April 11, 2009
Michelle Coombs qualified for the NCAA West Regional Championships as the Eastern Washington University track and field teams competed Saturday (April 11) in Spokane, Wash., at the Oregon-Washington Scoring Clash. In addition, five other Eagles qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships.
In Washington versus Oregon dual meet scoring, Washington swept in both the men’s (360-343) and women’s (374.5-302.5) competitions. Other Washington schools taking part were Community Colleges of Spokane, Whitworth and Central Washington. The Oregon schools competing were Portland State, Lane, Linfield and Eastern Oregon.
Coombs qualified for regionals in the javelin with a throw of 144-6 to rank ninth in school history. Her previous best of 141-6 qualified her for the Big Sky Conference Championships.
Nicole Luckenbach, who already qualified for the regional and conference championships, broke her own school record in the hammer with a throw of 184-1 to win that event. Her previous best of 182-10 was set at the Stanford Invitational when she originally broke Julie Nielson’s record of 182-8 set in 2001.
Shene Davis qualified for the BSC Championships in both the 200 meters and the triple jump. She had a time of 25.19 and a jump of 38-2 1/4 to win both events.
Amber Nickelson qualified for the conference championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:26.30 to finish second. Ashley Stabl who qualified for the conference championships earlier this season had a personal-best in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.72.
On the men’s side, Armon Blackwell had a personal-best time of 55.11 in the 400-meter hurdles to win that event. He already qualified for the conference championships earlier this season with a time of 55.45.
Kurt Williams qualified for the BSC Championships in the long jump with a mark of 23-1 3/4 to win that event.
David Howard qualified for the conference championships in the discus with a throw of 160-5 to win that event. He also finished second in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 52-10. Howard already qualified for the conference championships earlier this season with a throw of 51-8 1/4.
Levi Knudson qualified for the conference championships in the triple jump with a mark of 45-2 1/2 to finish second. Teammate Cameron Moore won the event with a jump of 46-10 3/4. He already qualified for the conference championships earlier this season with a mark of 47-0 3/4.
The Eagles will split next week to compete at the Mt. Sac Relays/Combined Events on April 16-18 in Walnut, Calif., and at the Long Beach Invitational on April 18 in Long Beach, Calif.