January 23, 2012

Eagles Head Back to Seattle for UW Team Invitational

Last chance for Tim Armstrong Warren Miller to qualify in heptathlon

The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to Seattle, Wash., for the UW Team Invitational on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 27-28).

 “It’s a more exclusive meet to get into – it’s more restricted,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr. “If you look at the meet’s history, the marks set here are better than average. We know we have to be ready to compete at a level that we haven’t competed at yet this year. Our athletes are ready to do that; we’re looking for an elevated set of performances across the board.

“This is a venue that will have great competition,” Kerr added. “The field is much deeper than anything else this year. It’s a very motivating thing for a coach and the athletes to go over there and take people on in that regard.”

The meet will be the last chance for Tim Armstrong and Warren Miller to qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championships in the heptathlon, since the event won’t be held again until the championships. Kersee Lind, the school record holder in the heptathlon, has already qualified. The conference championships are in Flagstaff, Ariz., Feb. 24-25.

Nonetheless, Kerr is excited to see what the Eagles can do now that they’re back in their rhythm. After Eastern opened up the season in December at the Candy Cane Invitational, they didn’t compete again until Jan. 14 at the UW Indoor Preview. Now the Eagles have a scheduled competition until the end of the indoor season.

“We went into the UW Indoor Preview after a five-week break over winter,” he said. “Now, we’ve had the Preview and an additional two weeks to practice. We’ve been able to meet our goals in the weight room and in training. We’re ready to compete at a very high level.

“Everyone knows where they stand in the conference,” Kerr added. “They can use this meet to improve their conference position, or maintain a firm grip on their current placing.”

Previous Meet - UW Indoor Preview

Men’s Big Sky Conference Championship Qualifiers

Michael Okoro – 55-meter dash – 6.48

Steven Warner – 55-meter hurdles – 7.72

Steven Warner – 60-meter hurdles – 8.28

Michael Okoro – 200-meter run – 21.90

Brad Wall – 400-meter run – 48.60

Kyle King – 1-mile – 4:12.2

Cody Fishel – high jump – 6-08

C.J. Wright – high jump – 6-06 3/4

Zach Nielsen – weight throw – 56-10 3/4

Marlyn Anderson – shot put – 51-9

Marlyn Anderson – weight throw – 52-4 1/2

Jon Buchanan – shot put – 52-2 1/2

Kersee Lind – heptathlon – 5,132

Women’s Big Sky Conference Championship Qualifiers

Michelle Coombs – 55-meter hurdles – 8.70

Shene Davis – triple jump – 37-09 ½

Shene Davis – long jump – 18-6

Morena Mannucci – triple jump – 38-0

Keisa Monterola – pole vault – 13-11 1/4

Robin Taylor – pole vault – 11-05 3/4

 
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