April 26, 2009
Nicole Luckenbach broke her own school record in the hammer as the Eastern Washington University track and field teams competed Friday and Saturday (April 24 & 25) at the Oregon Relays in Eugene, Ore., and in Spokane, Wash., at the Duane Hartman Invitational on Saturday (April 25).
In Oregon, Luckenbach broke her own school record in the hammer with a throw of 185-7 to finish fourth. It was her third throw this season of over 180 feet. Earlier this season she qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships with a throw of 182-10 that broke Julie Nielson’s record of 182-8 set in 2001.
Michelle Coombs had a personal-best javelin throw of 148-3 to finish fourth. That mark ranks her eighth in school history. Ashley Stabl had a personal-best 400-meter hurdle time of 1:02.34 to rank seventh in EWU history. New conference qualifier Mari Bingham had a throw of 41-10 1/2 to finish seventh in the shot put.
On the men’s side, Armand Hopkins finished eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 46-4 1/2 to qualify for the conference championships.
At the Duane Hartman Invitational, Bonnie Berscheid had a season-best throw of 156-2 in the discus to win that event. The two-time defending Big Sky discus champion had already qualified for the regional and conference championships earlier this season with a throw of 155-9. Her career-best throw of 157-11 came last year at the NCAA West Regionals when she finished ninth.
New conference qualifier Irene Lowe had a high jump mark of 5-3 3/4 to win that event.
The Eagles will compete at home at the 38th Annual Pelluer Invitational on May 1 in Cheney, Wash. Field events begin at noon with running starting at 4 p.m.