May 1, 2009

Aaron Mettler Qualifies for NCAA West Regionals

May 1, 2009

Krystal Deyo set a new school record in the long jump as the Eastern Washington University track and field teams competed Friday (May 1) in Cheney, Wash., at the 38th Annual Pelluer Invitational. Deyo, Aaron Mettler (javelin) and Chelsi Friese (pole vault) qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in the annual meet at Woodward Field.

Deyo set a new school record in the long jump and qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships and the NCAA West Regionals with a mark of 19-8 1/4. She broke the previous school record of 19-1 1/2 set by Cristi Horning in 2000. Teammate Shene Davis also qualified for the conference championships in the long jump with a jump of 18-8 to rank sixth in school history.

Friese qualified for the regional championships in the pole vault. She had a personal best mark of 12-7 1/2 to rank third in school history.

Brianna Okoro qualified for the BSC Championships in the high jump with a mark of 5-3 1/4. Teammate Olivia Johnston qualified for the conference championships in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.85.

On the men’s side, Mettler qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in the javelin with a throw of 213-2. That throw ranks him sixth in school history.

Nick Mundell qualified for the conference championships in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.69.

Eastern’s men and women both swept Gonzaga and Seattle University in dual-meet scoring. The men beat Gonzaga 131-19 and Seattle 118-62, while the women beat Gonzaga 122-19 and Seattle 120-52. Seattle defeated Gonzaga’s women 79-16 and the men 73-18.

Two Pelluer Invitational records were set by unattached athletes. Mykael Bothum set a new record in the women’s shot put with a mark of 52-5 1/2. She broke the previous record of 49-2 1/4 set by Jill Wimer of Idaho in 1997. Christie Gordon equaled the meet record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.92, tying her with Seville Broussard of Eastern Washington in 1999.

The Eagles will compete Saturday (May 9) at the Vandal Jamboree in Moscow, Idaho, before heading to the Big Sky Conference Championships in Missoula, Mont., on May 13-16.

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