Eagles in Second as Adam Stewart and David Howard Win Big Sky Titles

Feb. 27, 2009

Adam Stewart and David Howard of the Eastern Washington University track and field team won their respective events Friday (Feb. 27) on the first day of the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz. In addition, Krystal Deyo and Shene Davis broke school records to highlight performances by EWU women’s competitors.

The two titles helped the Eastern men’s team close Friday’s first day in second place with 40 1/2 points, ranking behind behind leader Northern Arizona with 55. The EWU women are in fifth with 29 points as NAU leads with 50 1/2 points. The meet concludes Saturday (Feb. 28).

Stewart, a sophomore from Yakima, Wash., won the high jump with a mark of 6-8 1/4. His previous best jump this season of 6-7 ranked him sixth in the Big Sky coming into this event. Teammate Stephen Praast finished third with a mark of 6-6 1/4 and Matt Pfeifer finished 10th with an effort of 6-4 1/4.

Howard, a junior from Spokane, Wash., won the shot put with a throw of 57-4 3/4. That mark ranks him third in school history behind the 57-10 mark of Roy Martin and the school-record of 59-1 3/4 set by Chris Benson in 1986. Howard’s teammate Brody Faire finished eighth in Flagstaff with a mark of 50-1 1/4.

Armand Hopkins capped the outstanding first day by EWU’s men by finishing third in the long jump to earn All-Big Sky honors (top three finish). He had a mark of 23-9, and teammate Kurt Williams was sixth with an effort of 23-5 1/2.

On the women’s side, Chelsi Friese also earned All-Big Sky honors by finishing second in the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 12-11 1/2. That mark ranks her second in school history behind Sarah Hegna’s mark of 13-4 1/2 set in 2007. Montana State senior Ellie Rudy won her seventh Big Sky pole vault title (indoors and outdoors) with an effort of 13-4 1/4.

Deyo set a new school record in the long jump with a leap of 19-2 3/4 as she finished fourth. She broke the previous record of 19-0 set by Taneka Sauls in 1998. Teammate Brianna Okoro finished a quarter-inch behind Deyo in fifth with a mark of 19-2 1/2 to now rank second in school history behind Deyo.

Davis tied Eastern’s school record in the 60 meters with a time of 7.67 in the preliminaries. She is tied with Celeste Stutheit, who originally set the record in 1999. Davis will get the chance to break that record on Saturday as a total of five Eastern men’s and women’s athletes advanced to the finals in running events after Friday’s prelims.

Also, Nicole Luckenbach finished fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 57-5 3/4 and Emily Jacobsen finished seventh with a throw of 54-2 1/2 to rank sixth in school history. Amber Nickelson was sixth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:55.91.

For more results and more meet information: http://nau.newtier.com/index.php?module=pnNews&tid=21&sid=863

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