March 9, 2010

Luckenbach Selected to Compete at NCAA Championships

Ranked 16th in NCAA Division I in the weight throw, Luckenbach will compete at noon on Friday

Senior Nicole Luckenbach of the Eastern Washington University track and field team has been selected as an at-large competitor in the weight throw and will compete Friday (March 12) at the NCAA Division I Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Luckenbach, who is ranked 16th in NCAA Division I, will compete at noon in the field of 17. She is the first Eastern female to compete at the NCAA Championships indoors since 1995 when Joyce Rainwater competed in the 55 meters.

“I am thrilled that Nicole qualified for the championships,” said head women’s track and field coach Marcia Mecklenburg.  “The NCAA Indoor National Championships is a difficult meet to qualify for so it is a wonderful honor for Nicole and for our track and field program.”   

Named Field Athlete of the Meet, Luckenbach had a career-best mark of 65-9 to win the weight throw and set a new fieldhouse record at the Big Sky Conference Championships in Bozeman, Mont. She broke the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse record of 62-6 set by Northern Arizona's Anna Soderburg in 1996.

Luckenbach's mark also broke her own school record that she set earlier this season with a throw of 61-11 3/4 to meet the NCAA provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships. That effort broke the school record of 60-9 1/2 set in 2002 by Jamie Martin and earned Luckenbach Big Sky Conference Field Athlete of the Week honors.

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