Track and Field Taking First-Ever Trip to Corvallis

Oregon State High Performance Meet is second-to-last opportunity for Eagles to hit Big Sky standards

With the Big Sky Outdoor Championships approaching fast, the Eastern Washington University track and field teams will travel to Corvallis, Ore., for the first time ever to compete in the Oregon State High Performance Meet Thursday and Saturday (May 1-2).

“We’re excited about heading to Corvallis as it’s a new competition for us,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr. “Coach Sullivan at Oregon State has put together an outstanding field of competitors and that should help us put together some strong performances this weekend.”

The meet is hosted by Oregon State University and will be held at Whyte Track & Field Center, which was opened in September of 2012. The new facility was another milestone towards the rebirth of the Beaver’s track and field program, which took a long hiatus until the women’s team was reintroduced in 2004.

With the Whyte Center project not completely finished, the men’s and women’s hammer throw will be contested Thursday at nearby Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore. The remainder of the meet will take place on Friday in Corvallis. Several programs around the Pacific Northwest are scheduled to attend, including Big Sky Conference member Portland State.

“Our top performers know they’re going into a quality venue against a high quality competitors,” said Kerr. “Athletes who are on the bubble know they also have a great opportunity and atmosphere to get those qualifying marks they’ve been gunning after.”

Eastern hasn’t participated in a meet in Oregon since last season’s Big Sky Outdoor Championships, which were hosted by Portland State and held in Forest Grove. The High Performance Meet will also mark the first time ever that Eastern has competed in Corvallis.

The Eagles are nearing the end of the regular season, as the Big Sky Championships are almost two weeks away on May 14-17 in Flagstaff, Ariz. Eastern has collected 43 conference qualifying marks on the season, with 29 for the women and 14 for the men. The meet will be the second-to-last opportunity for Eagles to hit Big Sky standards. According to Kerr and head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg, the meet will serve as a tune-up for athletes who have already booked their tickets to the conference meet.

“This will probably be the last meet for some athletes prior to the Big Sky meet,” said Mecklenburg. “So this will be their last opportunity to move up on the conference or regional list. Those athletes still trying to qualify will get another opportunity to and if they don’t hopefully they at least improve on their position in the conference.”

The hammer throw will start at 2 p.m. Thursday at Western Oregon. Friday’s action at Oregon State starts at noon (field events) and 4 p.m. (track events).

“The last time I was at Oregon State was the Pac-10 Championships,” said Mecklenburg. “It’ll be fun to get back there, see what their facility is like.”

“It’ll be nice to have a different flavor this weekend with it being a twilight meet,” said Kerr. “We think the conditions are going to be beautiful and it will be a great atmosphere for fans and competitors.”

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: 14 (New: One – Upmeyer 400)

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 – 170-2 – 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 – 47.85 – 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)
Kramer Green – 400-meter hurdles – 54.88 – Buckley, Wash. (White River HS ’10)
Nick Stearns – Pole Vault  - 15-11 – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
Austin Upmeyer – 400 meters – 49.03 – Spokane Valley, Wash. (University HS ’13)

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: Katie Mahoney – 3,000-meter steeplechase – 10:17.34, 1,500 – 4:25.33
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 29 (New: Three - Mahoney 5K/10K, Kimes 400H)

Olivia Midles – Hammer Throw – 195-10 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS ’10)
Kelsie Forcier – Hammer Throw – 185-2 – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Emma Murillo – Javelin – 137-3 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – 13-1 1/2 – Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS ’13)
Catie Arrigoni – 3,000-meter steeplechase – 10:33.52 – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
Kelsie Forcier – Discus – 145-5 – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’12)
Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – 12-4 – 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 –17:02.50 – 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 – 17:05.71 – 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 – 10:17.34 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Emma Murillo – Discus – 147-2 – 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 – 170-4 - Orting, Wash. (Orting HS ’09)
Samantha Baker - Javelin – 145-2 - Spokane, Wash. (Mead HS ’13)
Jozie Kimes – Heptathlon – 4,429 – Cashmere, Wash. (Cashmere HS ’12)
Catie Arrigoni – 1,500 – 4:33.80 – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS ‘11/Everett CC)
Paula Gil-Echevarria – 3,000-meter steeplechase – 10:42.75 – Madrid, Spain
Morgan Romey – Discus – 142-11 – Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS ’11)
Katie Mahoney – 1,500 – 4:25.33 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Katie Mahoney – 800 – 2:12.40 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Katie Mahoney – 5,000 – 16:45.92 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Katie Mahoney – 10,000 – (Cross-qualified in 5K) – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS ’11)
Jozie Kimes  - 400 hurdles – 1:03.38 – Cashmere, Wash. (Cashmere HS ’12)

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 four athletes who lead the Big Sky in their event: Jordan Arakawa (hammer, 219-3), Jon Buchanan (shot put, 56-10),  Katie Mahoney (3,000-meter steeplechase, 10:17.34) and Courtney Bray (pole vault, 13-1 1/2).

