Ebding is Eastern’s lone double qualifier
The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s track teams saw seven more athletes hit conference qualifying marks at the UW Indoor Preview on Saturday (Jan. 14) in Seattle, Wash.
The Big Sky Indoor Conference Championships are Feb. 24-25 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
“I felt like we were off to a very solid start individually and as a team coming off a five-week Christmas break,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr. “I thought our crew performed very well.”
Among the men’s qualifiers were reigning conference champions senior Brad Wall and sophomore Michael Okoro. Wall ran a time of 48.60 in the 400-meter run and Okoro hit 21.90 in the 200-meter.
Senior Steven Warner qualified in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.28. In the weight throw, Zach Nielsen hit a mark of 18.05, qualifying him for conference. Marlyn Anderson also reached his mark, with a personal record throw in the shot put of 15.96.
Two distance runners also reached a qualifying mark. Senior Kyle King ran a 4:12.12 mile, qualifying him in the event. Senior Bowe Ebding was Eastern’s lone double qualifier, qualifying for both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter run.
On the women’s side, no athletes qualified, but head coach Marcia Mecklenburg saw a lot of growth from the team.
“It was an opportunity to see where everyone is at this point in the year,” she said. “Hopefully we can follow through and make adjustments and have athletes see where they need to be.”
Junior Keisa Monterola and senior Whitney Leavitt both did well in their respective events. Monterola won the pole vault with a height of 4.16 and Leavitt won the 200-meter in a time of 25.55. Monterola has already qualified for the conference championships.
The Eagles will return to action at their next meet, the UW Team Invitational, on Jan. 27-28 in Seattle, Wash.
“I feel like this meet gave us something really positive to build on,” said Kerr. “We’ve got a lot of things in place we’ve been grooming the past few years, and it’s finally starting to pay off.”