are ready to prove themselves and surprise some people.”

The sprints crew comes in with a chip on its shoulder. Day, Monson, Cornish and Rodriguez form the 4x400 relay and hope to be a dark horse in the event.

“Our 4x400 relay are coming in fresh and I feel that they’ll run faster than they have this season and score for us,” said Mecklenburg.

Competition at Holt Arena begins Thursday with the women’s pentathlon and the first four events of the men’s heptathlon starting at noon. The final three heptathlon events begin Friday at 10:30 a.m.

The remainder of Friday’s competition will start at 3 p.m. (field) and 4 p.m. (running). Field events contested Friday include the men’s weight throw, long jump and pole vault along with the women’s high jump, shot put and long jump. Prelims will be run Friday for the 60-meter hurdles, 400, 60, 800 and 200. Friday’s action will be capped with finals in the 5,000 and the distance medley relay.

The remaining finals and field events will be contested Saturday. Field events will begin at 10 a.m. and running events will kick off at 12:30 p.m.

“We are poised for a number of strong marks and placing at the conference meet,” said Kerr. “Hopefully we can also get some performances that will move people on to Albuquerque for the National meet.”

Men’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – Feb. 27- Mar. 1– Pocatello, Idaho
NCAA Championships – Mar. 14-15 – Albuquerque, N.M.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 14 (New: None)

Nick Stearns – Pole Vault – 16-2 3/4 – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
Nick Stearns – Heptathlon – 4,729 – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
Jon Buchanan – Shot Put – 56-3 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Trenton Osborn – Long Jump – 23-2 1/2– East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS ’13)
Phil Puccino – High Jump – 6-8 – Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ‘10/Coffeyville CC)
Steven Warner – 60 hurdles – 8.10 – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Phil Puccino – Triple Jump – 47-0 1/4 – Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ‘10/Coffeyville CC)
 Zack Nielsen – Weight Throw – 63-1 1/4 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Jordan Arakawa – Weight Throw – 66-1 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Jon Buchanan – Weight Throw – 60-7 1/4 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Shaun Lemafa – Weight Throw – 57-7 3/4– Auburn, Wash. (Auburn HS ‘09/Clackamas CC)
 Brad Michael – 400 meters – 48.12 – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Phil Puccino – Long Jump – 23-4 – Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ‘10/Coffeyville CC)
Brad Michael – 200 meters – 22.02 - Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)

Women’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – Feb. 27- Mar. 1– Pocatello, Idaho
NCAA Championships – Mar. 14-15 – Albuquerque, N.M.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 13 (New: One - Clark PV)

Olivia Midles – Weight Throw – 55-5 3/4 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Vania Tauvela – Weight Throw – 58-7 1/2 – Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Keisa Monterola – Pole Vault – 13-5 1/4 – Caracus, Venezuela (Licro Caracas HS ‘06/Clackamas CC)
Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – 12-5 1/2 – Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS ’13)
Paula Gil-Echevarria – Mile – 4:54.78 – Madrid, Spain
Morena Mannucci – Triple Jump – 38-1 1/4 – Rome, Italy (Anco Marzio HS ’10)
Emma Murillo – Weight Throw – 55-7 3/4 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Sarah Reiter – 5,000 meters – 17:26.65 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ‘12/Montana State)
Sarah Reiter – 3,000 meters – (Cross-Qualified in 5,000) – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ‘12/Montana State) Berenice Penaloza – 5,000 meters – 17:30.04 – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS ’11)
Berenice Penaloza – 3,000 meters – (Cross-Qualified in 5,000) – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS ’11)
Morgan Romey – Shot Put – 44-6 – Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS ’11)
Erin Clark – Pole Vault – 12-0 – Cheney, Wash. (Cheney HS ’13)

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 – (2011 Indoors: 3rd in shot put)
Brad Michael – (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 – (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 – (2013 Indoors: 2nd in weight throw)
Joey Payne – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in javelin)

Keisa Monterola - (2013 Outdoors: Champion in pole vault; 2012 Outdoors: Champion in pole vault; 2012 Indoors: Champion in pole vault)
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, 120 – (10 first-place votes) Weber State, 98
Sacramento State, 94
Montana State, 90
Southern Utah, 70
Eastern Washington, 67
Montana, 61 (one first-place vote)
Idaho State, 57
North Dakota, 26
Portland State, 23
Northern Colorado, 20

Women's Poll

Team, Points
Sacramento State, 113 – (six first-place votes) Northern Arizona, 99 (one first-place vote) Weber State, 95 (three first-place votes) Portland State, 79 (one first-place vote) Montana State, 76
Montana, 64
Idaho State, 60
Southern Utah, 59
Eastern Washington, 46
Northern Colorado, 20
North Dakota, 15

NATIONALLY-RANKED EAGLES – Eastern has four athletes sitting in the top 100 nationally (Division I). Keisa Monterola ranks 30th in the pole vault (13-5 1/2). On the men’s side, Jordan Arakawa ranks 32nd in the weight throw (66-1) and Zack Nielsen sits 69th (63-1 1/4). Jon Buchanan ranks 98th in the shot put (56-3).

BIG SKY LEADERS – Eastern currently leads the Big Sky in three events on the season: Jordan Arakawa in the weight throw (66-1), Brad Michael in the 400 (48.12) and Keisa Monterola in the pole vault (13-5 1/4).

REGIONALLY-RANKED – In the latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Rankings by Region (Week #5), EWU’s men are ranked 12th in the west region.

TOP SEASON PERFORMANCES

Men

Nick Stearns – Jumps/Multi. – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
Stearns competed in his first career heptathlon and finished in great fashion, qualifying for the Big Sky Championships with a score of 4,729 at the Candy Cane VI Invite to rank fifth in school history. His top scoring event was the pole vault in which he had a clearance of 15-9, also hitting a conference standard. Stearns’ next best scoring event was the 55 hurdles, running 8.11 for 806 points. At the Ed Jacoby Invitational, Stearns cleared an indoor personal best of 16-2 3/4 in the pole vault during the heptathlon competition.

Jon Buchanan – Throws – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Buchanan uncorked a personal best of 56-3 in the shot put at the Vandal Indoor, placing second overall and ranking him seventh all-time at Eastern. He also had a qualifying toss of 58-10 1/4 in the weight throw at the Candy Cane VI, placing third and completing a 1, 2, 3 sweep in the event for Eastern. At the Husky Classic, Buchanan became just the sixth Eagle to eclipse the 60-foot plateau in the weight throw with a toss of 60-7 1/4.

Phil Puccino – Jumps – Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ‘10/Coffeyville CC)
Puccino has qualified in the triple, long and high jump this season. He cleared the bar at 6-8 to place second at the Candy Cane VI. At the Ed Jacoby Invitational, Puccino leaped a personal-best distance of 23-4 in the long jump. The

male jumps captain also had a seasonal best mark of 47-0 1/4 in the triple jump at the Ed Jacoby Invite. He ranks first in the long jump and second in the triple amongst the Big Sky with those marks.

Zack Nielsen – Throws – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Nielsen had a toss of 62-3 3/4 in the weight throw at the Candy Cane VI, placing first and edging teammate Jordan Arakawa by half an inch. The mark preserved Nielsen’s meet record and also booked his ticket to the conference meet. He reached his personal best at the Husky Classic, popping off a throw of 63-1 1/4 to place fourth.

Steven Warner – Hurdles/Sprints – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Warner qualified for the Big Sky Championships in the 55-meter hurdles, running a personal best of 7.61 in the prelims and 7.63 in the finals to place first at the Candy Cane VI Invite. His preliminary time moved the senior up to fourth in school history. Warner ran a season-best time of 8.10 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Ed Jacoby Invitational, placing second by .01 seconds and inching closer to his school record of 8.07 set in 2012 when he won the Big Sky Indoor title in the event.

Jordan Arakawa – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Going into the Ed Jacoby Invitational with a seasonal best of 62-3 1/4, Arakawa launched a personal-best toss of 66- 1, placing first overall. The junior moved atop the conference with that mark and was also named Big Sky men’s field Athlete of the Week for that performance. Arakawa was second in the weight and hammer throw last season at the Big Sky indoor and outdoor meets and ranks second in school history in both events.

Trenton Osborn – Jumps – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS ’13)
In his debut as an Eagle, Osborn leaped a winning distance of 23-2 in the long jump at the Candy Cane VI, qualifying the freshman for his first Big Sky Championships. At the Husky Classic, he improved on that mark by half an inch.

Shaun Lemafa – Throws - Auburn, Wash. (Auburn HS ‘09/Clackamas CC)
Lemafa eclipsed the Big Sky standard in the weight throw at the Idaho Collegiate, getting off a toss of 56-4 to place fourth overall. He improved on that mark with a throw of 57-7 3/4 at the Vandal Indoor, placing fifth.

Brad Michael – Sprints – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Michael has qualified in both the 400 and 200 on the season. He has seasonal bests of 22.02 in the 200 (Vandal Indoor) and 48.12 in the 400 (Husky Classic). The junior is coming off of two straight second-place finishes indoors in the 400.

