Eagles Prepare for WAR IV Meet in Spokane

Eastern collaborates with seven other Washington universities to battle against teams from Idaho, Montana and Oregon on April 9.

The Eastern Washington University track and field team will partake in the Northwest Scoring Clash (WAR IV) at Spokane Falls Community College Saturday (April 9). The Eagles will join seven Washington colleges to compete against teams from Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

EWU, Washington State, Central Washington, Whitworth, Gonzaga, Seattle U, Seattle Pacific and Community Colleges of Spokane will combine to represent the Washington team, while Eastern Oregon, Treasure Valley, University of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene, Boise State, Lewis-Clark State, University of Montana and Great Falls University will represent the "world" team.

"The WAR meet has really evolved from a small meet to one that attracts a very competitive field," said head men's coach Stan Kerr. "I love the scoring aspect of it, which is something that has been missing from track and field in the past years."

Field events will begin Saturday at 9 a.m., with the men's hammer throw and women's discus. Running events will also start at 9 a.m., with the first of two sections of the women's 5,000 meters.

The Eagles attained four new Big Sky Conference qualifying marks April 2 at the Al Manuel Invitational in Missoula, Mont., where the women's team defeated Montana and Montana State. The men's team defeated Montana but was outscored by Montana State.

Freshman hammer throwers Olivia Midles and Jordan Arakawa both improved upon their previous season-best marks, while writing their names on EWU's all-time best list. Midles had a toss of 169-2 to place her seventh on the list while Arakawa's mark of 184-7 ranks him ninth all-time. Both athletes placed second in the competition.

Jon Buchanan and Vania Tauvela also hit Big Sky Conference qualifying marks in the hammer throw. Buchanan's throw of 166-3 earned the freshman a third-place finish, while Tauvela's mark of 159-2 earned her the third-place position in the women's competition.

Junior Stephanie Dye qualified in the 3,000 steeplechase, running a time of 11:39.41 after altitude adjustments. The time was a personal record by 20 seconds for Dye.

Previous Meet
April 2 – at Al Manuel Invitational – Missoula, Mont.
Results - http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/mont/sports/c-otrack/auto_pdf/11OD01.pdf

Upcoming Meet
April 9 - at Northwest Scoring Clash (WAR IV) – Spokane, Wash.
Meet Information - http://athletics.spokane.edu/Women_s_Track___Field/Meet-Info.aspx

 

Men's Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 11-14 - Sacramento, Calif.
First Round NCAA Championships – May 26-28 - Eugene, Ore.
NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships – June 8-11- Des Moines, Iowa

School Records Broken: None

Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 10 (New: One; Jon Buchanan in hammer throw)

400 Hurdles - 55.27 – Kersee Lind – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS '07)
High Jump – 6-6 – Adam Stewart – Yakima, Wash. (Davis HS '07)
Pole Vault – 15-5 – Efrain Sanchez – Toutle, Wash. (Toutle Lake HS '06)
Hammer Throw – 184-7 – Jordan Arakawa – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS '10)
Shot Put – 52-8 3/4 - Jon Buchanan – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS '09)
Shot Put – 52-2 3/4 - Marlyn Anderson – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS '09)
Javelin – 199-10 – Aaron Mettler – Walla Walla, Wash. (Walla Walla HS '07)
400 Meters – 47.88 – Brad Wall – Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS '08)
Triple Jump – 46-00 – Kurt Williams – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS '06)
Hammer Throw – 166-3 – Jon Buchanan – Yakima, Wash. (East Valley HS '09) 

Women's Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships – May 11-14 - Sacramento, Calif.
First Round NCAA Championships – May 26-28 - Eugene, Ore.
NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships – June 8-11- Des Moines, Iowa

School Records Broken: None

Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: Seven (New: Three; Tauvela in hammer throw, Dye in 3,000 steeplechase and Tank in javelin.)

Discus – 154-00 – Erica Chaney - Spokane, Wash (Gonzaga Prep '06)
Shot Put – 48-2 1/2 - Erica Chaney - Spokane, Wash (Gonzaga Prep '06)
Hammer Throw – 163-11 – Olivia Midles – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS '10)
100 Meters – 12.18 – Krystal Deyo – Castle Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock HS '06)
Hammer Throw – 159-2 – Vania Tauvela - Orting, Wash. (Orting HS '09)
Javelin Throw – 132-2 – Haley Tank - West Richland, Wash. (Hanford HS '09)
3,000 Steeplechase – 11:39.50 – Stephanie Dye – Chatteroy, Wash. (Riverside HS '08)

Season Notes

Big Sky Conference Preseason Polls

Voting is calculated with each team receiving nine points for a first place vote, eight points for a second place vote, etc. Coaches are allowed to vote for their respective teams. Below are the final results with the number of first place votes in parenthesis.    

Men's Poll 

Team, Points
Sacramento State (4) 75
Northern Arizona (3) 73
Weber State (2) 62
Montana State 55
Eastern Washington 43
Idaho State 36
Montana 33
Northern Colorado 16
Portland State 12

Women's Poll

Team, Points
Sacramento State (8) 80
Idaho State (1) 66
Montana 66
Weber State 52
Northern Arizona 46
Montana State 35
Portland State 27
Eastern Washington 24
Northern Colorado 9

Returning All-Big Sky Athletes
The following Eagle athletes have earned All-Big Sky Conference honors (top three finish) in previous Big Sky Conference track and field championships (indoors and outdoors):

