January 22, 2013

Track and Field Splits Squads This Weekend

Sprinters, Hurdlers and Jumpers head to Bozeman, Mont., while Distance Runners and Throwers compete in Seattle

The Eastern Washington University track and field team will have two different destinations for competition this weekend. The sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers will compete at the Montana State Open in Bozeman, Mont., on Friday (Jan. 25). Meanwhile, the distance runners and throwers will head back to Seattle, Wash., for the UW Invitational on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 25-26).

“Going into this weekend will be exciting as it will give both our rookies and veterans a chance to get a preview of the Big Sky Championships and have great performances,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr.

The crew headed to Bozeman will be able to get a feel for the facilities at Montana State, which will host the 2013 BSC Championships Feb. 22-23.

“Bozeman has a fast 200-meter banked track and it’s the first time a lot of our athletes will run on one,” said Kerr. “And the ones that have run on a banked track haven’t done so in a couple years.”

The men’s and women’s 4x400 meter relay teams are each scheduled to make their season debut at the MSU Open. Last season, both of the relays set the school records in the event at the 2012 BSC Championships, with the men taking the conference title in 3:11.04 and the women running 3:46.77 to place second, respectively.

“I’m excited about both of our relays,” said Kerr. “They are both very talented groups and I would not be surprised if both came out of the meet with the top times in the conference.”

At the UW Invitational, the distance runners will be able to get their first crack at the 5,000 meters, as it was not offered at the previous two meets for the Eagles.

After having last weekend off, EWU will be busy from here on out, as it has a competition scheduled for each weekend up until the BSC Championships. There have been four qualifiers thus far for the conference meet on both the men’s and women’s sides.

The MSU Open kicks off Friday at 4:30 p.m. The UW Invitational begins Friday at 1 p.m. and resumes Saturday at 10 a.m.

“Basically what I’m looking for this weekend is for our athletes to improve their marks, hit some qualifying standards and hopefully move up on the conference lists,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg.

Men’s Qualifiers/Records
Big Sky Championships – Feb. 22-23 – Bozeman, Mont.
NCAA Championships – Mar. 8-9 – Fayetteville, Ark.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: Four (New: One)

Marlyn Anderson – Shot Put – 52-8 3/4 – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS ’09)
Zack Nielsen – Weight Throw – 56-10 3/4 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Jordan Arakawa – Weight Throw – 55-11 3/4 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Michael Okoro – 400 meters – 48.98 – Lakewood, Wash. (Clover Park HS ’10)

Women’s Qualifiers/Records
Big Sky Championships – Feb. 22-23 – Bozeman, Mont.
NCAA Championships – Mar. 8-9 – Fayetteville, Ark.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: Four (New: One)

Keisa Monterola – Pole Vault – 12-9 1/2 – Caracus, Venezuela (Licro Caracas HS ‘06/ Clackamas CC)
Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – 12-6 1/4 – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
Robin Taylor – Pole Vault – 11-9 3/4 – Blaine, Wash. (Blaine HS ’10)
Vania Tauvela – Weight Throw – 54-4 3/4 – Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)

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