Eastern Set to Face High-Caliber Fields in California

Eagles look to add to list of 31 Big Sky qualifiers in two elite meets

The Eastern Washington University track and field teams are entering a highly competitive weekend as they head back to California to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays (April 17-19) and the Beach Invitational (April 18-19).

“It is a tremendous opportunity,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr. “Mt. SAC is typically a meet where a lot of elite athletes in the country make their outdoor debut, so our athletes will get to share the same atmosphere as them.”

The 56th annual Mt. SAC Relays is the more prestigious of the two meets and is held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. The stature of the meet helped develop its slogan, “Where the world’s best athletes compete,” as it attracts thousands of talented athletes and programs every year.

“Mt. SAC is a very high quality and meet that is a little more difficult for athletes to get into,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “ It’s a very historic meet at a historic location and many Olympians have competed there.”

The Beach Invitational is held at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., and hosted by Long Beach State.

“Long Beach is another really big meet with a great facility and environment for our athletes to compete in,” said Mecklenburg.

EWU has strung together 31 Big Sky Conference qualifying marks on the season, with the women hitting 20 and the men grabbing 11. The 2014 BSC Outdoor Championships will be held in Flagstaff, Ariz., on May 14-17.

Collegiate action at the Mt. SAC Relays begins Thursday at 6 p.m.

“The weather forecast along with the two great venues and fields assembled will be contributing to the great performances that are going to come out of this weekend,” said Kerr.

Men’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 14-17– Flagstaff, Ariz.
NCAA Championships Preliminary Round – May 29-31 – Fayetteville, Ark.
NCAA Championships – June 11-14 – Eugene, Ore.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 11 (New: Two – Caviezel 100, Osborn TJ)

Steven Warner – 110 hurdles – 14.50 – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Jordan Arakawa – Hammer Throw – 219-3 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Zack Nielsen – Hammer Throw – 200-11 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Jon Buchanan – Hammer Throw – 193-5 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Zack Nielsen – Discus – 163-1 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Jon Buchanan – Shot Put – 56-10 – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Joey Payne – Javelin – 206-4 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)
Brad Michael – 400 meters – 48.09 – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Trenton Osborn – Long Jump – 23-4 1/2 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS ’13)
Trenton Osborn – Triple Jump – 45-6 1/2 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS ’13)
Kyle Caviezel - 100 meters - 10.77 - Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers-Puyallup HS ’12)

Women’s Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 14-17– Flagstaff, Ariz.
NCAA Championships Preliminary Round – May 29-31 – Fayetteville, Ark.
NCAA Championships – June 11-14 – Eugene, Ore.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 20 (New: Four - Forcier SP, Murillo HT, Tauvela HT, Baker JT)

Olivia Midles – Hammer Throw – 195-10 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Kelsie Forcier – Hammer Throw – 180-9 – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Emma Murillo – Javelin – 135-4 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – 12-3 1/2 – Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS ’13)
Catie Arrigoni – 3,000-meter steeplechase – 11:01.92 – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
Kelsie Forcier – Discus – 145-0 – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – 11-9 3/4 – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
Morgan Romey – Shot Put – 48-6 1/4 – Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS ’11)
Sarah Reiter  - 10,000 meters – 35:56.49 – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’12/Montana State)
Sarah Reiter – 5,000 meters – (cross-qualified in 10K) – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ‘12/Montana State)
Berenice Penaloza – 10,000 meters – 36:43.57 – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS ’11)
Berenice Penaloza – 5,000 meters – (cross-qualified in 10K) – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS ’11)
Catie Arrigoni – 5,000 meters – 17:47.33 (17:19.39 altitude adjusted) – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
Catie Arrigoni – 10,000 meters – (cross-qualified in 5K) – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
Katie Mahoney – 3,000-meter steeplechase – 10:28.95 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Emma Murillo – Discus – 143-8 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Kelsie Forcier - Shot Put - 45-7 1/2 - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Emma Murillo - Hammer Throw - 179-11 - Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Vania Tauvela - Hammer Throw - 165-6 - Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Samantha Baker - Javelin - 139-9 1/2 - Spokane, Wash. (Mead HS ’13)

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):

Jon Buchanan – (2014 Indoors: 2nd in shot put, 3rd in weight throw; 2011 Indoors: 3rd in shot put)
Brad Michael – (2014 Indoors: 3rd in 400; 2013 Outdoors: 3rd in 400; 2013 Indoors: 2nd in 400;2012 Outdoors: 3rd in 400; 2012 Indoors: 2nd in 400, 3rd in 200)
Zack Nielsen – (2014 Indoors: 2nd in weight throw; 2012 Indoors: 3rd in weight throw)
Phil Puccino – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in triple jump; 2012 Indoors: 3rd in triple jump)
Nick Stearns – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in pole vault; 2012 Indoors: 3rd in pole vault)
Steven Warner (2012 Outdoors: 3rd in 110 hurdles; 2012 Indoors: Champion in 60 hurdles)
4x400 Relay (2013 Outdoors: 2nd/Kramer Green, Nick Olsson, Brad Michael, Brad Wall; 2012 Indoors: Champion/Collin Green, Michael Okoro, Brad Michael, Brad Wall; 2011 Outdoors: 3rd/Michael Okoro, Kramer Green, Collin Green, Brad Wall)
Jordan Arakawa – (2014 Indoors: Champion in weight throw; 2013 outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw; 2013 Indoors: 2nd in weight throw)
Joey Payne – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in javelin)
Trenton Osborn- (2014 Indoors: 2nd in long jump)

