March 27, 2013

Track and Field Back at Full Strength for Al Manuel Invite

Eastern looks to add to its list of 15 Big Sky Conference qualifying marks in Montana

The Eastern Washington University track and field team will get its first glimpse at some Big Sky Conference opponents this outdoor season when it heads to Missoula, Mont., for the Al Manuel Invitational Friday and Saturday (March 29-30). It will be the team’s first outdoor meet at full strength as the Dusty Lane Open (March 16) was an optional meet for Eastern athletes.

“It will be a good opportunity to see where everyone is at coming off of spring break and finals week,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “Hopefully we can show that we’re a strong team by winning in dual-scoring.”

“We are looking forward to getting back to full strength,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr. “With the number of qualifying marks we already have going into the meet, plus the competition of other Big Sky schools, it should turn out to be a great competition for us.”

The Eagles will face off against Big Sky opponents for the first time this season as the meet is hosted by the University of Montana. The Montana State Bobcats will also be in attendance.

“It’s really going to show us the strength of our team and where we need to improve,” said Mecklenburg. “Both Montana and Montana State build their teams similarly to us. It’s always fun to compete against them for that reason.”

Despite not having its entire squad at the Dusty Lane Open, Eastern managed to snag 15 Big Sky qualifying marks at the meet in Spokane, Wash., with the women hitting eight and the men getting seven. Both Kerr and Mecklenburg expect to see those numbers increase after this weekend.

“Going into this meet we will have a lot of opportunities for athletes to hit qualifying marks,” said Mecklenburg. “I’m mainly just curious to see how all the event areas are doing so we can progress from there. It’s still early on the season, but I do expect to see some more qualifiers.”

A number of athletes will be making their outdoor season debuts, particularly in the distance and jumping events. Eastern will also field a 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay in both genders.

“Each of the relays should be solid,” said Kerr, “we have some great depth in those events and I think we can put down some high-quality times in their first meet.”

The men’s and women’s hammer throw will be contested Friday starting at 2 p.m. Saturday’s action at the Al Manuel Invite will kick off at 9:45 a.m.

“The weather in Missoula is looking very promising and we’re looking to take advantage of that and have some great performances,” said Kerr.

Men’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 8-11– Portland, Ore.
NCAA Championships Preliminary Round – May 23-25 – Austin, Texas
NCAA Championships – Jun. 5-8 – Eugene, Ore.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: Seven

Steven Warner – 110 hurdles – 14.74 – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Brad Wall
– 400 meters – 47.95 – Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ‘08)
Kramer Green – 400 hurdles – 54.85 – Buckley, Wash. (White River HS ’10)
Jordan Arakawa – Hammer Throw – 196-8 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Marlyn Anderson – Shot Put – 54-4 3/4 – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS ’09)
Joey Payne – Javelin – 205-9 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)
Nick Stearns – Pole Vault – 15-5 – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)

Women’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 8-11– Portland, Ore.
NCAA Championships Preliminary Round – May 23-25 – Austin, Texas
NCAA Championships – Jun. 5-8 – Eugene, Ore.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: Eight

Michelle Coombs – Javelin – 146-5 – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’08)
Cora Kellerman – Javelin – 143-5 – La Conner, Wash. (La Conner HS ’08)
Kacie Seims – Javelin – 137-3 – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’12)
Emma Murillo – Javelin – 134-10 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Emma Murillo – Discus Throw – 141-8 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – 12-3 1/2 – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
Olivia Midles – Hammer Throw – 165-10 – Olympia , Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
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 – (2013 Indoors: 2nd in 400;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)
Jordan Arakawa – (2013 Indoors: 2nd in weight throw)
Marlyn Anderson – (2013 Indoors: 3rd in shot put)

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)
Emma Murillo – (2013 Indoors: 3rd in weight throw)

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, 120 – (10 first-place votes)
Montana State, 104 – (one first-place vote)
Sacramento State, 97
Weber State, 94
Southern Utah, 66
Montana, 59
Eastern Washington, 57
Idaho State, 55
Northern Colorado, 27
North Dakota, 24
Portland State, 23

