March 31, 2012

Women Sprinters Shine as Eagles Earn More Qualifying Marks in Montana

Distance runner Tim Pettit earns spot in conference championships with his personal best time in the 800

The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s track and field team saw four more Big Sky conference qualifiers Saturday (March 31) at the Al Manuel Invite in Missoula, Mont.

The Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships are May 11-12 in Bozeman, Mont.

Sprinters Angelica Rodriguez and Nicole Nida both qualified in the 400 with times of 57.14 and 57.38, respectively. Also, Whitney Leavitt and Shene Davis performed well in their sprint events. The four women also combined their efforts in the women’s 4x100 relay, in which they placed first with a time of 47.83.

Davis also placed first in the long jump with a jump of 17-10 3/4.

“I was really pleased by how our sprinters competed,” said women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “Whitney had a great day in the 200, and Angelica and Nicole both ran well. Shene won the long jump for us, and then ran solid times in the 100 and 200.”

Mari Bingham was consistent with her throws in the shot put (44-8 3/4) and discus (142-5), which earned her second place in both events. Pole vaulter Robin Taylor placed second with a jump of 12-1 1/2. Taylor qualified for the conference championships.

On the men’s side, Tim Pettit ran a career-best 1:52.38 in the 800, good for second place and a spot in the conference championships.

Last year’s Big Sky outdoor champion in the 200, Michael Okoro, picked up where he left off with a winning time of 21.63. Hurdler Steven Warner also improved on his season-best time in the 110 hurdles with a mark of 14.60, which put him in first place.

Also, the men’s 4x400 team of Collin Green, Kramer Green, Nick Olsson and Okoro placed first with a time of 3:18.30.

In the throwing events, Jon Buchanan and Zach Nielsen each had solid performances. Buchanan placed third in the shot put with a throw of 51-5. Nielsen placed second in the discus, with a throw of 151-8.

“Across the board the men’s team is performing well,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr. “We continue to look forward to competing in nice weather like we did today.”

EWU’s next track meet will be next Saturday (April 6) at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.

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