Seven Eagles Qualify for Big Sky Conference Championships

April 11, 2008

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Nicole Luckenbach of the Eastern Washington University track and field team qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and broke the meet record in the hammer at the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational in Cheney, Wash., on April 11. Seven other EWU athletes qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships.

In men's team scoring, Eastern beat Montana 99 1/2 -95 1/2, Idaho 96-93 and Gonzaga 131-14. The Eagle women beat Gonzaga 119-26 and Idaho 98-68 and lost to Montana 105-87.

Other men's team scores from the meet included Montana defeating Idaho (101-88) and Gonzaga (129-14), and Idaho defeating Gonzaga (115-21). Women's team scoring included Montana defeating Gonzaga (137-20) and Idaho (106-68) and Idaho defeating Gonzaga (86-28).

Luckenbach, a sophomore from Mill Creek, Wash., qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in the hammer with a throw of 178-4 to rank third in school history. She broke the meet record of 177-7 set by Eastern's Jamie Martin in 2002. Luckenbach had already qualified for the BSC Championships with her throw of 175-5 at the Al Manual Invitational April 5.

Shene Davis and Mattie Bridgmon qualified for the BSC Championships in their respective events. Davis qualified in the triple jump with an effort of 37-5 1/4 to finish second in that event. Bridgmon qualified in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:40.88 to win that event. She ranks ninth in school history.

Other Eastern individual victories were recorded by Amanda Peterson in the javelin (148-6) and Shannon Long in the 200 (25.73). Eastern's 4x400 relay won with a time of 3:57.23.

Mallory LaPlante finished second in the discus with a throw of 140-10. She already qualified for championships with a throw of 136-0 at the Dusty Lane Invitational (March 14).

On the men's side, five Eagles qualified for the Championships, including Mike Uhlenkott in the pole vault with a jump of 15-7. He currently ranks fifth in school history with a vault of 16-0 3/4 in 2005.

Geoff Penrod and Armand Hopkins qualified in the long jump. Penrod finished second in the meet with a jump of 22-11 3/4. Hopkins finished fourth with a jump of 22-9 1/4 and fifth in the triple jump with a jump of 46-9.

Chad Butorac qualified in the 400 meters with a time of 48.27 to win the event. He currently ranks second in school history with a time of 47.19 set in 2007. He also won the 200 with a time of 21.8.

Adam Stewart qualified in the high jump with a jump of 6-7 to finish third in his event.

Other men's winners in the Pelluer Invitational included Curtis Suver in the 1,500 (3:56.54) and the men's 4x400 relay (3:20.57).

The Eagles will split its squad next week, with athletes competing at the Mt Sac. Relays (April 17-20), the Beach Invitational (April 19) in Long Beach, Calif., and the Duane Hartman Invitational (April 19) in Spokane.

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