Women's Poll 

Team, Points
Sacramento State, 119 – (nine first-place votes)
Portland State, 96 – (one first-place vote)
Weber State, 82
Montana State, 82
Idaho State, 78
Northern Arizona, 75 (one first-place vote)
Southern Utah, 66
Montana, 53
Eastern Washington, 41
Northern Colorado, 21
North Dakota, 16

TOP SEASON PERFORMANCES

Brad Wall – Sprints – Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ’08)
Wall won the 400 at the Dusty Lane Open with a Big Sky qualifying time of 47.95. It was his first meet back with the Eagles in over a year after redshirting the most recent indoor and outdoor seasons. Wall is the school record holder (46.67) and a three-time conference champion in the 400.

Steven Warner – Hurdles – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Warner, fresh off a redshirt season indoors, qualified in the 110 hurdles in his first meet back with the Eagles, running a time of 14.74 to place first at the Dusty Lane Open. He was third in the event at the 2012 BSC Outdoor Championships.

Jordan Arakawa – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Arakawa opened up the outdoor season with a personal-best throw of 196-8 in the hammer throw to place first at the Dusty Lane Open. That mark qualified him for the BSC Championships and also solidified his spot at No. 5 all-time in school history.

Marlyn Anderson – Throws – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS ’09)
Anderson, a senior, began his final outdoor season with an outdoor personal-best throw of 54-4 3/4 in the shot put at the Dusty Lane Open, placing second. He was third indoors in the event with a personal-best toss of 56-11 1/4.

Kramer Green – Sprints/Hurdles – Buckley, Wash. (White River HS ’10)
Green qualified for the BSC Championships in the 400 hurdles, running a time of 54.85 at the Dusty Lane Open to place second.

Joey Payne – Throws – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)
In his first meet as an Eagle at the Dusty Lane Open, freshman Payne got off a throw of 205-9 in the javelin to qualify for the BSC Championships.

Nick Stearns – Pole Vault – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
At the Dusty Lane Open, Stearns cleared the bar at 15-5 in the pole vault, fulfilling the conference standard and placing second in the event.

Michelle Coombs – Throws – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’08)
Coombs, competing in her final season for EWU, qualified for the BSC Championships in the javelin with a throw of 146-5 at the Dusty Lane Open. She was second in the event at last year’s championships.

Cora Kellerman – Throws – La Conner, Wash. (La Conner HS ’08)
Bringing her talents over from the volleyball team at Eastern, Kellerman qualified for the BSC Championships in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 143-5 at the Dusty Lane Open.

Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
The true freshman opened up her first outdoor season as an Eagle with a Big Sky qualifying mark of 12-3 1/2 in the pole vault at the Dusty Lane Open. She placed first with that mark and also moved into sixth all-time at Eastern.

Emma Murillo – Throws – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Murillo qualified for the BSC Championships in two events at the Dusty Lane Open, getting off throws of 141-8 in the discus and 134-10 in the javelin, respectively.

Kacie Seims – Throws – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’12)
Competing in the red and white for the first time , Seims hit a Big Sky qualifying mark in the javelin with a throw of 137-3 at the Dusty Lane Open.

Olivia Midles – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Midles had a throw of 165-10 in the hammer at the Dusty Lane Open to qualify for the BSC Championships.

Elise Jepsen – Jumps – Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin HS ’09)
The senior qualified in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-5 to place second in the Dusty Lane Open.

LINKS

PDF Link to Fact Book: http://www.goeags.com/sports/c-track/2012-13/Files/2012-13TFFactBook.pdf
EWU Track and Field - http://goeags.com/sports/c-track/index
Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field - http://www.bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?path=otf&
NCAA Track and Field - http://www.ncaa.com
Big Sky Direct Athletics Performance List - http://www.directathletics.com/leagues/track/63.html
TFRRS- Track & Field Results Reporting System - http://www.tfrrs.org
USTFCCCA- U.S. Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association - http://www.ustfccca.org/

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