February 7, 2009

Three Eagles Qualify for Big Sky Championships

Feb. 7, 2009

Ben Cogdill set a school record in the pole vault as the Eastern Washington University track and field teams competed at the Runner’s Soul Open Saturday (Feb. 7) in Moscow, Idaho. In addition, five Eagles met automatic qualifying berths to the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships later this month.

Cogdill had a mark of 16-8 to break Eastern’s 20-year-old school record in the pole vault previously held by Todd Freitag with a mark of 16-5 in 1989. A Portland State University transfer from Estacada, Ore., Cogdill also won the pole vault with a mark of 15-9 at Friday’s (Feb. 6) Vandal Indoor Invitational.

Kurt Williams qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships in the 60 meters with a time of 7.05 to finish second. Cody Irby qualified for the conference championships in the weight throw with a mark of 53-3 1/2 to finish sixth.

In addition, David Howard had a personal-best mark of 53-9 to finish second in the shot put.

On the women’s side, Sarah Frey qualified for the BSC Championships in the 400 meters with a time of 57.95 to finish second. Amber Nickelson qualified for the conference championships in the 5,000 with a time of 18:32.90 to finish sixth. Brianna Okoro quaified for the BSC Championships in the long jump with a mark of 18-2 1/2 to finish second.

Also, Nicole Luckenbach won the women’s weight throw with an effort of 58-11 1/2 to rank second on Eastern’s all-time best list behind the school-record mark of 60-9 1/2 set by Jaime Martin in 2002. She won the weight throw at Friday’s Vandal Indoor with a throw of 56-3.

Also at the 34th annual Vandal Indoor Invitational, Krystal Deyo won the 60 meters with a time of 7.69 to rank third on Eastern’s all-time best list behind the time of Angel Davis 7.68 and school-record of 7.67 set by Celeste Stutheit in 1999.

The Eagles will compete in Seattle, Wash., at the Husky Classic Saturday (Feb. 14) and the UW Open Sunday (Feb. 15).

For complete meet results from the Runner’s Soul Open: http://www.govandals.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90757&SPID=10991&DB_OEM_ID=17100&ATCLID=3665190

For complete meet results from the Vandal Indoor: http://www.govandals.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90757&SPID=10991&DB_OEM_ID=17100&ATCLID=3664656

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