March 17, 2007
The Eastern Washington University track and field team completed the first outdoor meets of the season this weekend in Spokane, led by Chad Butorac with first-place finishes in the 200 and 400.
Most of the track and field team competed March 16-17 at the Dusty Lane Invitational at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Wash. Chad Butorac (sophomore, Northport, Wash.) led the men's team with first place finishes in the 200 (22.09) and in the 400 (48.84). Butorac finished third at last years Big Sky Conference Championships in the 400.
Senior Sarah Hegna (Arlington, Wash.) qualified for the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships with a vault of 11-9 3/4, to place first. The BSC qualifying mark is 11-3. Hegna was second in the pole vault at last year's outdoor championships.
Valerie Bertsch (junior, Hermiston, Ore.) threw a personal best in the hammer throw with a throw of 157-5 to place her tenth all-time in school history.
The multi-event athletes competed at the 2nd Annual Whitworth Multi Event Invite at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. (March 15-16). Jessica Duran (freshman, Kent, Wash.) finished first in the heptathlon with 4,427 points, to rank third all-time in school history. She placed first in the shot put (38-7 1/2), 200 (25.98) and in the long jump (16-8 1/2) on the way to that total.
On the men's side in the multi-events, sophomore Steven Bacon (Olympia, Wash.) finished second in the decathlon with 5,593 points. He finished first in three of the decathlon events: long jump (21-0 1/2), high jump (6-2 1/4) and the javelin (138-11).
The Eagles have next weekend off for finals and spring break and return to action at the Al Manuel Invitational in Missoula, Mont. on March 31. Eastern will then host the 36th Annual Pelluer Invitational at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash., on April 6.