Aaron Mettler - (2009 and 2008 Outdoor: Champion in javelin; 2010 Outdoor: 2nd in javelin)
Adam Stewart - (2010 Indoors: 2nd in high jump; 2009 Indoors: Champion in high jump; 2008 Outdoors: 3rd in high jump; 2010 Outdoors: 3rd in high jump)
Stephen Praast - (2009 Outdoors: Champion in high jump; 2009 Indoors: 3rd in high jump)
Brad Wall – (2010 Outdoors: Champion in 400; 2011 Indoors: Champion in 400)
Andre Moore – (2011 Indoors: 3rd in triple jump)
Kyle King – (2011 Indoors: Champion in 5,000, 3rd in 3,000)
Jonathan Buchanan – (2011 Indoors: 3rd in shot put)
4x400 Relay (2010 Outdoors: 2nd)

Chelsi Friese - (2009 Indoors: 2nd in pole vault)
Krystal Deyo - (2009 Outdoors: 2nd in 100 meters; 2009 Indoors: 2nd in 60 meters; 2011 Indoors: 2nd in long jump)
Erica Chaney - (2010 Indoors: 2nd in shot put; 2008 Indoors: 2nd in shot put; 2010 Outdoors: 2nd in discus, 3rd in shot put; 2011 Indoors: Champion in weight throw, 2nd in shot put)
Brianna Okoro - (2010 Outdoors: 3rd in 100, 3rd in long jump, Champion in 200)
4x100 Relay - (2009 Outdoors: Champion; 2010 Outdoors: Champion)

 

Top Season Performances

Stephanie Dye              Jr.                    (Chatteroy, Wash.)
Junior Stephanie Dye qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships in the 3,000 steeplechase, running a time of 11:39.41 after altitude adjustments at the Al Manuel Invitational (4/2/11). The time was a personal record by 20 seconds for Dye. She is seventh on EWU's all-time best list.

Olivia Midles                     Fr.           (Olympia, Wash.)
Freshman Olivia Midles qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships in the hammer throw in her first Eastern appearance at the Dusty Lane Open (3/19/11). She bettered her season-best mark at the Al Manuel Invitational (4/2/11) when she placed second with a mark of 169-2 to rank her seventh on EWU's all-time best list.

Erica Chaney                      Sr.           (Spokane, Wash.)
Erica Chaney won the elite section of the shot put with a mark of 48-2 1/2 at the Stanford Invitational (3/25/11) to qualify her for the conference championships. She is ranked second in the league standings.
In the same competition, Chaney placed second in the discus throw with a mark of 154 feet, which ranks her second in the league and qualified her for the championships. Chaney has earned All-Big Sky accolades seven total times in her career, including one win during the indoor season in the weight throw. Chaney broke the school record in the women's shot put this indoor season. Her mark of 51-7 surpassed the 20-year-old record of 50-11, which was set by Nancy Kuiper in 1991. Chaney's best outdoor mark of 49-4 1/4 is just inches away from the school record, which Kuiper also claims with a mark of 50-11.

Brad Wall                            Sr.           (Vancouver, Wash.)
Just a month after winning the Big Sky Conference indoor 400 with a new school-record time, Wall opened his outdoor season with a BSC qualifying time of 47.88 to win the event at the Stanford Invitational (3/25/11). The junior from Vancouver, Wash., is the school-record holder in the 400 meters with a time of 46.78, which he set last outdoor season when he won the event at the BSC Championships in Ogden, Utah. Wall won the 100-meter dash at the Al Manuel Invitational (4/2/11) with a time of 11.19 and anchored both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays to victories.

Aaron Mettler                   Sr.           (Walla, Walla, Wash.)
Aaron Mettler qualified for the BSC Championships in the javelin with a mark of 199-10 to place him fourth in the elite section of the Stanford Invitational (3/25/11). Mettler was the 2008 and 2009 Big Sky Conference champion in the javelin, and in 2010 he placed second.

Kersee Lind                        Jr.            (Hermiston, Ore.)
Junior Kersee Lind qualified for the conference championships in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.27 to place him second in the Dusty Lane Open (3/19/11). Lind holds the school record in the indoor heptathlon with 5,033 points and is second on the decathlon all-time best list with 6,611 points.

Adam Stewart                   Sr.           (Yakima, Wash.)
Senior Adam Stewart, the 2009 BSC indoor high jump champion, met the league's outdoor qualifying mark at the Dusty Lane Open (3/19/11), clearing a height of 6-6 to send him to the championships. He has had four All-Big Sky performances in his career.  

Jordan Arakawa                Fr.           (Olympia, Wash.)
Freshman Jordan Arakawa placed first in the hammer throw with a Big Sky Conference-qualifying mark of 177-10 at the Dusty Lane Open (3/19/11). He broke into Eastern's all-time best list at the Al Manuel Invitational (4/2/11) when he placed second in the hammer with a mark of 184-7.

Jon Buchanan                    Fr.           (Yakima, Wash.)
Freshman Jon Buchanan placed second in the shot put at the Dusty Lane Open (3/19/11) with a Big Sky-qualifying mark of 52-8 3/4. Buchanan qualified in the hammer throw at the Al Manuel Invitational (4/2/11) with a throw of 166-3 to place him third in the competition. He earned All-Big Sky accolades at the indoor championships when he placed third in the shot put with a mark of 52-6.

Links:
EWU Track and Field - http://goeags.com/sports/c-track/index
Big Sky Conference Men's Track and Field - http://www.bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?tab=outdoortrackandfield&path=motrack
Big Sky Conference Women's Track and Field - http://www.bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?tab=outdoortrackandfield2&path=wotrack
NCAA Track and Field - http://www.ncaa.com/sports/c-itrack/ncaa-c-itrack-body.html
Direct Athletics Performance List - http://www.directathletics.com/view_list.html
More Information and Links are Available at - HTTP://WWW.GOEAGS.COM

 

View: Mobile | Desktop