May 14, 2014

Eagles Gear Up for Big Sky Championships in Flagstaff

Eastern heads to Northern Arizona in position for multiple All-Big Sky individual performances

The postseason is about to be in full bloom for the Eastern Washington University track and field teams, as they will be flying down to Flagstaff, Arizona, for the Big Sky Outdoor Championships on Wednesday through Saturday (May 14-17). The meet will be hosted by Northern Arizona University and held at Lumberjack Stadium.

“I’m very excited about the balance we have as a team going in to these Big Sky Championships,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr. “In particular, the meet is near and dear to the heart for the seniors. This will be the final collegiate competition for a lot of them.”

“This is the most important outdoor meet for us,” said head women's coach Mecklenburg. “That’s the focus for the team the entire year; to get ready for this meet, perform strongly and peak there.”

At last year’s outdoor meet in Forest Grove, Oregon, the Eagle men finished fourth with 92 points and the women finished fifth with 74 points, just a point short of tying for fourth with Montana. This year’s Big Sky coaches poll had the Eagles predicted to finish seventh (men) and eighth (women).

“I’m hoping for us to finish in the top half of the Big Sky,” said Mecklenburg. “We’ve got some pretty good individuals. While we don’t have all event areas covered, we do have some event areas that are really loaded, so hopefully that works out to our advantage.”

The Eagles will be looking to once again prove those polls wrong, as they enter the meet with depth in the throws and women’s distance events.

“The preseason polls always underestimate us and that’s kind of baffling considering our personnel, performances and accolades we’ve accumulated this season,” said Kerr. “We’re not a seventh-place team. We’re thinking top four and with a couple breakthroughs even the top three is very realistic with some key contributions.”

EWU will be sending 25 men and 26 women to Northern Arizona, with several in strong position to either score points or contend for a podium spot.

The meet will kick off Wednesday with the first day of the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon, which will conclude Thursday. The decathlon will begin at 10 a.m. each day, while the start of the heptathlon will be at 10:30 a.m (PST).

The regular portion of the meet will be contested Friday and Saturday. Field events will begin at 10 .m. each day (PST). Running events will be contested starting at 3 p.m. Friday and at noon on Saturday.

Meet information and live stats are available at http://nauathletics.com/sports/track/2013-14/releases/20140423auptm6.

“Our veterans are excited about returning to the conference meet and our newcomers will get their first experience and see how good this conference is,” said Kerr. “It takes a pretty remarkable performance to score points in each of the 21 events.”

Men’s Preview

Competing for the men will be Jordan Arakawa (hammer), Evan Banchero (discus), Jon Buchanan (shot put, hammer), Kyle Caviezel (100), Aaron Cunningham (shot put, discus), Austin Frostad (10,000), Collin Green (4x400), Kramer Green (4x400), Brandon Harris (triple jump), Alex Kimsey (5K, 10K), Steven Kutsch (steeplechase), Shaun Lemafa (hammer), Brad Michael (400, 4x400), Andrew Morgan (high jump), Zack Nielsen (hammer, discus), Obinna Nnadi (100, 200), Quin Olivas (800, 1500), Trenton Osborn (long jump, triple jump), Austin Oser (5K, 10K), Joey Payne (javelin), Max Pratt (javelin), Nick Stearns (pole vault), Nik Taylor (steeplechase), Austin Upmeyer (400, 4x400) and Steven Warner (110-hurdles).

The male throwers’ performance at the indoor conference meet further solidified that they’re the powerhouse event are for the Eagle men. Switching from the weight throw to the hammer throw and adding in the javelin and discus outdoors has increased the depth for that squad even more.

Arakawa comes into the meet as the favorite in the hammer. Including his personal best of 219-3 at the Al Manuel Invitational, he has eclipsed 210 feet on five different occasions in the event this season. The junior is coming off his first Big Sky title in the weight throw indoors, in which he led a historic one-two-three sweep with Nielsen and Buchanan.

