Lind and Monterola set records, as thirteen total athletes qualify for Big Sky Conference Championships in February
The Eastern Washington University track and field season started off with two new school records at the fourth-annual Candy Cane Invitational in Cheney, Wash., at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse on Saturday (Dec. 3). Senior Kersee Lind broke his own record in the men’s heptathlon, while junior Keisa Monterola became the record holder in the women’s pole vault.
Lind broke his original school record of 5,033, which he set in 2010, with a mark of 5,132. His score has qualified him for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., in February.
Monterola, a transfer from Clackamas Community College, reached a height of 13-11 1/4. The original school record was set by Sarah Hegna (13-4 1/2) in 2007. Monterola also qualified for the conference championships.
Eleven other Eagle athletes qualified for the championships, including sophomore Jon Buchanan and junior Marlyn Anderson in the men’s shot put with throws of 52-2 1/2 and 51-9, respectively. Sophomore Michael Okoro qualified in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.48 seconds.
Other men to qualify were Steven Warner in the 55-meter hurdles (7.72), Cody Fishel in the high jump (6-08), C.J. Wright in the high jump (6-06 3/4)and Zach Nielsen in the weight throw (56-10 3/4).
Senior Shene Davis qualified in both the long jump (18-6) and triple jump (37-09 1/2). Other qualifiers were Michelle Coombs in the 55-meter hurdles (8.70), Robin Taylor in the pole vault (11-05 3/4) and Morena Mannucci in the triple jump (38-0).
The season opening meet was a dual contest between Eastern and the University of Montana. The men defeated the Grizzlies with a team score of 53-36, as the women won 54-39.
Eastern’s next track meet will be Jan. 13-14 in Seattle, Wash., for the UW Preview.