Long Places Fourth in the Big Sky 200

March 1, 2008

Shannon Long of Eastern Washington University finished fourth in the 200 meters to highlight the final day for the Eagles at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships (Feb. 29- March 1) in Pocatello, Idaho.

Eastern's men finished seventh with 21 points and the women were eighth with 34. Sacramento State won the men's and women's team titles.

Long had a time of 25.01 to move her into second in school history. The transfer from Community College of Spokane ranks only behind Joyce Rainwater with a 23.82 time in 1995 when she won the BSC title in the 200.

Also on Saturday, Nicole Luckenbach placed fifth as she had a career-best weight throw of 55-7 3/4 to rank her third in school history. Teammate Erica Chaney finished ninth with a throw of 51-9 3/4.

Other women scorers Saturday included Mattie Bridgmon, who was fifth in the 3,000 (10:03.39) a day after winning the 5,000-meter title. Eastern's 4x400 relay was eighth (3:55.99).

Also competing Saturday for the Eagle women were Chelsi Friese (11th in the pole vault, 10-11 3/4) and Shene Davis (12th in the triple jump, 36-8 1/4).

Leading Eastern's men team Saturday was Curtis Suver with a fifth-place finish in the 3,000. He had a time of 8:28.24 a day after placing third in the 5,000. Also placing fifth was Adam Stewart in the high jump (6-6 3/4).

Other Eastern men's scorers Saturday included Kyle Ulrey, who finished sixth in the 400 with a time of 49.11 and Alex Smyth, who was seventh in the mile with a time of 4:20.60.

Also Eastern's 4x400 relay was eighth (3:23.18). In the heptathlon, Kersee Lind finished ninth overall with 4,516 points to rank third in school history while teammate Brandon Lattin finished 12th with 3,819.

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