“Jordan will lead our throws group as he did indoors,” said Kerr. “Our conference knows who our guys are, but they cannot be underestimated.”

Nielsen and Buchanan are ranked third and fourth in the hammer, and the seniors will once again be a podium threat this weekend in their final Big Sky meet. Buchanan also enters the weekend ranked second in the shot put, while Nielsen sits fifth in the discus. In addition to Buchanan’s third-place finish in the weight, he was also second in the shot indoors.

Payne, who finished second in the javelin last season, comes into the meet eying the podium once again. The sophomore is ranked third in the event.

“Joey is one of the top guys in the javelin and that event is pretty wide open,” said Kerr. “Marcia does a great job preparing the throws crew and Joey has been through a couple of big meets and gotten the feel of it.”

Also adding depth to the throws crew will be senior Lemafa, junior Pratt and a pair of freshmen in Banchero and Cunningham, whom all are in good position to battle for some points.

In the jumping events, Stearns heads into the meet fresh off a seasonal best that earned him Big Sky Men’s Field Athlete of the Week. His mark of 16-5 1/2 in the pole vault is the third-best mark in the conference this season. Stearns was second in the event last year outdoors and will be gunning after his third All-Big Sky performance.

“Nick has his work cut out for him against Montana’s Keith Webber,” said Kerr. “He’ll definitely be a strong contender for a spot on the podium.”

The talented freshman Osborn enters the weekend ranked fourth in the long jump, an event he placed second in indoors. He also ranks eighth in the triple jump.

“Trenton was a little mad at himself after placing second indoors,” said Kerr. “He’s going to rebound and should contend for the top podium spot.”

Also competing for the jumps crew is Harris and Morgan. Despite competing in his first meet as an Eagle last weekend, Kerr believes Harris has some upside.

“Brandon is one of our X-factors this weekend,” said Kerr. “He’s been with our program for a year and is coming off of shoulder surgery. This will be his second meet outdoors and he’s athletic and talented enough to score some solid points for us.”

In the sprints, Michael will be going after a sixth-consecutive All-Big Sky performance in the 400. The junior is ranked fourth in the event this season. Upmeyer will also take on the quarter-mile.

Michael and Upmeyer will be joined by the Green twins in the 4x400 relay. Eastern has the second-fastest time in the Big Sky (3:14.06).

“We have some great talent in the 400 and 4x400 relay,” said Kerr. “We’re very goal driven within that group and will have a good battle with Northern Arizona and Idaho State.”

Another athlete competing in his final Big Sky meet will be Warner, who is ranked fifth amongst a tightly-contested field in the 110 hurdles. The senior was third in the event in 2012 and also claimed a Big Sky title indoors in the 60-hurdles that same year.

“Nobody wants to go out with a bang more than Steven,” said Kerr. “He’s in a great spot in the hurdles and is poised and ready to race this weekend.”

Rounding out the sprints crew and taking on the short sprints will be Nnadi and Caviezel.

Eastern brings in six runners hoping to be competitive in the particularly strong Big Sky distance events.

“Distance-wise we’re a little thin on the men’s side,” said Kerr. “Although we are young in that group, our distance guys have experience running in high elevation and they could surprise some people.”

Kimsey and Oser will take on the tasking 10K/5K double, while Kutsch and Taylor are entered in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Frostad joins Kimsey and Oser in the 10K, and OIivas is running the middle-distance events.

 “We have a number of athletes who will contribute to our team as a whole and really prove that seventh-place prediction wrong,” said Kerr. “It’s going to be tough contending with NAU, but we want to go down there and be a powerful team that’s ready to perform.”

