February 13, 2011

Eagles Grab Five Last-Minute Conference Qualifying Marks at Husky Classic

With the Big Sky Conference Championships around the corner, Eastern competitors take advantage of final opportunity to qualify

Complete Results

The Eastern Washington University track and field team traveled to the University of Washington's Dempsey Facility Friday and Saturday (Feb. 11-12) where five more Big Sky Conference qualifying standards were met and four Eagles nabbed positions on EWU's all-time best list.

"The goal for these meets is to qualify, and a few more athletes did that this weekend," said head women's coach Marcia Mecklenburg. "I was very pleased with our women today. They are putting some things together."

Stephanie Dye and Danielle Slaughter both qualified in the 3,000-meter run on Friday night. Junior Dye ran the race in 18:04.68 to place her fourth on EWU's all-time best list while Slaughter finished in 18:27.29 to move the senior into the sixth position on the list.

Freshman Angelica Rodriguez set a personal best in the 800 meters while moving her to third on EWU's all-time best list. She clocked a time of 2:14.39 while placing first in her heat.

Eastern men's distance runners also claimed two Big Sky Conference qualifying marks in the 3,000 as senior Bowe Ebding ran the race in 8:29.73 and Cody Barton crossed the finish line in 8:28.46. Junior Kyle King had a personal best in the 5,000 meters, running a time of 14.18.92.

"This was a great weekend for our distance runners," said distance coach Chris Zeller. "We did exactly what we wanted. We took advantage of having this great facility so close to us. They still have a lot left in the tank and we are still developing."

In the sprints, senior Krystal Deyo qualified in the 60 meters, running a time of 7.76. Junior Nicole Nida ran a personal best in the 200, clocking a time of 25.93. Sophomore Nick Olsson also bettered his 200-meter time with 22.53.

Junior Brad Wall placed another mark in the record books, finishing with a time of 22.12 in the 200 to place him seventh on EWU's all-time best list.

The Eagles will take a week off before traveling to Pocatello, Idaho, Feb. 24-25 to compete in the Big Sky Conference Championships. A total of 30 qualifying marks have been met by Eastern student-athletes -- 16 for the men and 14 for the women.

Men's Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships - Feb. 25-26 in Pocatello, Idaho
NCAA Championships - March 11-12, 2011 in College Station, Texas
School Records Broken: None

Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 14 (New: Two)

55 Hurdles – 7.81 - Steven Warner - Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS '09)
High Jump – 6-7 - Stephen Praast - Ravensdale, Wash. (Tahoma HS '06)
High Jump – 6-6 3/4 -Thomas Kassa - Anacortes, Wash. (Anacortes HS '10)
Heptathlon – 4616 - Tim Armstrong - Spokane, Wash. (East Valley HS '06 CC of Spokane) 
400 Meters – 48.23 – Brad Wall – Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS '08)
Triple Jump – 45-11 1/2 – Andre Moore – Kent, Wash. (Kent Meridian HS '08)
3,000 Meters – 8:16.89 – Kyle King – Coupeville, Wash. (Coupeville HS '08)
800 Meters – 1:53.95 – Tim Pettit – Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS '10)
200 Meters – 22.19 – Brad Wall - Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS '08)

Long Jump – 22-11 1/4 – Kurt Williams – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS '06)
Weight Throw – 57-4 1/4 – Zach Nielson – Lindbergh, Wash. (Renton HS '09)

Long Jump – 22 10 3/4 -Thomas Kassa - Anacortes, Wash. (Anacortes HS '10)

3,000 Meters – 8:28.46 – Cody Barton – Ridgefield, Wash. (Ridgefield HS '08)

3,000 Meters – 8:29.73 – Bowe Ebding – Walla Walla, Wash. (DeSales HS '07)

Women's Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships - Feb. 25-26 in Pocatello, Idaho
NCAA Championships - March 11-12, 2011 in College Station, Texas 

School Records Broken: One (Erica Chaney, Shot Put, 51-7, old record 50-10 by Nancy Kuiper in 1991)

Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 16 (New: Three)

High Jump – 5-4 1/4 - Elise Jepsen - Kennewick, Wash., (Kamiakin HS '09)
Long Jump - 18-5 1/4 - Krystal Deyo - Castle Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock HS '06)
Pole Vault - 11-5 3/4 – Chloe Hall - Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS '09)
Triple Jump – 37-1 1/4 – Elise Jepsen - Kennewick, Wash., (Kamiakin HS '09)
Shot Put – 51-7 – Erica Chaney - Spokane, Wash (Gonzaga Prep '06)
Triple Jump – 37-1 3/4 – Morena Mannucci – Rome, Italy (Anco Marzio HS '10)
Weight Throw – 57-5 3/4 – Erica Chaney – Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep HS '06)
800 Meters – 2:14.39 – Angelica Rodriguez – Hermiston, Wash. (Hermiston HS '10)
200 Meters – 25.37 – Brianna Okoro – Lakewood, Wash. (Bellermine Prep '08)

Pole Vault – 11-11 3/4 – Robin Taylor – Blaine, Wash. (Blaine HS '10)

Pole Vault – 11-5 3/4 – Rachel Jordan - Milwaukie, Ore. (Milwaukie HS '09)
Pole Vault – 11-5 3/4 – Chelsi Friese – Lebam, Wash. (Willapa Valley HS '07)

Weight Throw – 54-6 3/4 - Vania Tauvela - Orting, Wash. (Orting HS '09)

60 Meters – 7.76 – Krystal Deyo – Caste Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock HS '06)

3,000 Meters – 18:04.68 - Stephanie Dye – Chatteroy, Wash. (Riverside HS '08)

3,000 Meters – 18:27.29 - Danielle Slaughter – Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park HS '06 & Western Washington University)

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