January 25, 2014

Lemafa and Murillo Hit Qualifying Marks in Moscow

Eastern grabs two more conference standards in the weight throw at the Idaho Collegiate

The Eastern Washington University track and field teams increased their Big Sky qualifying mark count to 18 on the season after hitting two more standards at the Idaho Collegiate Friday (Jan. 24) in Moscow, Idaho.

“Our training intensity is still high,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr. “I’m very pleased with the team effort and support.”

Shaun Lemafa
, who came just inches away from eclipsing the Big Sky standard last week at the UW Indoor Preview, qualified for the Big Sky Championships in the weight throw with a toss of 56-4 to place fourth overall. His teammates Zack Nielsen (61-6) and Jordan Arakawa (61-5) placed first and second.

Emma Murillo
had a mark of 55-2 in the weight throw, placing third and punching her ticket to the conference meet. With Murillo and Lemafa's marks, Eastern now has six qualifiers in the weight throw, with three on both the men and women's sides.

“We have a great crew of weight-throwers this season,” said Mecklenburg. “Each week a different athlete steps up and does well and this week it was Emma's time.”

Eastern fielded a 4x400 relay for the first time this season, and both squads picked up wins, with the men running 3:16.35 and the women clocking a time of 3:55.67. That time for the women ranks 10th in school history, while the men’s time ranks 11th, coming just short of cracking the top ten all-time.

“Our 4x400 relays ran great times for it being this early in the season,” said Mecklenburg. “I am excited to see what they can do as we get closer to the conference meet.”

Paula Gil-Echevarria
ran a time of 2:17.35 in the 800, just missing the Big Sky standard of 2:14.00 and moving the freshman from Spain into ninth all-time at Eastern.

Keisa Monterola
cleared a height of 12-11 1/2 in the pole vault to place first overall.

Trenton Osborn
had a mark of 23-0 1/2 in the long jump, placing first and edging the runner-up by half an inch.

Obinna Nnadi
ran a personal-time of 22.55 in the 200, placing third and improving on his previous best by nearly half a second.

The Eagles have now attained 18 Big Sky qualifying marks on the season, with 11 for the men and seven for the women. The Big Sky Indoor Championships are set for Feb. 27- Mar. 1 in Pocatello, Idaho.

“We competed hard and remain very goal-oriented,” said Kerr.

Eastern will travel to Boise, Idaho next week for the Ed Jacoby Invitational on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 hosted by Boise State University.
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