Women's Preview

Participating for the women will be Catie Arrigoni (steeplechase,1,500, 5K), Samantha Baker (javelin), Brooklyn Bellomy (high jump), Courtney Bray (pole vault), Anandae Clark (pole vault), Erin Clark (pole vault), Leiran Cornish (4x400), Kelsie Forcier (hammer, shot put, discus), Paula Gil-Echevarria (steeplechase, 1,500, 5K), Paige Hammock (400 hurdles, 4x100), Madeline Jacobson (javelin), Jozie Kimes (heptathlon, 400 hurdles), Brita Kintz (pole vault), Whitney Leavitt (200, 4x100), Erika Lombardo (100, 200, 4x100), Katie Mahoney (steeplechase, 1,500, 5K), Olivia Midles (hammer), Brooke Monson (4x100, 4x400), Emma Murillo (hammer, discus, javelin), Berenice Penaloza (5K, 10K), Sarah Reiter (5K, 10K), Angelica Rodriguez (400, 4x400), Morgan Romey (shot put, discus), Martha Sanford (400 hurdles), Kacie Seims (javelin) and Vania Tauvela (hammer).

An event area that has experienced breakthrough after breakthrough this season is the women’s distances, and they are hoping to continue that momentum in highly-elevated Flagstaff.

“Actually I think our distance crew is our strongest event area,” said Mecklenburg. “They’re ranked very well, have a lot of depth and they can cover a lot of areas.”

Mahoney, who has broken two of her own school records this year, enters the meet ranked second in both the steeplechase and 1,500. Arrigoni and Gil-Echevarria have recorded the No. 2 and 3 times behind Mahoney’s school record in the steeple, and are ranked third and fourth in the conference. The steeple trio will also run the 1,500 and 5K.

Reiter and Penaloza will join those three in the 5K, pitting five Eastern runners in the event and putting them in position to get some solid points. Reiter has ran the third (10K) and fifth-fastest (5K) times in school history this season, while Penaloza’s times in the events both rank sixth, respectively.

“Katie leads that group heading into this weekend with some very strong runners behind us,” said Mecklenburg. “We have a really talented group of five girls competing and they’re really going to do well. I’m excited to see what happens.”

Another event area with depth for the women is the throws, with eight athletes totaling up 13 entries across the four throwing events.

“This is probably our strongest throws crew ever,” said Mecklenburg. “We only lose a couple of them after this year, so I think down the road we will be even stronger.”

Murillo and Forcier each are seeking big points for the Eagles, as they are both entered in three different events. They will join Midles and Tauvela in the hammer throw, which Midles is ranked third in heading into the weekend. Eastern is also fielding four athletes in the javelin, including Baker, Jacobson, Murillo and Seims.

“A lot of our throwers are ranked very well going into this weekend and I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished so far this season,” said Mecklenburg. “The Big Sky is very good in the throwing events though, so we’ll really have to do well to score some strong points.”

Romey has the third-best conference mark in the shot put. Forcier and Romey will each compete in the shot and will join fifth-ranked Murillo in the discus.

In the jumps, despite the loss of school-record holder and four-time Big Sky Champion Keisa Monterola after exhausting her eligibility, the pole vault continues to be a staple for the Eastern women. The true freshman Bray has taken the reigns from Monterola, entering the meet ranked first with a jump of 13-6 1/4.

“The strength over the year for us has been the pole vault and once again that’s the event we’re ranked highest in going into the weekend,” said Mecklenburg. “Our vaulters will score some important points for us.”

Anandae Clark, Erin Clark and Kintz will also vault for Eastern. Anandae Clark is sixth on the Big Sky performance lists.

Other athletes in the jumps include Bellomy in the high jump and mutli-athlete Kimes. The sophomore Kimes recorded the fifth-highest score in school history in the heptathlon a few weeks ago and will compete in the two-day seven-event gauntlet starting today.

In the sprints, Eastern will look particularly at its relays to pull of some upsets and earn points for the team. The 4x400 ranks sixth and will consist of Leavitt, Monson, Cornish and Rodriguez. Leavitt and Monson will also be on the 4x100 with Lombardo and Hammock, which has the No. 9 time in the conference.

