Mahoney Shatters School Record in California

Mahoney breaks 3,000-meter steeplechase school record by over 25 seconds; four more qualify marks earned by Eagles

The Eastern Washington University track and field team took on a very competitive field at the Mt. SAC Relays Thursday-Saturday (April 18-20) and the Beach Invitational Friday and Saturday, coming away with four more Big Sky Conference qualifying marks, but most importantly, a new school record.

Katie Mahoney
highlighted the weekend for Eastern as she cruised to a time of 10:36.16 to win her heat in the 3,000 steeplechase at Mt. SAC Thursday, crushing the previous school record of 11:02.29 set in 2005 by Holly Evans. The redshirt freshman wasn’t done there however, as she ran a Big Sky qualifying time of 4:33.04 in the 1,500 at the Beach Invitational Saturday, making her a double qualifier on the season. That time moved Mahoney up to sixth in school history.

Also hitting a qualifying mark was another redshirt freshman distance runner, Berenice Penaloza, who ran a time of 37:29.84 in the 10,000 meters to book her ticket to the BSC Championships. With that performance, Penaloza now ranks sixth all-time at Eastern.

Keisa Monterola
cleared a height of 12-1 1/2 at Mt. SAC to qualify for the conference meet in the pole vault. The Venezuela-native is the defending Big Sky Champion in the event.

Competing at the Whitworth Twilight Meet Thursday in Spokane, Wash., freshman Jake Clizbe hit the conference standard in the long jump with a mark of 22-11 3/4, winning the event.

EWU also had a number of competitors very close to hitting Big Sky qualifying marks on the weekend.

Cody Fishel cleared the bar at 6-5 in the high jump, but came just short of passing the Big Sky mark of 6-6 3/4.

Junior Martha Sanford ran a personal-best time of 1:04.94 in the 400-meter hurdles, inching close to the conference standard of 1:04.50.

Jordan Curnutt clocked a time of 1:54.07 in the 800, just missing the qualifying mark of 1:53.50.

With just two regular season meets remaining, the Eagles have hit 37 Big Sky qualifying marks on the season, with 20 for the men and 17 for the women. The 2013 BSC Outdoor Championships will be held in Forest Grove, Ore., on May 8-11.

Eastern will stay close to home next weekend as they compete at the Duane Hartman Invite in Spokane, Wash., on April 27. The team’s annual home meet, the Pelluer Invite that was originally scheduled for Friday (April 26), has been cancelled this year.
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