Deyo Sets Meet Record at 40th Pelluer Invitational

Senior from Castle Rock ends her nine-year run at Roos Field by breaking her own mark

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Competing in her ninth and final season at Roos Field (formerly Woodward Field) in Cheney, Wash., senior Krystal Deyo broke her own meet record in the women's 100 meters to highlight the 40th Annual Pelluer Invitational Track and Field Meet Friday (April 29).

Eastern athletes won 14 of the 34 individual events in Friday's non-scoring competition. The Eagles met seven more qualifying standards for the upcoming Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships, including five for the women and two for the men. The league meet takes place May 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif.

A 2006 graduate of Castle Rock (Wash.) High School, Deyo competed four years in the WIAA State 2A Championships, which took place at EWU. She has competed the past five seasons for Eastern, with a trio of All-Big Sky Conference accolades (top three finish at BSC Championships) and two school records on her resume.

She had a winning time on Friday of 11.97, breaking her previous record of 11.99 set in 2009. Deyo, who also finished second in the long jump with a leap of 18-6, ranks fourth in school history in the 100 (11.90 in 2009) and owns the school record in the long jump (19-8 1/4 in 2009).

Freshman Olivia Midles recorded a season best with a mark of 182-3 in the hammer to rank third all-time in school history. Her four-foot improvement from her previous high (178-0) helped her to a Pelluer victory by more than 15 feet.

Also in the hammer, senior Erica Chaney was third with a throw of 160-11 to help her qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championships. She had already qualified in the discus and shot put, and won both of those events on Friday. She had a winning throw of 151-1 in the discus and 50-2 3/4 in the shot.

Robin Taylor met the qualifying standard in the pole vault, finishing second with an effort of 11-1 3/4 which ranks eighth in school history.

Sophomore Whitney Leavitt won the 200 with a season-best time of 25.14 to qualify her for the league championships.

Junior Ashley Stabl had a runner-up time of 1:02.60 in the 400-meter hurdles to meet the qualifying standard in that event. Another new qualifier for the Eagles was Taymussa Miller, who finished fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-3.

Stephanie Dye had a season-best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placing second with a time of 11:37.00 to rank fifth in school history.

Eastern's women's 4x400 relay team capped the day with a second-place performance, recording a time of 3:51.43 that ranks third in school history. The team consisted of Chelsea Lawhead, Angelica Rogriguez, Nicole Nida and Lauren Matthews.

For the Eastern men, Aaron Mettler had a personal best in the javelin throw with a winning toss of 224-3 to remain ranked fourth in school history. He won the 2008 and 2009 Big Sky javelin titles and was runner-up a year ago.

Jordan Arakawa finished second in the hammer throw with a personal record of 196-3. His previous best was 191-7 3/4 as he moved up four places on EWU's all-time best list to fifth. He placed second Friday behind former Eagle David Paul, who had a throw of 219-5, but holds the school and Big Sky Conference record with a mark 226-2.

Adam Stewart had a personal best in the high jump with a winning leap of 6-9 3/4 to move into 10th all-time at Eastern.

In the men's 1,500 meters, Eastern took four of the first five places, including winner Simon Sorenson with a time of 3:58.14.

Austin Viktor made his Eastern debut in the 110-meter hurdles, winning with a time of 15.02 to qualify him for the Big Sky Conference Championships. Another new qualifier was Michael Okoro with a winning time of 10.80 in the 100.

A new meet and stadium record was set in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase by Rhianna Grossman. Her winning time of 11:11.33 broke the previous record of 11:26.38 set by Montana's Kelly Rice in the 2002 Pelluer Invitational.

Montana's women's 4x400 relay also set a meet record with a 3:49.55 clocking, breaking the previous record of 3:50.02 set by Washington in 2001.



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