Eastern just two meets away from the Big Sky Conference Championships
The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s track and field team saw a lot of improvement on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 3-4), as they traveled to Moscow, Idaho for the Runner Soul Open and Vandal Indoor.
The star of the weekend was Whitney Leavitt, who double qualified. Leavitt qualified for both the 60- and 200-meter dash with times of 7.73 and 24.82, respectively.
“Whitney is terrific,” said mean’s head coach Stan Kerr. “She is very composed, humble individual and a wonderful team captain for the women. Her work ethic is nearly unmatchable. Academically she is as strong as you would want an individual to be. Can’t say enough about her.”
Brad Michael also improved on his personal record in the 400, with a time of 48.87. The time puts Michael at No. 5 in the Big Sky Conference. Brad Wall and Michael Okoro are No. 2 and No. 4, respectively.
“Sitting and 2-4-5 in conference makes us confident in the men’s relay,” said Kerr. “Northern Arizona is just as confident as us, and have incentive to beat us at the championships since it’s at their place. They’re poised to beat us, but we’re poised to not let them do that.”
Keisa Monterola, who broke the Big Sky record in the women’s pole vault last weekend, tried another event for the first time this season. Monterola finished third in the long jump with a distance of 18-1 3/4. The conference standard is 18-2. She also topped all women in the pole vault with a height of 13-5 1/4.
Robin Taylor hit a height of 12-5 1/2 in the pole vault. She currently sits at No. 2 in the Big Sky behind Monterola.
“Keisa continues to be a solid competitor week in and week out,” said Kerr. “But Robin Taylor is the most overshadowed person in the program; make no mistake, she’s very good. When you can take a one-two sweep at conference in any event, it’s a good feeling.”
The Eagles now have just two meets left until the end of the season, which means time is running out to qualify for the championships.
The Big Sky Conference Championships will be Feb. 24-25 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
“We’re looking forward to really buckling down over the next few weeks as we inch closer to conference,” said Kerr. “We’re ready to meet all of our goals.”