April 10, 2010

Luckenbach Breaks School Record for Second-Straight Day

Senior from Snohomish moves into eighth in NCAA Division I with a near 200-foot hammer throw

Senior Nicole Luckenbach broke her own school record in the hammer throw as the Eastern Washington University track and field team competed at the WAR 3 (Washington versus Oregon, Montana and Idaho) meet Saturday (April 10) in Spokane, Wash.

Luckenbach had a winning throw of 199-2 to break her own school record and move her into eighth in NCAA Division I and fifth on the NCAA Division I West Region best list. To compete at the NCAA Division I West Regionals in Austin, Texas, on May 27-29, student-athletes need to rank in the top 48 in their event.

A 2005 graduate of Snohomish (Wash.) High School, her throw of 193-0 on Friday at the 39th Annual Pelluer Invitational broke school, meet and stadium records. She broke her own school record that she set last year at the Big Sky Conference Championships with a mark of 191-11. The previous Pelluer record was set by Gabby Midles in 2009 with a throw of 185-11 and the old Woodward Field record of 183-7 was set by Ashley Jones of Montana State in 2006.

Also in Spokane, Brianna Okoro finished second out of 42 competitors in the 200 meters with a time of 24.57 to rank fourth in school history. She had already qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships in Ogden, Utah, May 12-15.

On the men's side, Armon Blackwell qualified for the BSC Championships in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.12.

Eagles who had personal bests included Whitney Leavitt (100m, 11.96), Steven Warner (110m hurdles, 15.01), Emily Jacobsen (hammer, 166-0) and Erica Chaney (discus, 148-2).

The Eagles will split their team next weekend and compete at the Mt. Sac Relays/Combined Events in Walnut, Calif., on April 14-17 and at the Long Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., on April 17.

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