Eagles Head to UW for the Husky Classic

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIV. TRACK & FIELD

February 12, 2008

The Eastern Washington University track and field teams compete this weekend at the Husky Classic (Feb. 16) in Seattle, Wash. Seven athletes have qualified for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships (Feb 29- March 1) with only two more meets left.

The Eagles competed last Saturday (Feb. 9) at the McDonald's Open in Moscow, Idaho, where Nicole Luckenbach met automatic qualifying standards for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships. In addition, three Eagles jumped into Eastern's all-time best lists.

Closed roads prevented Eastern from competing at the last Friday's prestigious Vandal Indoor Invitational.

Upcoming Meet Schedule
February 16 - Husky Classic
Meet Information - http://gohuskies.cstv.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/120706aak.html

Last Week's Meet Schedule
February 9 - McDonald's Open
Results - http://www.govandals.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90758&SPID=10991&DB_OEM_ID=17100&ATCLID=1386144


Top performers
Nicole Luckenbach (So., Mill Creek, Wash. - Snohomish HS `05)
At the McDonald's Open, Luckenbach qualified for the BSC Indoor Championships in the weight throw with a toss of 54-0 1/2, more than three feet better than her previous career best of 50-9 1/2. She now ranks third on EWU's all-time best list.

Steve Keith (Sr., Vancouver, Wash. - Skyview HS `03)
Keith had a fifth-fastest time in the 60 meters with a time of 7.15 at the McDonalds Open. He and teammate Joshua Jones were fourth-fastest in the 200 meters with a time of 22.62.

Mattie Bridgmon (Jr., Laramie, Wyo. - Laramie HS `05)
Bridgmon won the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:14.86 at the McDonald's Open. That time ranks her fifth on EWU's all time best list.


Men's Qualifiers/Records
Big Sky Championships - Feb. 29-March 1, 2008 in Pocatello, Idaho
NCAA Championships - March 14-15, 2008 in Fayetteville, Ark.

NCAA Championships Automatic Qualifying Standard Met: None
NCAA Championships Provisional Qualifying Standard Met: None

School Records Broken: 1 (Curtis Suver/ 3,000 meters/8:07.39 - old record 8:08.06 by Suver in 2007)

Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: Three (New qualifier: None)
400 - 49.64 - Kyle Ulrey - Vancouver, Wash. (Longview HS '05 & Clark CC)
3,000 - 8:07.39 - Curtis Suver - Covington, Wash. (Tahoma HS '04 & Jamestown College N.D.)
Pole Vault - 15-7 - Mike Uhlenkott - Spokane, Wash. (North Central HS '04)


Women's Qualifiers/Records
Big Sky Championships - Feb. 29-March 1, 2008 in Pocatello, Idaho|
NCAA Championships - March 14-15, 2008 in Fayetteville, Ark.

NCAA Championships Automatic Qualifying Standard Met: 0
NCAA Championships Provisional Qualifying Standard Met: 0

School Records Broken: None

Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: Four (New qualifiers: Nicole Luckenbach/weight throw)
200 - 25.62 - Shannon Long - Richland, Wash. (Richland HS '04 & CC of Spokane)
Triple Jump - 37-3 1/4 - Shene Davis - Yakima, Wash. (Selah HS '07)
Shot Put - 43-9 - Erica Chaney - Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep HS '06)
Weight Throw - 54-0 1/2 - Nicole Luckenbach - Mill Creek, Wash. (Snohomish HS '05)

Other Season Highlights:
Erica Chaney (So., Spokane, Wash. - Gonzaga Prep HS '06)
At the 2008 Cougar Invitational on Jan. 26, Chaney qualified for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in the shot put with a throw of 43-9, nine inches above the qualifying mark of 43-0.

Kyle Ulrey (Jr., Vancouver, Wash. - Longview HS '05 & Clark CC)
At the McDonald's Collegiate, Ulrey had a time of 40.13 in the 400 meters. His time was 0.51 seconds better than his previous time of 49.64 at the Cougar Invitational that qualified him for the BSC Indoor Championships.

Curtis Suver (Sr., Maple Valley, Wash. - Tahoma HS '04 & Jamestown College N.D.)
Suver flew to Seattle, Wash., to compete in the 3,000 meters and broke his own school record with a time of 8:07.39 to finish 10th overall at the University of Washington Invitational (Feb. 2). His previous best was 8:08.06, which he set in 2007. Running the 3,000 meters at the 2008 Cougar Invitational on Jan. 26, Suver had a time of 8:24.26 to qualify for the BSC Indoor Championships.

Mike Uhlenkott (Jr., Spokane, Wash. - North Central HS '04)
Uhlenkott finished second at the McDonald's Collegiate and qualified for the BSC Championships with a vault of 15-7, just an inch over the qualifying mark of 15-6. His personal best was set in 2007 of 15-9.

Shene Davis (Fr., Yakima, Wash. - Selah HS '07)
Davis qualified for the BSC Championships in the triple jump, with a jump of 37-3 1/4 at the McDonald's Collegiate. She also competed in the 60 meters with a time of 7.95 to finish third overall and rank eighth on Eastern's all-time best list.

Shannon Long (Jr., Richland, Wash. - Richland HS '04 & CC of Spokane)
Long qualified for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships at the McDonald's Collegiate in the 200 meters with a first place finish and a time of 25.62. She is now ranked ninth on Eastern's all-time best list.


All-Conference Performers
The following Eagle athletes have earned All-Big Sky Conference honors (top three finish) in previous Big Sky Conference track and field championships (indoors and outdoors):

Men
Chad Butorac
- (2007 Outdoor: Champion in 400 meters; 2007 Indoor: 2nd in 400 meters; 2006 Outdoor: 3rd in 400 meters; 2006 Indoor: 3rd in 200 meters)
Curtis Suver - (2007 Indoor: 3rd in 5,000 meters)
4x400 Relay - (2007 Outdoor: 3rd)


Women
Jordan Baughan
- (2006 Outdoor: 3rd in javelin)
Bonnie Millard - (2007 Outdoor: Champion in discus)

Links:
EWU Women's Top Performances by Event - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/w-track/stats/2007-2008/08wtinbestevent.html

EWU Women's Results by Athlete - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/w-track/stats/2007-2008/08wtinbestath.html

EWU Men's Top Performances by Event - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/m-track/stats/2007-2008/08mtinbestevent.html

EWU Men's Results by Athlete - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/m-track/stats/2007-2008/08mtinbestath.html

 

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