May 10, 2008
John Clevenger and Armon Blackwell qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships as the Eastern Washington University track and field teams had their last chance to qualify for the championships at the Vandal Jamboree in Moscow, Idaho, May 10.
Clevenger had a winning javelin throw of 207-8 to qualify him for the BSC Championships. His throw ranks him 12th in school history. Teammate Cody Irby had a throw of 201-11 to finish second in the meet and ranks 14th in school history.
Blackwell qualified for the BSC Championships in the 400-meter hurdles with a winning time of 55.19.
Defending BSC Championship Chad Butorac had a winning 400-meter time of 48.08 -- his best of the season.
On the women's side, Erika Kirley-Price had a second-place hammer throw of 173-4 to rank fourth in school history.
Amber Nickelson had a winning time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase of 11:46.14 to rank her fourth in school history.
Erika Stratton had a personal best in the pole vault with a mark of 11-7 3/4. She finished fourth in the meet and ranks fifth in school history.
Other women who finished in the top two for the Eagles were: Krystal Deyo (12.60/100m/1st), Shannon Long (12.61/100m/2nd), Lauren Matthews (2:19.98/800m/1st), Amanda Weaver (21:17.09/5,000m/1st), Whitney Johnson (21:52.38/5,000m/2nd), Irene Lowe (5-1/high jump/2nd), Allysen Halsen (34-3 1/2/triple jump/2nd) and Mari Bingham (38-7 3/4/shot put/2nd).
Eastern track and field teams will travel to Sacramento, Calif., May 14-17, for the Big Sky Conference Championships. More than 30 athletes will compete for the Eagles at the championships after having met qualifying standards 41 times.