“We need to get some points from the relays,” said Mecklenburg. “Last year we missed fourth place by a point, so I know our sprinters will really play a role in what happens. They will be fresh and rested for the most part, so hopefully that will play to our advantage.”

In the open events, Lombardo and Leavitt will run the 200 and Lombardo will also compete in the 100. Rodriguez, who owns the second-fastest time in school history, will look to be competitive in a deep women’s 400 field. Eastern will field the trio of Kimes, Sanford and Hammock in the 400 hurdles.

“We always go in not ranked very high and finish a lot better,” said Mecklenburg. “I think that’s going to happen again this year and I’m real excited. Hopefully other athletes can break through and score where we need them to score for us to move up.”

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: 14

Steven Warner – 110 hurdles – 14.50 – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Jordan Arakawa – Hammer Throw – 219-3 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Zack Nielsen – Hammer Throw – 200-11 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Jon Buchanan – Hammer Throw – 193-5 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Zack Nielsen – Discus – 170-2 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Jon Buchanan – Shot Put – 56-10 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Joey Payne – Javelin – 206-4 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)
Brad Michael – 400 meters – 47.85 – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Trenton Osborn – Long Jump – 23-4 1/2 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS ’13)
Trenton Osborn – Triple Jump – 45-6 1/2 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS ’13)
Kyle Caviezel - 100 meters - 10.77 - Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers-Puyallup HS ’12)
Kramer Green – 400-meter hurdles – 54.88 – Buckley, Wash. (White River HS ’10)
Nick Stearns – Pole Vault  - 16-5 1/2 – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
Austin Upmeyer – 400 meters – 49.03 – Spokane Valley, Wash. (University 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: Katie Mahoney – 3,000-meter steeplechase – 10:17.34, 1,500 – 4:25.33
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 29

Olivia Midles – Hammer Throw – 195-10 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Kelsie Forcier – Hammer Throw – 185-2 – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Emma Murillo – Javelin – 137-3 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – 13-6 1/4 – Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS ’13)
Catie Arrigoni – 3,000-meter steeplechase – 10:20.75 – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
Kelsie Forcier – Discus – 157-6 – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – 12-4 – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
Morgan Romey – Shot Put – 48-6 1/4 – 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 –16:49.63 – 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 – 17:05.71 – 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 – 10:17.34 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Emma Murillo – Discus – 159-11 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Kelsie Forcier - Shot Put - 45-7 1/2 - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Emma Murillo - Hammer Throw - 179-11 - Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Vania Tauvela - Hammer Throw – 170-4 - Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Samantha Baker - Javelin – 145-2 - Spokane, Wash. (Mead HS ’13)
Jozie Kimes – Heptathlon – 4,429 – Cashmere, Wash. (Cashmere HS ’12)
Catie Arrigoni – 1,500 – 4:33.80 – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
Paula Gil-Echevarria – 3,000-meter steeplechase – 10:29.03 – Madrid, Spain
Morgan Romey – Discus – 142-11 – Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS ’11)
Katie Mahoney – 1,500 – 4:25.33 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Katie Mahoney – 800 – 2:12.40 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Katie Mahoney – 5,000 – 16:45.92 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Katie Mahoney – 10,000 – (Cross-qualified in 5K) – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Jozie Kimes  - 400 hurdles – 1:03.38 – Cashmere, Wash. (Cashmere HS ’12)

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 Courtney Bray (pole vault, 13-6 1/4).

