February 17, 2007

Eagles Fare Well in Final Meets Before Championship

Feb. 17, 2007

Adding to some impressive performances a night earlier by the Eastern Washington University men's and women's track and field teams, Crystal Williams and Jason Kirk picked up victories in the McDonald's Open Indoor Track and Field Meet Saturday (Feb. 17) at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.

Saturday's meet, as well as Friday's Vandal Indoor Invitational, were the final meets before Eastern heads for Bozeman, Mont., for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-24. The Eagles had three new qualifiers on the men's side on Friday, bringing the total of qualifying marks attained to 21. The women had one more new qualifier with a total of six qualifying marks met.

Friday's events were highlighted by a school-record pole vault by senior Sarah Hegna of 13-4 1/2. She placed third as she broke her own school record of 12-11 3/4 set last year when she was runner-up in the Big Sky both indoors and outdoors.

Other women's highlights included a winning weight throw by Carolee Gutierrez of 54-1 1/4 and a third-place finish in the discus with a mark of 144-6. Amanda Faire placed third in the shot put with a throw of 43-7 3/4 to qualify for the BSC Championships.

For the men, former Eagle All-Big Sky football player Brandon Keeler was the runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.38 that qualified him for the Big Sky Championships and also ranks third all-time in school history. L'Shawn Dennis (8.56) and Steven Bacon (8.65) also earned their way onto the top 10 list in that event.

Marcus Whitehead won the 400 meters at the Vandal Indoor with a time of 48.12 that ranks fourth in school history and was .01 better than his previous career best. Teammate Chad Butorac finished third with a season-best time of 48.83, ranking right behind his career best set in 2006 of 48.16.

Also, Corey Lehoskey was third in the weight throw with a throw of 57-11 that ranks eighth in school history. Lehoskey's mark, as well as Whitehead's 200-meter time of 22.24, met the Big Sky qualifying standard.

On Saturday, Williams won the women's 60 meters with a time of 8.01 while Kirk was victorious in the 400 with a 50.09 time. Runner-up finishes Saturday were recorded by female competitors Gutierrez in the shot put (43-2 1/4), Nicole Luckenback in the weight throw (47-7 1/4) Jessica Duran in the long jump (17-6) and high jump (5-0 1/4), Krystal Deyo in the 60 meters (8.07), Kristen Felderman in the 400 (59.13) and Tracy Kuhn in the mile (5:28.35).

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