April 22, 2012

Eagles Nab Four More Qualifiers in Trio of California Meets

Kersee Lind and Tim Armstrong hit conference standard in season’s first decathlon

The Eastern Washington University track and field team finished off a busy week in California eight personal records and four more Big Sky Conference qualifying marks.

The Eagles competed in the Mt. Sac Relays, Cal State LA Twilight and the Long Beach Invitational.

“It was very hot,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr. “It was quite the transition from Cheney weather, but the team did a great job. Regardless of how tired they were, once they got to the starting line their focus and experience kicked in.”

Shene Davis hit a personal record in the long jump with a mark of 19-6 1/4, good for third in school history.

Mari Bingham hit a personal record in the discus with a toss of 151-6, which puts her seventh all-time in Eastern history.

The Eagles also saw four more athletes qualify for the upcoming conference championships, as both Kersee Lind and Tim Armstrong met the conference standard in the decathlon of 6,000. Lind broke his personal record with a score of 6,735, which keeps him at second in school history. Warren Miller barely missed the qualifying mark, as he hit 5,971. However, Miller did qualify for the high jump with a mark of 6-5.

The last qualifier was Stephanie Dye, who broke her personal record in the steeplechase by nearly 17 seconds, with a time of 11:17.32. The time places her fourth all time in Eastern history.

Stephen Warner also hit a personal best in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.59. He currently sits sixth in Eastern history.

Other athletes who reached personal-best marks include Nick Stearns (pole vault, 15-4) and Phillip Puccino (triple jump, 45-3 1/2). The men’s short relay (43.95) and the women’s short relay (47.33) also hit season bests.

“Everyone is consistent at getting better,” said head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg.

“This trip was designed to focus on single events,” said Kerr. “We really wanted to highlight our individuals, and it worked well especially with the support from teammates.”

The Eagles will be hosting the 41st annual Pelluer Invitational this Friday.

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