Olivia Midles – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw; 2011 Outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw)
Robin Taylor – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in pole vault; 2012 Outdoors: 2nd in pole vault)
4x400 Relay – (2012 Indoors: 2nd/Whitney Leavitt, Nicole Nida, Angelica Rodriguez, Chelsea Lawhead)
Emma Murillo – (2013 Outdoors: 3rd in hammer throw; 2013 Indoors: 3rd in weight throw)
Katie Mahoney – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in 3,000 steeplechase)

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, 121– (11 first-place votes)
Sacramento State, 104
Montana, 88
Weber State, 80
Montana State, 78
Southern Utah, 74
Eastern Washington, 64
Idaho State, 41
Portland State, 37
North Dakota, 23
Northern Colorado, 16

Women's Poll

Team, Points
Northern Arizona, 116 – (seven first-place votes)
Sacramento State, 104 – (four first-place votes)
Montana, 94
Weber State, 94
Portland State, 76
Southern Utah, 68
Montana State, 55
Eastern Washington, 46
Idaho State, 30
Northern Colorado, 25
North Dakota, 18

BIG SKY LEADERS –  Eastern currently has three athletes who lead the Big Sky in their event: Jordan Arakawa (hammer, 219-3), Jon Buchanan (shot put, 56-10) and Katie Mahoney (3,000-meter steeplechase, 10:28.95)

REGIONALLY-RANKED – The following Eagles have hit marks that rank near the top 48 of the Division I West Region

Men
28. Jon Buchanan (Shot Put, 56-10)
6. Jordan Arakawa (Hammer Throw, 219-3)
20. Zack Nielsen (Hammer Throw, 200-11)
42. Jon Buchanan (Hammer Throw, 193-5)
28. Joey Payne (Javelin, 206-4)
Women
32. Sarah Reiter (10,000, 35:56.49)
41. Berenice Penaloza (10,000, 36:43.57)
23. Katie Mahoney (steeplechase, 10:28.95)
49. Catie Arrigoni (steeplechase, 10:54.01 altitude converted)
40. Morgan Romey (Shot Put, 48-6 1/4)
19. Olivia Midles (Hammer Throw, 195-10)
53. Kelsie Forcier (Hammer Throw, 180-9)

TOP SEASON PERFORMANCES

Men

Jordan Arakawa – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Coming off a Big Sky title indoors in the weight throw, Arakawa picked up right where he left off, winning the hammer throw at the Dusty Lane Open with a mark of 209-6 to book his ticket for the Big Sky Championships. He launched a new personal best of 219-3 at the Al Manuel Invite, winning the competition by over 30 feet. Arakawa also got off throws of 212-1 (Stanford) and 216-8 (Pelluer) that have earned him Big Sky Men’s Field Athlete of the Week on three occasions this season.

Zack Nielsen – Throws – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS ’09)
Nielsen, who placed second in an EWU 1,2,3 sweep indoors in the weight throw, qualified in the hammer with a mark of 186-4 at the Dusty Lane Open. He wasn’t done there, as he also qualified in the discus with a toss of 159-8. He improved on that mark in the discus with a throw of 163-1 at the Al Manuel Invite. He broke the 200-foot barrier in the hammer for the first time in his career at the Pelluer Invitational with a personal best of 200-11 that ranks fifth in school history.

Jon Buchanan – Throws – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS ’09)
Fresh off of two All-Big Sky performances indoors, Buchanan stamped his ticket to the conference meet, qualifying in both the shot put (53-11 1/4) and hammer throw (178-1) at the Dusty Lane Open. He improved on both those marks at the Pelluer Invitational, getting off throws of 56-10 in the shot put and 193-5 in the hammer. Those marks rank Buchanan fifth and 10th all-time at Eastern.

Joey Payne – Throws – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’12)
Payne, who was second in the javelin at last year’s Big Sky Championships, opened up his sophomore season with a personal-best mark of 206-4 to qualify for the conference meet and place second overall at the Dusty Lane Open.

Steven Warner – Hurdles – Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’09)
Competing in his final outdoor season for the Eagles, Warner opened up with a Big Sky qualifying time of 14.74 in the 110 hurdles at the Dusty Lane Open. He won the event at the Pelluer, running a seasonal-best time of 14.50 and edging the runner-up by a millisecond.

