King Breaks School Record in 10,000 meters

At the Stanford Invitational, Eagles obtain 16 qualifying marks for the Big Sky Conference Championships

Sophomore Kyle King of the Eastern Washington University track and field team broke the school record in the 10,000 meters and qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships at the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday (March 26-27) in Stanford, Calif.

King, a 2008 graduate of Coupeville (Wash.) High School, had a time of 29:34.21 in the 10,000 meters to break the previous record of 29:45.89 set last year at the Stanford Invitational by Paul Limpf. King finished 13th out of 35 competitors and qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships.

In all, 16 qualifying marks were attained by Eastern athletes for the league meet, which will take place in Ogden, Utah, on May 12-16. The Eagles will compete next weekend at the Al Manuel Invitational on April 2-3 in Missoula, Mont., before hosting the 39th Annual Pelluer Invitational in Cheney, Wash., on April 9.

Ben Cogdill finished sixth out of 15 competitors in the pole vault at Stanford with a career-best mark of 16-6 3/4 to rank third in school history. His previous best of 16-0 3/4 was set last season.

On the women’s side, Sarah Frey had a winning time of 1:00.45 in the 400-meter hurdles.  Her time qualified her for the BSC Championships and ranks second in school history behind the time of 58.12 set in 1999 by Seville Broussard. Frey was part of the 4x100 team which finished seventh with a time of 46.62 to rank fifth in school history. Brianna Okoro, Shene Davis and Whitney Leavitt were the other members of that relay.

Erica Chaney had a throw of 147-7 to win the discus throw and qualify for the conference championships. She also qualified in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 45-3 to rank fifth in school history.

Nicole Luckenbach finished second in the hammer with a mark of 188-4 to qualify for the conference championships.  She currently holds the school record with a mark of 191-11 set last season.

King, Cogdill, Frey, Luckenbach and Chaney accounted for five of the 16 qualifying marks attained for the BSC Championships. Others included:
400m – 48.88 – Brad Wall
High Jump – 6-6 1/4 – Adam Stewart
Javelin – 206-5 – Aaron Mettler
Shot Put – 52-5 1/2 – David Howard
Shot Put – 50-11 1/2 – Brody Faire
Discus – 155-8 – David Howard
100m – 12.28 – Whitney Leavitt
200m – 24.96 – Whitney Leavitt
200m – 25.30 – Brianna Okoro
Long Jump – 18-9 1/4 – Shene Davis
Pole Vault – 12-3 1/2 – Chelsi Friese
Javelin – 151-10 – Michelle Coombs

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