Monterola Headlines Trio of Qualifying Pole Vaulters at 41st Annual Pelluer Invitational
Shene Davis moves into third all-time in EWU history in the long jump; Phillip Puccino double qualifies
Keisa Monterola made the most of her outdoor debut.
The Venezuelan pole vaulter broke EWU's school record, the Roos Field record and the Pelluer Invitational record with a jump of 14-0 at the 41st Annual Pelluer Invitational in Cheney, Wash. The jump qualifies her for the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships and the NCAA West Regionals.
"It's nice to see Keisa out here competing," said vault coach Eric Allison. "It was a good way to start her season with a conference and regional qualifying mark.
Emily Roberts hit the previous EWU record of 13-1 1/2 in 2003. Montana State's Elouise Rudy owned the previous Pelluer and Roos Field records with marks of 12-9 1/2 and 13-1 1/2, respectively.
The conference championships will be in Bozeman, Mont., May 11-12. The NCAA West Regionals will be May 24-26 in Austin, Texas.
Monterola has taken Eastern by storm this season, as she broke the school and Big Sky Conference record indoors with a personal-best height of 14-4. She earned First-Team All-American honors after finishing fifth at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Indoor Championships on March 10.
However, Monterola wasn't the only women's pole vaulter to see success at the Pelluer Invitational. Robin Taylor hit a personal record with a jump of 13-0 1/4., which also qualified her for the regional meet. Amber Troyer qualified for the Big Sky Championships with a mark of 11-6 1/2.
"The success has been on its way (for the vaulters)," said Allison. "It's just fun to see it finally happen and it to all come together."
Shene Davis continued her late-season surge, as she hit a new personal best in the triple jump for the second straight week with a mark of 39-0 1/4. The jump moves her up to third all-time in Eastern history.
Phillip Puccino qualified for the conference championships in the long jump and triple jump. In the long jump, he had a season-best mark of 22-10 1/2. He hit 46-7 1/4 in the triple.
Marlyn Anderson, who has already qualified in the shot put, met the conference standard in the discus throw with a toss of 153-3.
Former Eastern Eagle Erica Chaney shattered the Pelluer Invitational record with her performance in the discus throw. Her mark of 178-1 just missed the US Olympic Team Trials provisional standard of 183-8. The old Pelluer record was set by Julie Hanson in 1981 with a mark of 165-5.
"The Pelluer is always a special meet for us," said head women's coach Marcia Mecklenburg. "It's one of the longest running meets in the northwest, and we got some meet records today. It's fun to be a part of."
The Eagles will return to action after one night's sleep, as they head to the Community Colleges of Spokane for the Duane Hartman Invitational. Events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
"I couldn't be more thrilled with the outstanding performances this late in the season by the team," said men's head coach Stan Kerr. "We're hoping for the success to carry over for us tomorrow."