Eagles Launch Outdoor Campaign March 19

Outdoor season to highlight javelin and hammer throwers as Eastern competes in Dusty Lane Open for first outdoor contest

Just three weeks after concluding their indoor season, the Eastern Washington University track and field teams will open their outdoor campaign close to home, as they travel to Spokane, Wash., for the Dusty Lane Open Saturday (March 19), at Spokane Falls Community College.

Competition will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the combined 10,000 meters. The women’s hammer will be the first field event at 10 a.m. Following this weekend’s competition, Eastern’s top competitors will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the Stanford Invitational next Saturday (March 26).

The Eagles will return 11 athletes who have previously earned All-Big Sky Conference honors by placing in the top three at the league’s indoor or outdoor championship meets. The list includes seven men and four women, including a total of seven Big Sky champions. A handful of athletes will also make debuts this spring.

Two-time BSC champion Aaron Mettler will awake from his indoor-season hibernation to highlight the men’s outdoor squad, looking for his fourth-straight all-conference performance in the javelin. The senior from Walla Walla, Wash., placed second in the javelin at the 2010 outdoor championships and was the champion the previous two years.

On the women’s team, Erica Chaney will come off of a stellar indoor season to look for a solid cap to her college career. The senior from Spokane, Wash., placed first in the weight throw and second in the shot put at the indoor conference championships.

Earlier in the season, Chaney broke the school record in the indoor shot put with a toss of 51-7. She surpassed the 20-year-old record of 50-11, which was set by Nancy Kuiper in 1991. Chaney’s best outdoor mark of 49-4 1/4 is just inches away from the school record, which Kuiper also claims with a mark of 50-11. Chaney has been all-conference six times in her career.

Freshman Olivia Midles will make her first Eastern appearance after redshirting the indoor season. Coming from a family whose bloodlines flow rich in the excellence of the hammer throw, Midles broke records left and right in that event during her career at Capital High School in Olympia, Wash. Her best toss in the hammer is 175-10, at the Centralia Twilight meet.

She shattered the state record of 173-7 previously held by her cousin Gabby Midles, who currently throws for Idaho. Olivia dominated the state meet in the hammer, winning in 2008 and 2010, breaking the meet record in 2010. She placed first at the USATF National Junior Track and Field Championships in 2007 and in 2010. Her personal-best throw would already place her fifth on EWU’s all-time outdoor best list.

The Eagle men capped their indoor season with a fifth-place finish while the women placed eighth at the conference championships Feb. 25-26 in Pocatello, Idaho. The Big Sky Conference head coaches predict that the upcoming outdoor finish will look familiar to the indoor.

The Eastern men were selected fifth and the women were picked eighth in the preseason polls in a vote by nine Big Sky Conference head coaches. Sacramento State, which swept the indoor competition, is the favorite for both the men and women. A year ago, Eastern’s men and women both placed fourth, giving the women a best-ever finish at the championships.  

The 2011 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held May 11-14 at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif.

Upcoming Meet Schedule
March 19 - at Dusty Lane Open – Spokane, Wash.
Meet Information - http://athletics.spokane.edu/TRACK___FIELD/Meet-Info.aspx

Previous Meet
Feb. 26-26 – 2011 Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships – Pocatello, Idaho
Results - http://www.isubengals.com/custompages/Track%20and%20Field/022511/OVERALL%20COMPLETE%20RESULTS.htm

Season Notes

More on the poll

Voting is calculated by each team receiving nine points for a first place vote, eight points for a second place vote, etc. Coaches are allowed to vote for their respective teams. Below are the final results with the number of first place votes in parenthesis.    

Men’s Poll 

Team, Points
Sacramento State (4);75
Northern Arizona (3);73
Weber State (2);62
Montana State;55
Eastern Washington;43
Idaho State;36
Northern Colorado;16
Portland State;12

Women’s Poll

Team, Points
Sacramento State (8);80
Idaho State (1);66
Weber State;52
Northern Arizona;46
Montana State;35
Portland State;27
Eastern Washington;24
Northern Colorado;9

Returning All-Big Sky Athletes
The following Eagle athletes have earned All-Big Sky Conference honors (top three finish) in previous Big Sky Conference track and field championships (indoors and outdoors):

Aaron Mettler - (2009 and 2008 Outdoor: Champion in javelin; 2010 Outdoor: 2nd in javelin)
Adam Stewart - (2010 Indoors: 2nd in high jump; 2009 Indoors: Champion in high jump; 2008 Outdoors: 3rd in high jump; 2010 Outdoors: 3rd in high jump)
Stephen Praast - (2009 Outdoors: Champion in high jump; 2009 Indoors: 3rd in high jump)
Brad Wall – (2010 Outdoors: Champion in 400; 2011 Indoors: Champion in 400)
Andre Moore – (2011 Indoors: 3rd in triple jump)
Kyle King – (2011 Indoors: Champion in 5,000, 3rd in 3,000)
Jonathan Buchanan – (2011 Indoors: 3rd in shot put)
4x400 Relay (2010 Outdoors: 2nd)

Chelsi Friese - (2009 Indoors: 2nd in pole vault)
Krystal Deyo - (2009 Outdoors: 2nd in 100 meters; 2009 Indoors: 2nd in 60 meters; 2011 Indoors: 2nd in long jump)
Erica Chaney - (2010 Indoors: 2nd in shot put; 2008 Indoors: 2nd in shot put; 2010 Outdoors: 2nd in discus, 3rd in shot put; 2011 Indoors: Champion in weight throw, 2nd in shot put)
Brianna Okoro - (2010 Indoors: 3rd in 100, 3rd in long jump, Champion in 200)
4x100 Relay - (2009 Outdoor: Champion; 2010 Outdoors: Champion)

EWU Track and Field - http://goeags.com/sports/c-track/index
Big Sky Conference Men's Track and Field - http://www.bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?tab=outdoortrackandfield&path=motrack
Big Sky Conference Women's Track and Field - http://www.bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?tab=outdoortrackandfield2&path=wotrack
NCAA Track and Field - http://www.ncaa.com/sports/c-itrack/ncaa-c-itrack-body.html
Direct Athletics Performance List - http://www.directathletics.com/view_list.html
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