April 5, 2008

Three Eagles Qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championships

April 5, 2008

Amanda Peterson improved her NCAA West Regional qualifying mark in the javelin as the Eastern Washington University track and field teams competed at the Al Manuel Invitational on April 5 in Missoula, Mont. In addition, Chelsi Friese, Armand Hopkins and Aaron Mettler qualified for the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships (May 14-17).

In men's team scoring, Eastern beat Montana State 77-75 and Gonzaga 77-7 and lost to Montana 124-77. The Eagle women beat Gonzaga 81-9 and lost to Montana 81-115 and Montana State 81-96.5.

Peterson, a freshman from Gig Harbor, Wash., finished first in the javelin with a personal best throw of 154-6. That throw ranks her sixth in school history. Peterson had a throw of 152-6 which already qualified her for the NCAA West Regionals (May 30-31) at the Dusty Lane Invitational (March 15).

Friese, a freshman from Lebam, Wash., qualified for the BSC Championships in the pole vault with a height of 11-6 1/4 to finish third in the meet. She ranks fourth in school history with that vault. She also competed in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.99 to finish fourth.

Bonnie Millard improved her discus throw with a toss of 140-2 to finish second in the meet. She currently ranks fourth in school history with a throw of 155-0 last year at the BSC Championships to win that event.

Nicole Luckenbach had a personal best in the hammer throw with a toss of 175-5 to win that event.

Other top two performances for the women included Krystal Deyo (100m/12.55), Shannon Long (200m/25.70), Camille Moseley (800m/2:19.41), Mattie Bridgmon (1,500m/4:43.40) and Amber Nickelson (5,000m/18:52.80).

Eastern's 4x100-meter relay team finished first with a time of 48.77.

On the men's side, Hopkins qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships in the triple jump with a distance of 45-8 to finish second in the meet. He finished third in the long jump with a mark of 21-10 1/4.

Mettler, a freshman from Walla Walla, Wash., qualified for the BSC Championships in the javelin with a throw of 203-11 to rank him 11th in school history. He finished third in the meet.

Cameron Moore improved his triple jump with a distance of 46-5 1/2 to finish first in the meet.

Other top two performances for the men included Steve Keith (100m/11.26), Chad Butorac (200m/22.17 & 400m/49.10), Joshua Jones (400m/49.97), Paul Limpf (1,500m/4:01.30), Adam Stewart (high jump/6-3 1/4), Gabe Chavez (pole vault/15-1), Geoff Penrod (long jump/22-3),

Eastern's 4x400-meter relay team finished first with a time of 3:20.74 and the 4x100 relay team finished second with a time of 43.09.

EWU returns home for the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational (April 10-11).

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