Eastern finishes with 43 Big Sky standards met on the season
Fielding a limited squad in preparation for the fast-approaching Big Sky Outdoor Championships next week, the Eastern Washington University track and field teams closed the regular season with a number of strong performances at the Vandal Jamboree on Friday and Saturday (May 9-10) in Moscow, Idaho.
“Today was a good lesson for our team to be aware of and feed off the energy provided by someone having a marquee day,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr.
On the women’s side, Courtney Bray cleared a personal-best height of 13-6 ¼ in the pole vault, placing second behind former teammate Keisa Monterola. The freshman moved up to the No. 3 spot all-time at Eastern behind Robin Taylor (13-7 ¼) and Monterola (14-0).
Anandae Clark jumped 12-0 ½ to finish fourth in the event. Freshman Erin Clark and sophomore Brita Kintz each had marks of 11-6 ½, placing fifth and sixth, respectively.
Leiran Cornish had a runner-up finish in the 400, running 58.09. Brooke Monson was close behind in third (58.18) and also added a fourth-place finish in the 200 (25.62).
Senior Martha Sanford ran a seasonal-best time of 1:05.46 in the 400 hurdles, placing third. Freshman Paige Hammock was fourth with a personal best of 1:05.90.
Emma Murillo (hammer, 171-7), Madeline Jacobson (javelin, 121-7) and Brittney Swanson (800, personal best 2:30.05) each added second-place performances for the Eagles.
Katrina Chamberlain and Brooklyn Bellomy each cleared the high jump bar at 5-1 ¼, tying for fifth place.
On the men’s side, Nick Stearns had a big seasonal best in the pole vault, jumping 16-5 ½ and placing second overall. The junior had a personal best of 16-6 ¾ at the same meet last season, a mark that ranks fourth in school history.
“I felt our vaulters provided a tremendous spark of energy today for the whole team,” said Kerr. “The other event areas performed at a decent level, but decent doesn’t get you to the Big Sky Championships.”
Competing for the first time since the Beach Invitational on April 19, Trenton Osborn jumped a distance of 22-8 ½ in the long jump, placing second.
Senior Steven Warner put together another consistent race in the 110 hurdles, clocking a time of 14.59 and placing second. He has a seasonal best of 14.50 this season.
Obinna Nnadi ran 11.07 to place second in a down-to-the-wire finish of the men’s 100-meter dash with Whitworth’s Matthew Landon (11.06) and Idaho’s Alijah Medellin (11.07). Nnadi also finished fifth in the 200, running 22.88.
Alex Kimsey (33:10.53) and Austin Oser (34:00.78) went one-two in an all Eastern 10,000-meter run.
Eastern finishes the regular season with 43 qualifying marks for next week’s Big Sky Championships, including 29 for the women and 14 for the men. Eagles sitting in the top 20 for their respective events on the conference performance lists can also earn a bid to the conference meet, and will await results from around the conference this weekend to see if they’ve gained or maintained a top-20 spot.
The Eagles will make the venture down to Flagstaff, Arizona in less than a week, as the BSC Outdoor Championships are set for May 14-17 at Northern Arizona University.
“I know our coaching staff is excited about heading to Northern Arizona next week for the championships,” said Kerr. “It’s time to find out who is the best in the Big Sky.”