Brad Michael – Sprints – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS ’11)
Competing at the Stanford Invitational, Michael ran a time of 48.09 in the 400 to book his ticket for the Big Sky Championships. He also ran a time of 22.12 in the 200, nearly hitting the conference standard of 22.10.

Trenton Osborn – Jumps – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS ’13)
Fresh off a second-place finish indoors at the Big Sky Championships, Osborn qualified in the long jump with a leap of 22-9 1/4 at the Stanford Invitational. He improved on that mark with a collegiate-best jump of 23-4 1/2 at the Pelluer. Osborn also competed in the triple jump at the Pelluer and qualified with a mark of 45-6 1/2.

Kyle Caviezel - Sprints - Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers-Puyallup HS ’12)
Caviezel sprinted to a personal-best time of 10.77 in the 100, winning the event at the windy Pelluer Invitational. That time meets the Big Sky standard.

Women

Olivia Midles – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Midles kicked off the outdoor season winning the hammer throw with a mark of 179-5 at the Dusty Lane Open to qualify for the Big Sky Championships. She fired off a personal best of 195-10 at the Pelluer Invitational, breaking the meet and stadium record. Midles ranks second in school history with that mark, but has moved closer to the school record of 199-8 set in 2010 by Nicole Luckenbach.

Kelsie Forcier – Throws – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Forcier, who is competing in her first outdoor season with the Eagles, has qualified in three events on the season: the hammer throw, discus and shot put. Her seasonal bests of 180-9 in the hammer and 45-7 1/2 in the shot put at the Pelluer Invitational rank her fourth and sixth in school history. Her seasonal best of 145-0 in the discus came in a second-place finish at the Al Manuel Invite.

Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS ’13)
Bray won the pole vault at the Dusty Lane Open with a clearance of 11-11 3/4, qualifying the freshman for the Big Sky meet. She improved on that mark with a jump of 12-4 at the Pelluer Invite, placing second and ranking sixth all-time at Eastern.

Emma Murillo – Throws – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Murillo has qualified in three events on the season: the javelin, discus and hammer throw. She opened her outdoor season with a qualifying mark of 135-4 in the javelin, placing fourth overall at the Dusty Lane Open. She qualified in a second event, the discus, with a throw of 143-8 at the Stanford Invitational. Murillo qualified in the hammer at the Pelluer Invite with a throw of 179-11.

Catie Arrigoni – Distance – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
In her first 3,000-meter steeplechase race with as an Eagle, Arrigoni ran a time of 11:01.92  at the Al Manuel Invite to jump up to second in school history and qualify for the Big Sky meet. That time only trails school-record holder Katie Mahoney. At the Montana State Open, Arrigoni ran away with a win in the 5,000 meters, running 17:47.33 to rank eighth all-time at Eastern. Her altitude-converted time of 17:19.39 qualifies her in both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the Big Sky meet.

Anandae Clark – Pole Vault  – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS ’12)
Clark booked her ticket to the Big Sky meet with a clearance of 11-9 3/4 in the pole vault at the Al Manuel Invitational. She won the event at the Pelluer Invite with a collegiate outdoor best of 12-4, ranking her sixth in school history.

Morgan Romey – Throws – Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS ’11)
Romey got off a throw of 45-0 1/4 at the Al Manuel Invite, winning the event and qualifying for the Big Sky Championships. She unleashed a personal-best throw of 48-6 1/4 at the Pelluer Invite to move up to third all-time at Eastern.

Sarah Reiter – Distance - Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS’ 12/Montana State)
At the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, Reiter placed second in the 10,000 with a time of 35:56.49, which ranks third in school history. That time also cross-qualifies Reiter in both the 10,000 and 5,000 for the Big Sky Championships.

Berenice Penaloza – Distance – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS ’11)
Penaloza placed seventh in the 10,000 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, running a personal-best time of 36:43.57. That time ranks sixth all-time at Eastern and also cross-qualifies the women’s distance captain in both the 10,000 and 5,000 for the conference meet.

Katie Mahoney – Distance – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
At the Stanford Invitational, Mahoney clocked a time of 10:28.95 in her opening 3,000-meter steeplechase of the year, booking her ticket to the conference meet. The sophomore was second in the event last year and set a school record of 10:21.53 at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.

Vania Tauvela - Throws - Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Tauvela booked her ticket to the conference meet with a throw of 165-6 in the hammer, finishing fifth overall in a stacked field for Eastern.

Samantha Baker - Throws - Spokane, Wash. (Mead HS ’13)
After flirting with the mark in previous weeks, Baker had a throw of 139-9 1/2 to place fourth at the Pelluer Invitational and qualify the freshman for the Big Sky Championships.

LINKS

2013-14 Track & Field Online Guide: http://goeags.com/sports/c-track/onlineguide
EWU Track and Field - http://goeags.com/sports/c-track/index
Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field – http://bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?path=otf&
NCAA Track and Field - http://www.ncaa.com
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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