REGIONALLY-RANKED – The following Eagles have hit marks that rank in or near the top 48 of the Division I West Region

Men
39. Jon Buchanan (Shot Put, 56-10)
7. Jordan Arakawa (Hammer Throw, 219-3)
25. Zack Nielsen (Hammer Throw, 200-11)
53. Jon Buchanan (Hammer Throw, 193-5)
41. Joey Payne (Javelin, 206-4)

Women
15. Katie Mahoney (steeplechase, 10:17.34)
23. Catie Arrigoni (steeplechase, 10:20.75)
38. Paula Gil-Echevarria (steeplechase, 10:29.03)
17. Courtney Bray (pole vault, 13-6 1/4)
52. Morgan Romey (Shot Put, 48-6 1/4)
23. Olivia Midles (Hammer Throw, 195-10)
53. Kelsie Forcier (Hammer Throw, 185-2)
50. Samantha Baker (Javelin, 145-2)

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. Arakawa also got off throws of 212-1 (Stanford), 216-8 (Pelluer) and 210-1 (Duane Hartman) that have earned him Big Sky Men’s Field Athlete of the Week on four occasions this season, becoming just the second Eagle in school history to earn the honor four times during  a season (Joyce Rainwater, 1990 indoors). His personal best continues to rank second in school history behind David Paul (226-2, 2007).

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 broke the 200-foot barrier in the hammer for the first time in his career at the Pelluer Invitational with a personal best of 200-11 that ranks fifth in school history. At the Beach Invitational, Nielsen got off a personal-best throw of 170-2 in the discus, which ranks 10th in school history.

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 Pelluer Invitational, getting off throws of 56-10 in the shot put and 193-5 in the hammer. Those marks rank Buchanan fifth and 10th all-time 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. He won the event at the Pelluer, running a seasonal-best time of 14.50 and edging the runner-up by a millisecond.

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. At the Mt. SAC Relays, Michael recorded a seasonal-best time of 47.85 in the 400.

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. He improved on that mark with a collegiate-best jump of 23-4 1/2 at the Pelluer. Osborn also competed in the triple jump at the Pelluer and qualified with a mark of 45-6 1/2.

Kyle Caviezel - Sprints - Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers-Puyallup HS ’12)
Caviezel sprinted to a personal-best time of 10.77 in the 100, winning the event at the windy Pelluer Invitational. That time meets the Big Sky standard.

Kramer Green – Sprints/Hurdles – Buckley, Wash. (White River HS ’10)
After flirting with the Big Sky standard at the previous couple meets, Green booked his ticket to the conference meet, running a time of 54.88 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Nick Stearns – Pole Vault – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
Stearns qualified for the Big Sky Championships in the pole vault, clearing a height of 15-11 at the Mt. SAC Relays. He improved with a big seasonal-best jump of 16-5 1/2 at the Vandal Jamboree, placing second. Stearns was named Big Sky men’s field Athlete of the Week for that performance.

Austin Upmeyer – Sprints – Spokane Valley, Wash. (University HS ’13)
Upmeyer qualified for the Big Sky Championships in the 400, running a time of 49.03 to place second at the Duane Hartman Invitational.

Women

Olivia Midles – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Midles kicked off the outdoor season winning the hammer throw with a mark of 179-5 at the Dusty Lane Open to qualify for the Big Sky Championships. She fired off a personal best of 195-10 at the Pelluer Invitational, breaking the meet and stadium record. Midles ranks second in school history with that mark, but has moved closer to the school record of 199-8 set in 2010 by Nicole Luckenbach.

Kelsie Forcier – Throws – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Forcier, who is competing in her first outdoor season with the Eagles, has qualified in three events on the season: the hammer throw, discus and shot put. She had a throw of 45-7 1/2 in the shot put at Pelluer Invite, the sixth-best mark in school history. She added personal bests of 185-2 in the hammer and 145-5 in the discus at the Beach Invitational. That mark in the hammer ranks third 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 cleared a personal best of 13-6 1/4 at the Vandal Jamboree, placing second. That mark ranks third in school history and fifth all-time in the Big Sky. Bray also earned Big Sky women’s field Athlete of the Week for that performance.

