Many Eastern athletes to make their season debuts in their marquee events
After taking over a month off from competition, the Eastern Washington University track and field teams will get back into action Saturday (Jan. 12) at the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle, Wash., hosted by the University of Washington at the Dempsey Indoor facility.
Running events will start at 8 a.m. Saturday with the first heat of the women’s 3,000 meters. Field events will kick off at 9 a.m. with the first flight of the women’s pole vault.
“I grade on effort and that will continue to be true with our opening meet coming back off a great holiday session,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr. “Dempsey is a great facility with a terrific atmosphere and it always has a great field of competition.”
The Eagles began their 2012-13 indoor season by hosting the Candy Cane V Invitational at home on Dec. 7-8. At that meet, six Eagles hit qualifying marks for the 2013 Big Sky Championships, which will be held Feb. 22-23 in Bozeman, Mont.
The Candy Cane V gave numerous field event athletes their first crack at reaching qualifying marks. This weekend, several Eastern runners will get their first shot as they make their season debut this weekend, most of them in their specialties.
Sophomore Brad Michael, the indoor school record holder in the 400 meters, will make his season debut in that event. Junior Michael Okoro will also take on the quarter-mile.
Some key female sprinters competing this weekend include Brianna Okoro, Whitney Leavitt, Angélica Rodríguez and Leiran Cornish.
Male distance runners starting off their season include Vince Hamilton, Simon Sorensen, Jordan Curnutt and Chris Schroll, as well as 2012 cross country standout David Thor.
Competing in the 3,000 meters will be Stephanie Dye, Berenice Penaloza and Katie Mahoney.
“We’ve had great fall conditioning across the board in each event area,” said Kerr. “We think our athletes will perform at a level that will put them on the conference performance list and, of course, we want to see them hit some qualifying standards too.”
Men 2013 Big Sky Indoor Championship Qualifiers
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)
Women 2013 Big Sky Indoor Championship Qualifiers
Keisa Monterola – Pole Vault – 12-9 1/2 –
Caracus, Venezuela (Licro Caracas HS ‘06/ Clackamas CC)
Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – 12-3 1/2 – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
Robin Taylor – Pole Vault – 11-9 3/4 – Blaine, Wash. (Blaine HS ’10)