January 26, 2008

Three Eagles Meet Qualifying Standards

Jan. 26, 2008

The Eastern Washington University track and field teams competed in its first indoor meet of the season in Pullman, Wash., at the Cougar Invitational where three athletes met automatic qualifying berths to the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships.

On the women's side, sophomore Erica Chaney qualified in the shot put with a fourth-place finish and a throw of 43-9, nine inches above the qualifying mark of 43-0. Her teammate Bonnie Millard finished right behind her with a throw of 39-11 1/2.

Freshman Chelsi Friese finished seventh in the pole vault with a mark of 10-0 which ranks ninth on Eastern's all-time best list. She finished 13th in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.44 to rank her sixth overall.

Freshman Shene Davis finished 13th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.14. Davis finished third in the triple jump of 36-11, which ranks her seventh on Eastern's all-time best list.

On Friday night in the weight throw, sophomore Nicole Luckenbach had a throw of 50-9 1/2 to rank her eighth on the Eagles all-time best list.

On the men's side, senior Curtis Suver and junior Kyle Ulrey qualified for the BSC Indoor Championships in their respective events. Suver won the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:24.26, bettering the qualifying time of 8:30.0. Urley had a 400-meter time of 49.64 to finish second overall.

Freshman Kersee Lind was just 30 points shy of qualifying for the BSC Indoor Championships in the heptathlon with a point total of 4,470 to rank him third on Eastern's all-time best list. Teammate Brandon Lattin has a point total of 3,853 to rank sixth.

Senior Steve Keith and junior Joshua Jones finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 meters. Keith finished with a time of 23.08 and Jones had a time of 23.09.

In team scoring, Eastern was 0-3 in dual meets for the men and 0-4 for the women. The men lost to WSU (87-29), Idaho (69-45) and Utah State (79-34). The women lost to WSU (109-13), USC (63-49), Idaho (50.5-47.5) and Utah State (48.5-28.5).

The Eagles will travel next weekend to the University of Washington Invitational in Seattle, Wash.

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