May 30, 2009

Coombs Sixth and Mettler 10th in Javelin at West Regionals

Freshman Coombs hopes to be selected for NCAA Championships at Arkansas

Two Eastern Washington University track and field athletes placed in the top 10 of the javelin competition Friday and Saturday (May 29-30) at the NCAA West Regionals in Eugene, Ore.

Michelle Coombs finished sixth with a throw of 153-4. Her personal best came earlier this season when she won the Big Sky Conference title with a throw of 163-1 to rank third in school history. She has a chance to earn a wild card spot at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., from June 10-13. Teammate Amanda Peterson finished 20th with a mark of 133-0.

Aaron Mettler was 10th with a throw of 202-5. He had his personal-best throw of 213-2 at the Big Sky Championships to defend his title. Teammates Cody Irby and John Clevenger finished 14th and 17th, respectively. Irby had a throw of 200-3 and Clevenger had a toss of 198-5.

Nicole Luckenbach finished 14th in the hammer with a throw of 179-3. Her best mark this season came when she won the title at the Big Sky Conference Championships with a toss of 191-7, breaking her own school record.

The women's 4x100 team did not finish in the finals. They qualified for race on Friday with a time of 46.65. The members of that team include Shannon Long, Shene Davis, Brianna Okoro and Krystal Deyo.

Other Eastern competitors included Deyo, who finished 15th in the long jump (18-3 1/4), Stephen Praast in the high jump (no height) and Chelsi Friese in the pole vault (no height).

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