Chaney Breaks School Record With Winning Shot Put Effort
Brianna Okoro and Kurt Williams also earn All-Big Sky honors by finishing third in the long jump
Spokane, Wash., native Erica Chaney broke the school record in the shot put en route to winning the event Friday (May 13) at the 2011 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Junior Brianna Okoro and senior Kurt Williams also earned All-Big Sky Conference honors (top-three finish) by placing third in the long jump competitions. The meet concludes Saturday, with 10 Eastern performances in Friday’s preliminary rounds advancing to Saturday’s finals.
Eastern’s women currently sitting in third place with 38 points after eight events. Eastern’s men are sixth with 20 points through six events. The men’s leader is Northern Arizona with 66 points and the top team for the women is host Sacramento State with 90.
Chaney, a senior who graduated from Gonzaga Prep in Spokane in 2006, had a toss of 51-3 to break the previous school record of 50-11 set in 1991 by Nancy Kuiper. Chaney won the event by more than two feet over Sacramento State’s Andrea Behring (48-11), who led until Chaney’s final throw of the competition.
Okoro, who is from Lakewood, Wash., and graduated in 2008 from Bellarmine Prep, had a personal-best jump of 19-7 1/2 on her first attempt. Five competitors jumped between 19-3 1/2 and 19-9 3/4 in the competition, including Eastern senior Krystal Deyo, who placed fourth with a mark of 19-4. Okoro’s performance was a nine-inch improvement on her previous best, as she moved into second in school history behind Deyo’s school-record mark of 19-8 1/4 set in 2009.
Okoro was also third in the long jump at last year’s outdoor championship, while Deyo was the runner-up at the indoor championships this past winter.
Williams had a leap of 24-0 1/4 to place third in the men’s long jump to trail runner-up Emilio Hernandez (24-2 1/2) and Ronald Brookins (25-0), both from Sacramento State. Williams is 2006 graduate of Snohomish (Wash.) High School.
Other scorers for the women included javelin throwers Haley Tank (fifth, 135-4) and Taylor Walker (sixth, 133-11). Robin Taylor finished sixth in the pole vault after equaling her personal record with an effort of 11-10 3/4, which ranks fourth in school history. Elise Jepsen was fifth in the high jump (5-5), as she equaled the ninth-best jump in school history and matched her own personal record.
Senior Amy Kolin recorded the school’s fourth-fastest 10,000 meters ever (36:18.12) en route to placing sixth, while senior Danielle Slaughter had the eighth-fastest time (38:54.56) with a 12th-place finish.
Slaughter also scored a point in the 3,000 steeplechase with an eighth-place finish, recording the fourth-fastest time in school history of 11:25.52. Teammate Stephanie Dye had the sixth-fastest time all-time, finishing 11th with a time of 11:34.74.
For the men, freshman Jordan Arakawa scored five team points by placing fourth in the men’s hammer throw with an effort of 191-4. He also scored two points by placing seventh in the discus (152-11). Bowe Ebding capped the night with the 11th-fastest 10,000 time in school history (30:56.84) to finish fifth.
Advancers for the Eagles included a trio of competitors in the women’s 100. Deyo advanced with a personal record of 11.72, which ranks third in school history. Also advancing in the 100 was Okoro (10.80) and Whitney Leavitt (12.14).
Okoro also advanced in the 200 (24.58), but Leavitt was one position and four one-hundreths of a second shy from qualifying. However, her personal record (24.66) ranks seventh in school history.
For the men, Michael Okoro qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 200 (21.21), recording the fifth-fastest time in school history. Alex Flores also advanced with a personal record in the 200 (21.61) to now rank eighth all-time at Eastern.
Okoro also advanced in the 100 (10.80), and school record-holder Brad Wall had the second-fastest qualifying time of the day in the 400 (47.77). Kramer Green advanced in the 400 hurdles (54.25).
Eastern nearly had another advancer Friday, but Ashley Stabl was edged out for the eighth and final qualifying spot in the 400 hurdles by just three one-thousandths of a second (.003). In the 400, Nicole Nida had a time of 56.71 to rank fourth-fastest in school history, but she failed to advance to Saturday’s finals. Angelica Rodriguez (57.58) and Chelsea Lawhead also did not advance, but recorded the ninth- and 10th-fastest times, respectively, all-time at Eastern.
Eastern Women’s Results:
3,000 Steeplechase: 8. Danielle Slaughter, 11:25.52; 12. Stephanie Dye, 11:34.74.
Long Jump: 3. Brianna Okoro, 19-7 1/2; 4. Krystal Deyo, 19-4; 12. Taymussa Miller, 16-11 1/2.
Shot Put: 1. Erica Chaney, 51-0 3/4.
Javelin: 5. Haley Tank, 135-4; 6. Taylor Walker, 133-11; 9. Emilee Deishl, 128-2; 10. Emma Murillo, 126-6.
Pole Vault: 6. Robin Taylor, 11-10 3/4; 12. Rachel Jordan, 10-5 1/4; 12. Chloe Hall, 10-5 1/4.
High Jump: 5. Elise Jepsen, 5-5; 14. Taymussa Miller, 4-11.
10,000: 6. Amy Kolin, 36:18.12; 12. Danielle Slaughter, 38:54.56.
400 (prelims): 10. Nicole Nida, 56.71; 13. Angelica Rodriguez, 57.58; 14. Chelsea Lawhead, 57.59.
100 (prelims): 3. ***Krystal Deyo, 11.72; 6. ***Brianna Okoro, 12.02; 7. ***Whitney Leavitt, 12.14.
400 Hurdles (prelims): 9. Ashley Stabl, 1:03.84; 12. Martha Sanford, 1:05.54.
200 (prelims) 6. ***Brianna Okoro, 24.58; 9. Whitney Leavitt, 24.66.
***Advanced to Saturday’s Finals.
Eastern Men’s Results:
Decathlon (Thursday): 6. Kersee Lind, 6,630; 12. Warren Miller, 5,895.
3,000 Steeplechase: 11. Simon Sorenson, 9:21.14.
Hammer: 4. Jordan Arakawa, 191-4; Jon Buchanan, foul.
Long Jump: 3. Kurt Williams, 24-0 1/4.
Discus: 7. Jordan Arakawa, 152-11; 13. Cody Humphrey, 144-10.
10,000: 5. Bowe Ebding, 30:56.84.
110 Hurdles (prelims): 9. Austin Victor, Austin, 15.05; 14. Kersee Lind, 15.82.
400 (prelims): 4. ***Brad Wall, 47.77; 9. Colin Green, 48.92.
100 (prelims): 4. ***Michael Okoro, 10.80; 6. ***Alex Flores, 10.81; 10. Kurt Williams, 11.06.
800 (prelims): 12. Tim Pettit, 1:52.86.
400 Hurdles (prelims): 6. ***Kramer Green, 54.25.
200 (prelims): 2. ***Michael Okoro, 21.29; 6. ***Alex Flores, 21.61; 9. Brad Wall, 21.87.
**Advanced to Saturday’s Finals.