Day one of championships presents four all-conference performances and a handful of advancements to finals
Erica Chaney and Kyle King both brought home gold medals in their events Friday (Feb. 25) during the first day of competition at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Pocatello, Idaho.
Chaney, a senior from Spokane,Wash., (Gonzaga Prep HS), placed first in the weight throw with a toss of 57-6 1/2. She was ranked second coming into the competition, behind Nicole Elliot of Northern Arizona, who placed second with a mark of 57-1 3/4. Chaney will compete in the shot put Saturday, an event that she leads in the current standings by more than two feet.
Kyle King made the 5,000 look more like a sprint race, as the junior placed first with a time of 15:23.63. King, a junior from Coupeville, Wash., (Coupeville HS) trailed Northern Arizona's Ahmed Osman the entire race until the last lap when he passed him with 100 meters to go, winning by more than 20 meters.
Senior Krystal Deyo placed second in the long jump with a season-best mark of 18-10. Amber Anderson from Northern Arizona won the event with a mark of 19-11 1/2. Deyo also advanced to the finals in the 60-meter dash.
Freshman Jon Buchanan had an all-conference performance in the shot put with a throw of 52-6, which was a two-foot personal best for the Yakima, Wash., native (East Valley HS). David Phillips from Montana State won the event with a toss of 54-6.
Sophomore Vania Tauvela also earned some points for the Eagles as she placed fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 54-0. Freshman Robin Taylor placed seventh in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 11-11 3/4. Brianna Okoro tied for fourth place in the long jump with a mark of 18-7. She tied with Montana's Jessica Leslie.
Senior Tim Armstrong had three personal-best marks in the first day of the heptathlon competition. He heads into day two in the eighth-place position.
Junior Brad Wall will head into tomorrow's finals for the 400 with a target on his back, as the Vancouver, Wash., native had the fastest time in the preliminary rounds of the competition. His time of 48.50 was just ahead of Sacramento State's Vance Anderson's time of 48.75.
Sophomore Stephen Warner will also advance to the finals in the 60-meter hurdles. His time of 8.51 ranks eighth. Freshman Michael Okoro moved on to the finals in the 400, after he ran a time of 49.63 to rank him fifth in the event.
The Eastern women are sitting in fourth place (31.5 points) after the first day of competition. They trail Montana by one point and Northern Arizona by 1.5 points. Idaho State is in the lead with 50 points. The men are currently placed sixth. The men of Northern Arizona and Sacramento State are tied for the lead with 40 points.