Candy Cane Invitational provides early-season checkpoint for Eagles
The Eastern Washington University indoor track and field teams beat the Grizzlies of Montana at the Third Annual Candy Cane Invitational, hosted by Eastern Friday and Saturday (3-4).
Friday’s competition presented the women’s pentathlon and day one of the men’s heptathlon, where two of Eastern’s true freshman stood out.
Freshman KayLeigh Barnitz placed second overall, behind Montana’s Lindsey Hall (3687) in the pentathlon, scoring 2890 points. Her best event was the 55-meter hurdles, where she crossed the finish line at 8.94.
Freshman Thomas Kassa had an impressive first day in the heptathlon, sitting in first place overall after four of seven events. Kassa’s best event was the 55-meter dash, as he ran a time of 6.63 and scored 837 points. Kassa set a new meet record in the long jump, marking a jump of 22-1 1/4. Kassa finished fifth overall, while teammate Tim Armstrong finished fourth.
Other finishers in the pentathlon were sophomores Taymussa Miller (2830) and Liz Cobb (2823), who placed third and fourth, respectively.
Saturday’s competition highlighted Eastern’s field events and straight-away events.
Junior Brad Wall finished first overall in the 55-meter dash, finishing in 6.60, followed by teammates Nick Olsson and Zach Robinson placed third and fourth, respectively.
Sophomore Whitney Leavitt took the women’s 55-meter dash, running a time of 7.33, followed by Kanisha Calcote (7.49), who placed third and Brianna Okoro (7.53), who placed fourth.
Sophomore Steven Warner prevailed in the 55-meter hurdles, placing first overall with a time of 7.81.
Redshirt freshman Jon Buchanan won the shot put with the heave of 50-6 1/4, and placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 48-9. Zach Nielsen won the weight throw with a throw a 53-3 1/2.
Senior Erica Chaney was a double winner today, as she won the weight throw (52-1 3/4) and the shot put (44-8 1/4).
Sophomore Chloe Hall finished second overall in the women’s pole vault, improving her personal best by six inches, jumping 11-5 3/4. Sophomore Rachel Jordan finished third with a vault of 11 feet.
Senior Krystal Deyo won the long jump competition and had a jump of 18-5, just ahead of teammate Okoro who had a leap of 18-2.
In the men’s high jump competition, senior Stephen Praast placed first overall, clearing the bar at 6-7.
Senior Kurt Williams won the long jump with a mark of 22-1, trailed by teammate Andre Moore, who jumped 21-8. The two men changed roles in the triple jump, as Moore placed first (45-10) and Williams placed second (44-5).
The Eagle men defeated Montana 52-38 and the women won 50-41.
Big Sky Conference qualifying standards have not yet been finalized and will be released soon.