Davis’ All-Conference Performance Breaks School Record at Big Sky Championships

Keisa Monterola and Robin Taylor finish first and second, respectively, in the pole vault

Shene Davis wanted to end her senior season in style, and she did just that.

The graduate from Selah High School broke the school record in the triple jump, posting a distance of 40-6 1/4 at the 2012 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships in Bozeman, Mont. Davis finished second in the event, earning her all-conference honors. The record was originally set last season by Morena Mannucci with a distance of 39-7. Davis also placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 18-7 1/4.

Davis, who was named EWU’s Scholar-Athlete of the month for May, also earned all-conference honors at the indoor championships after placing second in the long jump.

“Shene’s performance was fantastic,” said women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “She did a great job and I couldn’t be more pleased and happy for her. It’s good to see her back on top.”

Keisa Monterola is the new conference champion in the outdoor pole vault after a jump of 13-7 1/4. The jump broke the meet record of 13-2 3/4 set in 2010 by Sacramento State’s Elizabeth Norvell. Monterola was also crowned conference champion during the indoor season. Robin Taylor also jumped 13-7 1/4 earning a second place finish and all-conference honors of her own.

Michelle Coombs, the 2009 conference champion in the javelin, placed second with a throw of 151-6. Also, Elise Jepsen earned her first all-conference honor as she finished third in the high jump with a mark of 5-6.

The women’s 4x400 relay team broke the school record in the event after a sixth-place finish with a time of 3:47.14. The team consisted of Nicole Nida, Chelsea Lawhead, Whitney Leavitt and Angelica Rodriguez. The previous record was set in 2011, in a time of 3:47.43.

Other women scorers included Mari Bingham (5th in shot put, 45-9 1/4), Leavitt (7th in 200, 25.44) and the women’s 4x100 (7th, 46.94).

The women finished eighth overall with 62 points. Sacramento State won with 173.

On the men’s side, Kyle King continued to bring in honors, as his third-place finish in the 5,000 (14:54.24) earned him all-conference status a day after he won the 10,000.

“Kyle put his experience to use this weekend,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr. “The Big Sky is arguably amongst the top distance programs in the country, so his performances are no small feat. He really sharpened his skills and showed that with those skills and patience he can win in this conference.”

Steven Warner earned all-conference in the 110 hurdles, as he placed third with a time of 14.52. Tim Armstrong was in the same event and finished eighth in 15.09. Warner was crowned conference champion in the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor championships.

Brad Michael was the third and final EWU men’s athlete to earn all-conference, as he finished third in the 400 in 47.28.

Both Zach Nielsen and Jon Buchanan placed in the hammer throw. Nielsen finished fourth with a distance of 183-4. Buchanan had a mark of 177-7 for a seventh place finish in the event.

Other men’s scorers included Armon Blackwell (4th in 400 hurdles, 53.54), Kramer Green (8th in 400 hurdles, 54.54), Phillip Puccino (4th in the triple jump, 46-0 3/4), 4x100 relay (6th, 41.81) and the 4x400 relay (5th, 3:17.47).

Reigning outdoor champion in the 100, Michael Okoro, injured his hamstring during the event and finished eighth. He was also seeded in the 200, but the injury prevented him from participating.

Overall, the men finished in sixth place with a team score of 70. Northern Arizona was first with 221 points.

“The individual performances really shined in this meet with our all-conference performers,” said Kerr. “Everyone, on an individual level, did very well today.”

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