Chaney Inches Toward NCAA Berth With School Record in the Shot Put

Seven more Eagle athletes meet Big Sky Conference qualifying standards at Bronco Open

By Krystal Deyo, EWU Sports Information

Complete Results 

Erica Chaney from the Eastern Washington University track team inched her way toward a possible berth in the NCAA Championships as she broke the school record in the shot put Saturday (Feb. 5) at the Bronco Open in Nampa, Idaho.

With a toss of 51-7, Chaney surpassed the 20-year-old record of 50-11, which was set by Nancy Kuiper in 1991. That throw may have also earned the senior from Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep '06), a trip to College Station, Texas, to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships March 11-12.

Although her metric mark of 15.74 meters did not meet the automatic standard of 16.90, women's head coach Marcia Mecklenburg hopes her mark will rank high enough to garner an at-large berth. Those berths are given to participants at the end of the regular season in order to fill a minimum 14-person field in the event.

"This was a long time coming for Erica," Mecklenburg said. "I knew she always had it in her, and I'm happy she finally achieved it."

Chaney, who had already qualified in the weight throw, improved her season-best mark in that event as well. She placed fourth with a mark of 57-5 3/4.

Robin Taylor, a true freshman from Blaine, Wash., qualified in the pole vault, clearing the bar at an impressive height of 11-11 3/4. She now ranks fourth on Eastern's all-time best list, moving up three spots. She placed fifth in the competition.

Chelsi Friese and Rachel Jordan also qualified in the event, both clearing 11-5 3/4. Jordan also moved up on Eastern's all-time best list, now positioned at sixth. Friese is second on the list (12-11 1/2 in 2009). All of Eastern's women pole vaulters are now qualified for the conference championships.

Junior Brianna Okoro qualified in the 200 meters with a time of 25.37.

"I feel like this was a clarifying meet in a lot of regards," said men's head coach Stan Kerr. "We get a better picture of who will be going to the conference championships and who is close to breaking through. It gave us a better idea of where our athletes are."

Sophomore Zach Nielson qualified in the weight throw with a mark of 57-4 1/4 to place him third in the competition.

"Zach continues to be really consistent," said Kerr. "He is our top performer in the weight right now."

Senior Kurt Williams met a qualifying standard in the long jump with a mark of 22-11 1/4 to place him seventh in the competition.

"It was good to see Kurt have a good consistent day in the long jump," said Kerr. "Sometimes when athletes come off of a redshirt season, it takes them awhile to get back in the groove. It's nice to have him qualified now."

Steven Warner had another solid 60-meter hurdle race as the sophomore placed fifth in the event with a time of 8.40.

"Once again, Steven ran very consistently," said Kerr. "We have been focusing a lot on technical aspects of the race. Next week, we are going to work on racing and beating some people."

The men's 4x400-meter relay team closed the meet with a thrilling race as the Eagles battled Weber State for a second-place finish. The Wildcats were ahead of the Eagles until the last leg, when junior Brad Wall pulled ahead on the last curve to help the men claim second place with a 3:19.30 clocking.

"The men's 4x400 ran a really outstanding time," said Kerr. "That puts them at a good place for conference. They are really excited about it."

The Eagles will be back in action next weekend as they travel back to the University of Washington to compete in the Husky Classic (Feb 11-12). This will be the last opportunity for athletes to meet qualifying standards before the conference championships, which will be held in Pocatello, Idaho (Feb. 25-26).

 

Men's Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships - Feb. 25-26 in Pocatello, Idaho
NCAA Championships - March 11-12, 2011 in College Station, Texas
NCAA Championships Automatic Qualifying Standard Met: None
NCAA Championships Provisional Qualifying Standard Met: None
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: Nine (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)

 

Women's Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships - Feb. 25-26 in Pocatello, Idaho
NCAA Championships - March 11-12, 2011 in College Station, Texas 
NCAA Championships Automatic Qualifying Standard Met: None
NCAA Championships Provisional Qualifying Standard Met: None 
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: 13 (New: five)

High Jump – 5-4 - Elise Jepsen - Kennwick, 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 - Kennwick, 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 – 2:15.67 – 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)

 

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