Emma Murillo – Throws – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Murillo has qualified in three events on the season: the javelin, discus and hammer throw. Murillo qualified in the hammer at the Pelluer Invite with a seasonal-best throw of 179-11. She threw a seasonal best of 137-3 in the javelin at the Beach Invitational. At the OSU High Performance Meet, Murillo achieved a huge personal best of 159-11 in the discus, vaulting her up to second in school history, now only trailing school-record holder Carolee Gutierrez (160-9, 2007).

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 qualify for the Big Sky meet. She improved on that time heavily at the OSU High Performance Meet, racing to a personal best of 10:20.75. That time ranks second in school history only behind school-record holder and teammate 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. Arrigoni became a quadruple Big Sky qualifier after running a time of 4:33.80 in the 1,500 at the Beach Invitational, which ranks seventh in school history.

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. She won the event at the Pelluer Invite with a collegiate outdoor best of 12-4, ranking her sixth in school history.

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 unleashed a personal-best throw of 48-6 1/4 at the Pelluer Invite to move up to third all-time at Eastern.

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. Reiter ran a time of 17:02.50 in the 5,000 at the Mt. SAC Relays to move into the top ten at Eastern. She improved with a time of 16:49.63 at the OSU High Performance Meet, now ranking fifth all-time at Eastern.

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. Penaloza ran 17:05.71 in the 5,000 at the Mt. SAC Relays, which also ranks sixth in school history.

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. At the Mt. SAC Relays, Mahoney broke her own school record in the event, racing to a time of 10:17.34 to place third in the open elite section. She wasn’t done there as she also broke her own school record in the 1,500 at the Beach Invitational, running 4:25.33 and also meeting a Big Sky standard. She capped the weekend by becoming a triple conference qualifier, running a personal best of 2:12.40 in the 800, which moves her up to second all-time at Eastern, now only trailing school-record holder Katie Ellison (2:11.41, 2000). Mahoney ran a time of 16:45.92 in the 5,000 at the Duane Hartman Invitational, placing first and moving up to third in school history. That also gave Mahoney her fourth and fifth Big Sky standards of the season, as she cross-qualifies in both the 5K and 10K.

Vania Tauvela - Throws - Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Tauvela booked her ticket to the conference meet with a throw of 165-6 in the hammer, finishing fifth overall in a stacked field for Eastern. She improved on that mark with a personal best of 170-4 at the Duane Hartman Invitational, placing fourth and moving up to 10th all-time at Eastern.

Samantha Baker - Throws - Spokane, Wash. (Mead HS ’13)
After flirting with the mark in previous weeks, Baker had a throw of 139-9 1/2 to place fourth at the Pelluer Invitational and qualify the freshman for the Big Sky Championships. She improved on that mark with a throw of 145-2 at the Duane Hartman Invitational and is just on the cusp of cracking the top 10 all-time at Eastern.

Paula Gil-Echevarria – Distance -  Madrid, Spain
Competing in her first 3,000-meter steeplechase, Gil-Echevarria became just the third Eagle to break the 11-minute mark in the event, running 10:42.75 at the Beach Invitational to rank third in school history behind teammates Katie Mahoney and Catie Arrigoni. At the OSU High Performance Meet, she improved with a time of 10:29.03. She had a time of 4:34.11 in the 1,500 at the Mt. SAC Relays, just missing the Big Sky standard of 4:34 but also putting her eighth all-time at Eastern.

Jozie Kimes – Jumps/Multi. – Cashmere, Wash. (Cashmere HS ’12)
Kimes won the heptathlon at the Spokane Multi 2014 meet, recording a personal-best score of 4,429 to rank fifth in school history and qualify for the Big Sky Championships. Her best scores during the hep came from the 800 (2:24.74, 760) and 100 hurdles (15.83, 735). She also met the Big Sky standard in the 400 hurdles at the Duane Hartman Invitational, placing first with a personal-best time of 1:03.38. That time ranks ninth all-time at Eastern.

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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