Women

Keisa Monterola – Pole Vault – Caracus, Venezuela (Licro Caracas HS ‘06/Clackamas CC)
Monterola, who is competing in her final indoor season at EWU, cleared a height of 13-5 1/4 in the pole vault at the Candy Cane VI to win the event and qualify for the conference meet. The three-time Big Sky Champion matched that mark at the UW Indoor Preview for a second-place finish. Monterola has claimed Big Sky Field Athlete of the Week honors for each of those performances.

Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS ’13)
Competing for the first time as an Eagle, Bray had a runner-up finish behind EWU teammate Keisa Monterola in the pole vault at the Candy Cane VI Invite, clearing the bar at 12-5 1/2 to nab her first career Big Sky qualifying mark. That clearance ranks the freshman seventh all-time at Eastern. She matched that seasonal best at the Runner’s Soul Open, placing third.

Olivia Midles – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Midles launched a personal best of 55-5 3/4 in the weight throw at the Candy Cane VI Invite, placing first and qualifying the junior for the Big Sky meet. That mark also moves Midles up to seventh in school history.

Vania Tauvela – Throws – Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Tauvela, who qualified for the conference meet at the opening Candy Cane VI, got off a seasonal best of 58-7 3/4 in the weight throw at the Runner’s Soul Open. She is coming off of two straight fourth-place finishes in the weight at the Big Sky indoor meet and her mark of 58-8 1/2 ranks third in school history

Paula Gil-Echevarria – Distance – Madrid, Spain
Competing in her first season for the Eagles, Gil-Echevarria came milliseconds from breaking the school record in the mile with a 4:54.78 clocking at the Husky Classic. She now ranks second all-time behind Caitlin Prunty, who ran 4:54.67 in 2004. Gil-Echevarria also clocked a time of 2:17.35 in the 800 at the Idaho Collegiate, ranking her ninth in school history.

Morena Mannucci – Jumps – Rome, Italy (Anco Marzio HS ’10)
Mannucci booked her ticket to the conference meet with a leap of 37-10 in the triple jump at the UW Indoor Preview. She leaped a seasonal best of 38-1 1/4 at the Husky Classic. The Italian-native ranks fourth in school history with a jump of 38-6 1/2.

Sarah Reiter – Distance – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’12)
At the UW Invitational, Reiter ran a time of 17:26.65 in the 5,000 to rank second in school history only behind Eagle legend Kari McKay (16:35.08, ‘92). That time also cross-qualifies her for both the 5,000 and the 3,000 at the Big Sky Indoor Championships. Reiter ran a time of 10:00.57 in the 3,000 at the Husky Classic, moving her up to third in school history.

Emma Murillo – Throws – Kennewick Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
After flirting with the Big Sky qualifying mark in previous two meets, Murillo launched a throw of 55-2 in the weight throw at the Idaho Collegiate to book her ticket to the Big Sky Championships. She improved on that seasonal-best mark with a throw of 55-7 3/4 at the Husky Classic.

Berenice Penaloza – Distance – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS’11)
Penaloza ran a time of 17:30.04 in the 5,000 at the UW Invitational, ranking the women’s distance captain fourth all- time at Eastern. That time also cross-qualifies her for both the 3,000 and 5,000 at the conference meet. She ran a time of 10:07.83 in the 3,000 at the Husky Classic to rank sixth in school history.

Morgan Romey – Throws – Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS ’11)
Romey qualified for the Big Sky Championships in the shot put after getting off a toss of 44-6 at the Ed Jacoby Invitational.

Jozie Kimes – Jumps/Multi. – Cashmere, Wash. (Cashmere HS ’12)
Kimes recorded a new-personal best score of 3,279 in the pentathlon, placing fifth and moving the sophomore up to third all-time at Eastern. She was also just 21 points off of meeting the Big Sky standard of 3,300. Kimes’ best event in the pentathlon was the high jump, in which she cleared 5-4 1/4 (771 points), setting a new personal best and also coming within less than an inch of the Big Sky qualifying mark of 5-5 for the open high jump.

Erin Clark – Pole Vault – Cheney, Wash. (Cheney HS ’13)
At the last-chance Husky Classic meet, Clark booked her ticket to the conference meet, clearing a height of 12-0 in the pole vault. That mark moves the true freshman up to ninth all-time at Eastern.

Catie Arrigoni – Distance – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
Arrigoni has made her mark in the record books during her first season with the Eagles. Her times of 10:25.60 in the 3,000 and 17:41.97 put the Everett CC transfer 10th and fifth in school history, respectively.

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 Indoor Track and Field – http://bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?path=itf&
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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