January 29, 2013

Eastern Gears Up For Two Meets in Idaho

Track and Field looks to add more Big Sky qualifiers this weekend in Moscow, Idaho

The Eastern Washington University track and field team will compete in two different meets this weekend including the 37th Annual Vandal Indoor Friday (Feb. 1) and the Vandal Collegiate Saturday (Feb. 2) at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.

The Vandal Indoor, which claims the slogan “Where the Best in the Northwest Prove It”, is the more exclusive meet of the weekend with field events limited to one flight and track events being limited to two heats.

“We’re always excited to get back to the Kibbie Dome,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr, “It gives us a chance to feature our top athletes who have showed consistency at a high level of performance.”

The Vandal Indoor also offers an event not normally offered during the indoor season, the discus throw.

“It’s a lot of fun for our athletes to be able to go and throw full length,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg, “We always look forward to it and it gives us an opportunity to see where we are at.”

This weekend will give the Eagles another look at Big Sky Conference opponent Montana, who they clashed with earlier in the season at the Candy Cane V Invite. They will also get a glimpse at the University of Idaho, who will be joining the conference in the 2014-15 season.

 Eastern will send 32 athletes to the Vandal Indoor Friday, with 15 men and17 women competing. The majority of the other athletes will compete at the Vandal Collegiate Saturday.

“The Vandal Collegiate isn’t as stacked as the Vandal Indoor but it is still a very competitive meet,” said Kerr, “It’s at a venue that is well known for producing good times and marks.”

The Eagles have attained a total of 16 Big Sky qualifying marks on the season, with 11 for the men and five for the women. Both Kerr and Mecklenburg believe those numbers will continue to increase.

“We’re nearing the middle of the season,” said Mecklenburg, “So everyone should be at a point where they’re improving and starting to hit some more qualifying marks.”

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: 11 (New: Seven)

Marlyn Anderson – Shot Put – 53-7 1/2 – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS ’09)
Zack Nielsen – Weight Throw – 58-10 3/4 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Jordan Arakawa – Weight Throw – 58-6 1/2 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Michael Okoro – 400 meters – 48.98 – Lakewood, Wash. (Clover Park HS ’10)
Michael Okoro – 200 meters – 21.96 – Lakewood, Wash. (Clover Park HS ’10)
Nick Stearns – Pole Vault – 15-5 – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
Cody Fishel – High Jump – 6-6 3/4 – Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Thomas Kassa – High Jump – 6-6 3/4 – Anacortes, Wash. (Anacortes HS ’10)
Vince Hamilton – 5,000 meters – 14:24.52 – Spokane, Wash. (North Central HS ‘11/ Boise State)
Chris Schroll – 5,000 meters – 14:55.10 – Puyallup, Wash. (Emerald Ridge HS ‘10/ UNC-Pembroke)
Jon Buchanan – Shot Put – 53-0 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)

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: Five (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 – 12-3 1/2 – Blaine, Wash. (Blaine HS ’10)
Vania Tauvela – Weight Throw – 58-8 1/2– Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Elise Jepsen – High Jump – 5-5 – Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin HS ’09)

RETURNING ALL-BIG SKY ATHLETES

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):

Jonathan Buchanan – (2011 Indoors: 3rd in shot put)
Brad Michael – (2012 Outdoors: 3rd in 400; 2012 Indoors: 2nd in 400, 3rd in 200)
Zack Nielsen – (2012 Indoors: 3rd in weight throw)
Michael Okoro (2011 Outdoors: Champion in 200)
Phillip Puccino – (2012 Indoors: 3rd in triple jump)
Nick Stearns – (2012 Indoors: 3rd in pole vault)
Brad Wall – (2012 Indoors: 3rd in 400; 2011 Outdoors: Champion in 400; 2011 Indoors: Champion in 400; 2010 Outdoors: Champion in 400)
Steven Warner (2012 Outdoors: 3rd in 110 hurdles; 2012 Indoors: Champion in 60 hurdles)
4x400 Relay (2011 Outdoors: 3rd/Michael Okoro, Kramer Green, Collin Green, Brad Wall; 2012 Indoors: Champion/Collin Green, Michael Okoro, Brad Michael, Brad Wall)
4x100 Relay (2011 Outdoors: 2nd/Alex Flores, Michael Okoro, Kurt Williams, Brad Wall)

Michelle Coombs – (2012 Outdoors: 2nd in Javelin; 2009 Outdoors: Champion in Javelin)
Keisa Monterola  - (2012 Outdoors: Champion in pole vault; 2012 Indoors: Champion in pole vault)
Olivia Midles – (2011 Outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw)
Brianna Okoro - (2011 Outdoors: 3rd in long jump; 2010 Outdoors: Champion in 200, 3rd in 100, 3rd in long jump)
Robin Taylor – (2012 Outdoors: 2nd in pole vault)
Elise Jepsen – (2012 Outdoors: 3rd in high jump)
4x400 Relay – (2012 Indoors: 2nd/Whitney Leavitt, Nicole Nida, Angelica Rodriguez, Chelsea Lawhead)

SEASON NOTES

Big Sky Conference Preseason Polls
Voting is calculated with each team receiving 11 points for a first place vote, 10 points for a second place vote, etc. Coaches are allowed to vote for their respective teams. Below are the final results with the number of first place votes in parenthesis.

Men's Poll 

Team, Points
Northern Arizona, 119 – nine first-place votes
Montana State, 97 – two first-place votes
Sacramento State, 93
Weber State, 88
Eastern Washington, 78
Southern Utah, 65
 Idaho State, 64
Montana, 53
North Dakota, 25
Northern Colorado, 24
Portland State, 20

Women's Poll 

Team, Points
Weber State, 114 – five first-place votes
Sacramento State, 113 – six first-place votes
Northern Arizona, 85
Portland State, 75
Southern Utah, 72
Montana, 65
Montana State, 65
Idaho State, 55
Eastern Washington, 39
North Dakota, 22
Northern Colorado, 21

LINKS

EWU Track and Field - http://goeags.com/sports/c-track/index
Big Sky Indoor Track and Field - http://www.bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?path=itf&
NCAA Track and Field - http://www.ncaa.com
Big Sky Direct Athletics Performance List - http://www.directathletics.com/leagues/track/63.html

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