Eastern will get first look at Montana, Idaho and WSU
The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s track and field teams will head to Moscow, Idaho this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 3-4) for the 36th annual Idaho Runner’s Soul Open and Vandal Indoor.
The annual trip to Moscow was put on hold last year, as Idaho’s complex, the Kibbie Dome, was getting a facelift for the university’s football team.
“It’s been a sabbatical for year, but no real improvements were made to the track,’ men’s head coach Stan Kerr said of the Kibbie Dome. “But it is still a good, quality venue. Hopefully we will come out with additional conference qualifiers and Big Sky records.”
The Eagles will get their first look at a full-strength University of Montana team. When EWU first met the Grizzlies on the track, it was at the fourth annual Candy Cane Invitational, where Montana only brought a small portion of their team to compete. It will also be the first time the Eagles see Idaho’s and Washington State’s track and field teams.
“It’ll be very good to see some in-conference athletes,” said Kerr. “Montana has some outstanding marks in their events, so it will be nice to see how we stack up. And I’m sure Idaho will want to give their home crowd a good show. Plus WSU is only 8 minutes away, so they’ll bring some tough competition.”
Among the athletes who are on the brink of qualifying for the Big Sky Conference Championships Feb. 24-25 in Flagstaff, Ariz., are the women’s 4x400-meter relay team, which consists of Chelsea Lawhead, Angelica Rodriguez, Martha Sanford and Nicole Nida.
Freshman Nick Stearns, a native of Pahrump, Nev., is also on the brink of qualifying in both the 60-meter hurdles and pole vault.
“The women’s 400 team has been doing great and they’re so close,” said Kerr. “I’d like to see Nick automatically qualify as well. We’re only three competitions from conference, and the freshman, like Nick, are starting to see just how tough the Big Sky can be.”
Ultimately, Kerr wants to see an all-around good performance form the entire team.
“The coaches have tried to establish a culture of a team: to see strong marks from the entire team and across all events,” he said” We’ve done a pretty good job of that.”
Men’s Big Sky Conference Championship Qualifiers
Michael Okoro – 55-meter dash – 6.48
Steven Warner – 55-meter hurdles – 7.72
Steven Warner – 60-meter hurdles – 8.28
Michael Okoro – 200-meter run – 21.90
Michael Okoro – 400-meter run – 48.52
Brad Wall – 400-meter run – 47.72
Brad Michael – 400-meter run – 49.03
Tim Pettit – 800-meter run – 1:52.93
Jordan Curnutt – 800-meter run – 1:53.13
Bowe Ebding – 3,000-meter run – 8:31.06
Graham Vaux – 3,000-meter run – 8:26.33
Kyle King – 1-mile – 4:12.2
Cody Fishel – high jump – 6-08
C.J. Wright – high jump – 6-06 3/4
Zach Nielsen – weight throw – 56-10 3/4
Jordan Arakawa – weight throw – 58-3 1/4
Marlyn Anderson – shot put – 51-9
Marlyn Anderson – weight throw – 52-4 1/2
Jon Buchanan – shot put – 52-2 1/2
Women’s Big Sky Conference Championship Qualifiers
Michelle Coombs – 55-meter hurdles – 8.70
Shene Davis – triple jump – 37-09 1/2
Shene Davis – long jump – 18-6
Morena Mannucci – triple jump – 38-0
Keisa Monterola – pole vault – 14-4 1/4
Robin Taylor – pole vault – 12-06 1/4