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

Men
36. Jon Buchanan (Shot Put, 56-10)
7. Jordan Arakawa (Hammer Throw, 219-3)
22. Zack Nielsen (Hammer Throw, 200-11)
48. Jon Buchanan (Hammer Throw, 193-5)
32. Joey Payne (Javelin, 206-4)

Women
11. Katie Mahoney (steeplechase, 10:17.34)
41. Catie Arrigoni (steeplechase, 10:33.52)
51. Paula Gil-Echevarria (steeplechase, 10:42.75)
25. Courtney Bray (pole vault, 13-1 1/2)
44. Morgan Romey (Shot Put, 48-6 1/4)
21. Olivia Midles (Hammer Throw, 195-10)
49. Kelsie Forcier (Hammer Throw, 185-2)
46. Samantha Baker (Javelin, 145-2)

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. His personal best continues to rank second in school history behind David Paul (226-2, 2007).

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. At the Beach Invitational, Nielsen got off a personal-best throw of 170-2 in the discus, which ranks 10th 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. At the Mt. SAC Relays, Michael recorded a seasonal-best time of 47.85 in the 400.

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.

Kramer Green – Sprints/Hurdles – Buckley, Wash. (White River HS ’10)
After flirting with the Big Sky standard at the previous couple meets, Green booked his ticket to the conference meet, running a time of 54.88 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Nick Stearns – Pole Vault – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS ’11)
Stearns qualified for the Big Sky Championships in the pole vault, clearing a height of 15-11 at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Austin Upmeyer – Sprints – Spokane Valley, Wash. (University HS ’13)
Upmeyer qualified for the Big Sky Championships in the 400, running a time of 49.03 to place second at the Duane Hartman Invitational.

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. She had a throw of 45-7 1/2 in the shot put at Pelluer Invite, the sixth-best mark in school history. She added personal bests of 185-2 in the hammer and 145-5 in the discus at the Beach Invitational. That mark in the hammer ranks third all-time at Eastern.

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 personal best of 13-1 1/2 at the Duane Hartman Invitational, moving her to fourth in school history.

Emma Murillo – Throws – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS ’10)
Murillo has qualified in three events on the season: the javelin, discus and hammer throw. Murillo qualified in the hammer at the Pelluer Invite with a seasonal-best throw of 179-11. She achieved seasonal bests of 137-3 in the javelin and147-2 in the discus at the Beach Invitational.

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. She improved on that time heavily at the Mt. SAC Relays, racing to a personal best of 10:33.52. That time ranks second in school history only behind school-record holder and teammate 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. Arrigoni became a quadruple Big Sky qualifier after running a time of 4:33.80 in the 1,500 at the Beach Invitational, which ranks seventh in school history.

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. Reiter ran a time of 17:02.50 in the 5,000 at the Mt. SAC Relays, moving her to the No. 4 spot in school history.

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. Penaloza ran 17:05.71 in the 5,000 at the Mt. SAC Relays, which also ranks sixth in school history.

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. At the Mt. SAC Relays, Mahoney broke her own school record in the event, racing to a time of 10:17.34 to place third in the open elite section. She wasn’t done there as she also broke her own school record in the 1,500 at the Beach Invitational, running 4:25.33 and also meeting a Big Sky standard. She capped the weekend by becoming a triple conference qualifier, running a personal best of 2:12.40 in the 800, which moves her up to second all-time at Eastern, now only trailing school-record holder Katie Ellison (2:11.41, 2000). Mahoney ran a time of 16:45.92 in the 5,000 at the Duane Hartman Invitational, placing first and moving up to third in school history. That also gave Mahoney her fourth and fifth Big Sky standards of the season, as she cross-qualifies in both the 5K and 10K.

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. She improved on that mark with a personal best of 170-4 at the Duane Hartman Invitational, placing fourth and moving up to 10th all-time at 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. She improved on that mark with a throw of 145-2 at the Duane Hartman Invitational and is just on the cusp of cracking the top 10 all-time at Eastern.

Paula Gil-Echevarria – Distance -  Madrid, Spain
Competing in her first 3,000-meter steeplechase, Gil-Echevarria became just the third Eagle to break the 11-minute mark in the event, running 10:42.75 at the Beach Invitational to rank third in school history behind teammates Katie Mahoney and Catie Arrigoni. She had a time of 4:34.11 in the 1,500 at the Mt. SAC Relays, just missing the Big Sky standard of 4:34 but also putting her eighth all-time at Eastern.

Jozie Kimes – Jumps/Multi. – Cashmere, Wash. (Cashmere HS ’12)
Kimes won the heptathlon at the Spokane Multi 2014 meet, recording a personal-best score of 4,429 to rank fifth in school history and qualify for the Big Sky Championships. Her best scores during the hep came from the 800 (2:24.74, 760) and 100 hurdles (15.83, 735). She also met the Big Sky standard in the 400 hurdles at the Duane Hartman Invitational, placing first with a personal-best time of 1:03.38. That time ranks ninth all-time at Eastern.

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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