May 15, 2010

School Record in 4x100 Helps Eastern Women To a Best-Ever Finish

Brianna Okoro and record-breaking Brad Wall also win titles as both the men and women place fourth at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Eastern Washington University won a trio of titles -- including a school record in the 4x100-meter relay -- as the Eagle women finished a best-ever fourth at the final day of the 2010 Big Sky Conference / Weber State Credit Union Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday (May 15) in Ogden, Utah.

Brianna Okoro won the women’s 200-meter title and Brad Wall triumphed in the men’s 400 meters with a school record time as 11 more Eagles earned All-Big Sky honors by finishing in the top three in their respective events. Including six on Friday, that brought the total to 17 the number of top-three marks the Eagles had at the meet.

The Eagle women scored 102 points, eclipsing its previous high of 79 points set in 1999 when EWU finished sixth. That was EWU’s previous best finish, which has occurred on seven occasions. Sacramento State won the women’s team title with 145 points. Runner-up was Northern Arizona (109) followed by third-place Montana (103).  

The Eastern men placed fourth with 93 points, trailing winner Weber State (176.5), runner-up Northern Arizona (171) and third-place Sacramento State (130).

The 4x100 relay team, consisting of Sarah Frey, Okoro, Shene Davis and Whitney Leavitt, finished with a time of 45.31 to edge Portland State (45.99). The previous school record of 45.93 was set in 1994 by Nakia Walker, Christian White, Chundranae Nicholson and Joyce Rainwater.

Okoro had a winning time in the 200 of 24.32, a personal best that ranks fourth in school history. She also placed third in the 100 to earn All-Big Sky honors in that event as well, finishing with a time of 12.01.

Leavitt finished seventh in the 100 meters (12.24) and seventh in the 200 meters (25.35). Davis finished eighth in the 100 meters (12.40) and seventh in the triple jump (38-5 3/4).

Frey helped Eastern’s cause with a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 1:00.77. Frey also finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 14.12.

Wall won the 400 with a time of 46.67 to break the school record time of 47.05 set in 1988 by Hogan Wrixon. Teammate Chad Butorac placed third in the 400 meters with a time of 47.37. Butorac also earned All-Big Sky honors by placing second in the 200 with a time of 21.56 and Wall was seventh with a time of 21.96.

Other Eagles earning All-Big Sky honors on Saturday included the men’s 4x100 relay (third, 41.46), men’s 4x400 meters (second, 3:13.41), David Howard in the discus (third, 166-2) and Erica Chaney in the shot put (third, 48-7 1/2).

Other Eagles who finished in the top eight included Chelsi Friese (fourth, pole vault, 12-2 3/4), Armand Hopkins (fifth, triple jump, 46-4 1/4), Steven Warner (fifth, 110m-hurdles, 14.60), Ashley Stabl (fifth, 400m-hurdles, 1:02.45), Alex Smyth (seventh, 1,500m, 3:58.52), Paul Limpf (seventh, 5,000m, 15:01.92), Stephen Praast (seventh, triple jump, 46-0 1/4) and Mari Bingham (seventh, shot put 46-4 3/4).

The top 48 competitors on the NCAA Division I West list will compete at the NCAA West Regionals in Austin, Texas, on May 27-29.

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