March 31, 2007
Five women on the Eastern Washington University track and field team qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championships and one qualifies for the NCAA West Regionals with their performances at the Al Manuel Invitational in Missoula, Mont., March 31.
The Eagles were led by senior Carolee Gutierrez (Newport, Wash.) who qualified for NCAA West Regional Championships (Eugene, Ore., May 25-26) in the javelin with a throw of 167-9, a new Big Sky Conference and school record. The throw broke her previous personal best of 156-6 she set in 2005, and the old BSC and school record of 165-8 set by Stephanie Ulmer last season. The NCAA qualifying mark is 142-6 1/2.
Gutierrez also qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships (Pocatello, Idaho, May 10-12) in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. She won the discus with a throw of 142-9, was third in the shot put at 42-5 1/2 and placed fourth in the hammer at 170-4, just one foot shy of her personal best of 171.
Joining Gutierrez in qualifying for the Big Sky Championships in the throwing events was senior Amanda Faire (Ellensburg, Wash.) and sophomore Bonnie Millard (Priest River, Idaho). Faire placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 42-0 and Millard was third in the discus at 40-8.
Senior Candice Nell (East Wenatchee, Wash.) equaled her best in the triple jump of 37-3 1/2, which is seventh all-time at Eastern and qualified her for the BSC Championships.
The lone distance runner to qualify was junior Mattie Bridgmon (Laramie, Wyo.) in the 5000 with a time of 17:59.0, fifth all-time in school history.
In team scoring, the women fell to Big Sky opponents Montana State by just one point, 89-88 and to the host Montana Grizzlies 105-86.
The Eagles return home next weekend to host the 36th Annual Pelluer Invitational April 6, at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash.