Eastern Kicks off Indoor Season at Home

Eagles host fifth-annual Candy Cane Invitational against rival Montana

The Eastern Washington University track and field teams will make their debut of the 2012-2013 indoor season Friday and Saturday (Dec. 7-8), as they host the fifth-annual Candy Cane Invite at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.

The competition will primarily be a dual-meet between the Eagles and the University of Montana Grizzlies.

“I’m really looking forward to the Candy Cane meet,” said women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “This is an opportunity for our athletes to perform after having trained all fall. It gives them a chance to see where they are at and the coaches get to see how they compete.”

The meet begins Friday with the men’s heptathlon and women’s pentathlon starting at 10:30 a.m. The men will conclude the heptathlon Saturday with the first of the final three events starting at 8:30 a.m.

The regular portion of the meet will take place Saturday with field events beginning at 11 a.m. The running events start at 1 p.m. The meet will feature all field events, but the only running events will be the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles. There is no admission charge.

“We don’t run 100 percent of the events, but the events we do run we always get a high number of qualifiers,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr. “It’s also a great introductory meet for our freshmen to the NCAA Division I level of competition.”

A total of 76 athletes are scheduled to compete, with marks counting towards the qualifying standards for the Big Sky Indoor Championships.

In last year’s Candy Cane Invite, 13 Eastern individuals qualified for the BSC Championships. Both the men’s and women’s team were victorious in dual-scoring against Montana, with the men outscoring the Grizzlies 53-36 and the Eagle women prevailing 54-39.

“Our main goal at this meet is to qualify as many as we can for the championships and wrap up a great fall season of conditioning,” said Kerr.

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