Eastern wins 14 events, with Leavitt setting a Boppell Track record in the 200 and Davis qualifying for the Big Sky Championships in the triple jump
Sprinter Whitney Leavitt and jumper Shene Davis were double winners for the Eastern Washington University track team Thursday evening (April 12) at the inaugural Whitworth Twilight Track and Field Meet in Spokane, Wash.
Leavitt won the 100 and 200, and Davis was victorious in the long jump and triple jump. Eastern, which competes at the Spike Arlt Invitational in Ellensburg, Wash., on Saturday (April 14), won a total of 14 events at Whitworth.
Leavitt, a senior from Benton City, Wash. (Kiona-Benton HS ’09), had a season-best time of 24.79 to set the Boppell Track record in the 200. She was just .13 from her career best set last season of 24.66, which ranks seventh in school history. Leavitt also won the 100 at Whitworth with a time of 12.25.
Davis met the Big Sky qualifying standard in the triple jump with a winning leap of 37-3 1/4, and also won the long jump with a mark of 18-4 1/4, which missed the qualifying standard in that event by just a quarter-inch. Davis, a senior from Yakima, Wash. (Selah HS ’07), has career bests in those events of 38-6 3/4 (fourth all-time at EWU) and 19-2 3/4 (third all-time), respectively.
“The women’s team did just as I had hoped at Whitworth,” said women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “They had plenty of improved marks and saw one more qualifier. Whitney’s performance, though, was the best mark of the day.”
Other winners for the women at Whitworth included Kelly Downey in the 400 (1:01.06), Danielle Moon in the 10,000 (44:11.33), Martha Sanford in the 400 hurdles (1:07.63), Elise Jepsen in the high jump (5-4 1/4), Robin Taylor in the pole vault (12-1 1/2), Taylor Walker in the javelin (131-2) and Eastern’s 4x100 relay team consisting of Angelica Rodriguez, Nicole Nida, Davis and Leavitt (47.57).
Men’s winners at Whitworth included Quin Olivas in the 800 (1:59.20), Armon Blackwell in the 400 hurdles (55.39) and Eastern’s 4x400 relay team consisting of Blackwell, Collin Green, Kramer Green and Nick Olsson (3:27.33).
“We felt like it was a very good meet for us,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr. “We look forward to coming back to the Twilight next season.”
Eastern has now had met qualifying marks 31 times – 18 for the men and 13 for the women – for the Big Sky Conference Championships May 9-12 in Bozeman, Mont.