April 19, 2008
Mattie Bridgmon and Paul Limpf of the Eastern Washington University track and field teams qualified for the NCAA West Regional Championships this weekend as the Eagles competed in three different meets.
Athletes competed in the 50th Annual Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. (April 17-20), the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. (April 19) and the Duane Hartman Invitational in Spokane, Wash. (April 19). Results from the Beach Invitational were not available as of late Saturday evening.
At the 50th Annual Mt. Sac Relays, Bridgmon set a new school record in the 5,000 meters with a winning time of 16:47.65 to break Kari McKay's record of 16:57.71 set in 1992. Bridgmon's time qualifies her for the Big Sky Conference Championships and the NCAA West Regional.
Limpf qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and BSC Championships in the 5,000 with a time of 14:09.32. He ranks second in school history behind school record-holder Bob Maplestone's time of 14:09.0 set in 1972.
Curtis Suver and Camille Moseley qualified for the BSC Championships in the 1,500. Suver had a time of 3:52.89, while Moseley's time of 4:35.42 is a personal best and ranks her fourth in school history.
Eastern's top finishers at the Duane Hartman Invitational included Crystal Williams (100m/13:02/2nd), Kiri Garruto (5,000m/18:19.31/1st), Amber Nickelson (5,000m/18:22.30/2nd), Kaelin Price (100m hurdles/17.09/2nd) and Andrew Marks (3,000m steeplechase/10:26.49/1st).
At the California Invitational multi-events competition (April 16-17), Brandon Lattin finished 19th out of 23 athletes with a point total of 5,457 in the men's decathlon. In the women's heptathlon Jessica Duran finished 22nd out of 34 competitors with a combined two-day total of 4,198.