March 28, 2009
Paul Limpf broke a 30-year-old school record in the 10,000 meters and the trio of Amanda Peterson, Bonnie Berscheid and Nicole Luckenbach qualified for the NCAA West Regionals as the Eastern Washington University track and field teams competed Friday and Saturday (March 27-28) at the Stanford University Invitational in Stanford, Calif.
Limpf had a time of 29:45.89 to break the previous record of 29:48.6 set by Rick Adams in 1978. Limpf, who also qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships with his mark at Stanford, had a previous personal-best time of 29:57.13 in 2008.
Another school record was set by Luckenbach, who qualified for the league championships and the NCAA West Regionals in the hammer with a throw of 182-10 to win that event at Stanford. That mark also broke the school record of 182-8 set by Julie Nielson in 2001.
Berscheid qualified for regionals and the BSC Championships in the discus with a mark of 155-9. The two-time defending champ in that event, she was two feet shy of her career-best mark of 157-11 set in 2008 that ranks her second in school history behind Carolee Gutierrez with a throw of 160-9 in 2007.
Peterson qualified for the conference championships and regionals in the javelin with a throw of 149-8. Teammate Michelle Coombs qualified for the BSC Championships with a throw of 141-6.
Chelsi Friese qualified for the conference championships in the pole vault with a mark of 12-1 1/2 to tie her career best and rank third in school history.
Krystal Deyo qualified for the conference championships in the 100 meters with a time of 12.20 in the prelims and went on to finish eighth in the finals with a time of 12.25. She also finished ninth in the long jump with a mark of 18-1.
Also for the men, Alex Smyth qualified for the conference championships in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:32.86 to rank to eighth in school history. Ben Cogdill qualified for the conference championships in the pole vault with a mark of 16-0 3/4 to rank third in school history.
Qualifying for the Big Sky Conference Championships in the field events included Cameron Moore (triple jump, 47-0 3/4), Cody Irby (javelin, 199-6), John Clevenger (javelin, 195-9) and Aaron Mettler (javelin, 199-3).
The Eagles will compete next weekend at the Al Manuel Invitational in Missoula, Mont., on April 3-4.