Midles breaks into EWU's all-time best list in hammer in Eastern's first outdoor competition Saturday
The Eastern Washington University track and field teams met eight Big Sky Conference qualifying marks (six by the men, two by the women), Saturday (March 19) at the Dusty Lane Open in Spokane, Wash.
Freshman Olivia Midles qualified in the hammer throw in her first Eastern appearance. Her mark of 163-11 earned the Olympia, Wash., native a second-place finish at the meet and an eighth-place spot on EWU's all-time best list.
Senior Erica Chaney qualified in the discus throw with a mark of 140-5 to place her second in the meet.
A number of athletes who redshirted during the indoor season started their outdoor campaigns strong. Included was junior Kersee Lind, who qualified in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.27 to place him second in the meet. Adam Stewart, the 2009 indoor high jump champion, qualified in the outdoor event, clearing a height of 6-6 to send him to the championships. Senior Efrain Sanchez won the pole vault with a qualifying mark of 15-5.
Eastern's male throwers met three qualifying standards, including two promising freshmen. Jordan Arakawa placed first in the hammer throw with a mark of 177-10, and Jon Buchanan placed second in the shot put with a mark of 52-8 3/4. Sophomore Marlyn Anderson also qualified in the shot put, throwing 52-2 3/4 to place him third in the meet.
Eastern will hit the road this week as some of the top competitors will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the Stanford Invitational Friday-Saturday (March 25-26).