Stewart, Praast, Smyth and Lind Qualify for BSC Championships

April 18, 2009

Amanda Peterson and Michelle Coombs had personal-best throws in the javelin as the Eastern Washington University track and field teams competed in California at the 51st Annual Mt. Sac Relays/Combined Events on April 16-18 in Walnut, Calif., and at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., on April 18.

At the Beach Invitational, Peterson and Coombs had personal-best throws in the javelin. Peterson had a throw of 150-10 to finish second out of 33 athletes. Coombs had a throw of 146-9 to finish fourth. Earlier this season, both had already qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and the Big Sky Conference Championships.

Amber Nickelson had a personal-best time of 11:03.01 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to rank second in school history behind the time of 11:02.29 of Holly Evans set in 2005.

Krystal Deyo had a personal best 100 meters with a time of 11.90 to finish seventh out of 67 athletes. That time ranks her fourth in school history. Teammate Shene Davis finished 16th with a time of 12.18.

Chelsi Friese had a mark of 12-1 1/2 in the pole vault to rank her third in school history. Ashley Stabl had a personal-best time of 1:02.50 in the 400-meter hurdles to rank eighth all-time at EWU.

Nicole Luckenbach won the hammer throw in a field of 64 athletes with a mark of 177-3. Her performance was seven feet less than her own school record of 184-1 set last week in Spokane.

Nickelson, Deyo, Luckenbach and Friese had also already qualified for the BSC Championships.

Men’s competitors Adam Stewart and Stephen Praast qualified for the conference championships in the high jump at Long Beach. Stewart had a mark of 6-8 3/4 and Praast had a jump of 6-6 3/4.

At the Mt. Sac Relays/Combined Events, Alex Smyth qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:53.13. He finished 30th out of 62 runners.

Having already qualified for the conference championship, Kyle King had a personal best in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:52.74. Teammate Paul Limpf had a time of 29:56.66 in the 10,000 meters.

In the decathlon, Kersee Lind qualified for the BSC Championships. He finished 10th out of 29 athletes with 6,223 points to rank sixth in school history.

In the heptathlon, Michelle Coombs finished 13th out of 36 athletes with 4,438 points to rank fourth in school history. Teammate Brianna Okoro finished 24th with 3,952 points to rank 10th in EWU history.

The Eagles will split their squads next weekend to compete at the Oregon Relays on April 24-25 in Eugene, Ore., and at the Duane Hartman Invitational in Spokane, Wash., on April 25.

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