Eagles Leave Idaho with Improved Marks

Big Sky Conference Championships to begin on Wednesday

With the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships starting next week, the Eastern Washington University Eagles traveled down to Moscow, Idaho, for the Vandal Jamboree -- the last chance for Eagle athletes to improve on their conference marks.

"It was very cold and windy in Idaho," said men's head coach Stan Kerr. "The head-wind hurt more than the tail-wind helped. But I appreciated the effort and the attitude people put into the meet. Each athlete came in and did their best."

Nick Stearns, a freshman was an all-conference pole vaulter indoors, ran a time of 15.88 in the 110 hurdles. The mark was his season best.

Jasmine Stray, who didn't reach 150 feet in the hammer throw until this year, had a toss of 151-0. It was the fourth time she has eclipsed 150 feet this season. She is currently ranked 13th in the Big Sky.

"Jasmine looked good," said women's head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. "She's hitting her stride as we're heading into the conference championships."

The 2012 Big Sky Conference Championships will kick off in Bozeman, Mont., starting on Wednesday (May 9) with the combined events. The rest of the track and field events will be held Friday and Saturday.

"This meet in Idaho was just the last chance for the team to improve," said Mecklenburg. "It's going to help them stay sharp for the championships."

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