Three More Eagles Qualify as Road to Conference Draws Closer

Athletes left with one more chance to qualify before Big Sky Championships

The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s track and field teams came home  Saturday (Feb. 11) from the UW Invite in Seattle Wash., with three more Big Sky Conference qualifiers.

The Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships will be held in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Feb. 24-25.

Olivia Midles and Emma Murillo both qualified in the weight throw, as they hit a distance of 52-07 1/2 and 52-07 1/4, respectively. Berenice Penaloza qualified in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:08.99.

Big Sky Conference pole vault record holder Keisa Monterola hit a mark of 14-2 and had three very close attempts at the Olympic B standard (14-5 1/4).

“I’m pleased were adding qualifiers and other athletes are improving on marks,” said women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenberg.  “Plus, Keisa won the pole vault against three very good competitors, including Stanford’s Katerina Stefanidi.”

On the men’s side, Kyle King, Bowe Ebding and Graham Vaux all hit personal bests in the 5,000. Jordan Curnutt also improved his season-best time in the 800, with a time of 1:52.69.

Brad Michael improved his personal best in the 400 for the second week in a row, with a time of 48.29. Michael Okoro and Brad Wall each improved on their season-best times as well in the 400. They hit a time of 48.45 and 47.61, respectively.

“I really enjoyed today’s team effort,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr. “The athletes know how close they are to the conference champions, so they know how hard they need to push to qualify. They know how hard they need to work, and those who have qualified are working to improve.”

The Eagles will head to Moscow, Idaho, next weekend for the Vandal Collegiate on Saturday (Feb. 18). It will be the last chance for athletes to qualify for the conference championships.

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