Eastern hosts dual meet against Montana Saturday at the EWU Fieldhouse, with multi-event competition starting Friday
The Eastern Washington University track and field teams will go head-to-head with the University of Montana this Friday and Saturday (Dec. 3-4), as they host the Candy Cane III in the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.
The meet will feature the men’s heptathlon and women’s pentathlon on Friday, starting at 9:00 a.m., Saturday will highlight the final three events of the men’s heptathlon, field events and the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles. Field events will begin at 11 a.m., and running events will start at 1 p.m., Saturday.
“This meet really features the straight-away event athletes,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr. “It will be fun to see the reaction of our new sprinters. This will be there baptism into the collegiate world of track and field and a nice introduction to the level of track that they have never experienced.”
Last season, the EWU men defeated Montana 64-30 and the Eastern women lost to the Grizzlies 50.5-46.5 in dual-meet scoring.
“We always like to compete … we like to win,” said Kerr. “But it’s the point in the season where we want to get through the meet healthy. This meet will be a good assessment of where fall training has delivered our athletes.”
The Candy Cane provides an ideal chance to qualify for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships before athletes head home for winter break. Last season, 19 BSC qualifying marks were met at the home meet.
“I’m anticipating quite a few people to hit qualifying marks to wrap up their general conditioning for the fall,” said Kerr.
“I’m excited for thrower Jonathan Buchanan. He was one of the state’s top shot putters. This will be his first collegiate competition after sitting out all of last year,” said Kerr.
“Sophomore Zach Robinson has had a great fall. His hamstring seems to be healthy. I’m looking for Zach to be the winner of the 55 dash. We have a lot of freshman who will be running, but Zach should be able to take that race.
“Hurdler Steven Warner has had a very good offseason and I’m looking for him to do some great things.”
“I’m especially excited about what our sprinters will do,” said women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “We have a really great group of women sprinters along with really good long jumpers. They were our strength last year, so it will be fun to see how they compete at this meet. Krystal Deyo, Brianna Okoro and Whitney Leavitt will be our top three sprinters this season.”
“I’m also looking forward to seeing how some of our senior throwers will compete, including Erica Chaney and Mari Bingham,” said Mecklenburg.