Eagles Head to Sacramento for Outdoor Championships

May 12, 2008

With near 100-degree temperatures expected, the Eastern Washington University track and field teams will take more than 40 athletes to compete at the 2008 Big Sky Outdoor Championships on May 14-17 at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif.

Last year, Eastern's men placed sixth with 72.8 points and the women placed seventh with 71 points. This year, Eagle athletes met Big Sky qualifying standards 42 times, including 21 for men and 21 for women. Including wild card entries, Eastern expects to take a total of 23 men and 22 women to Sacramento.

"When you go in to conference championships you are looking to score points and win," said head men's coach Stan Kerr. "We would like to shoot for a top five finish. We have a lot of experienced guys coming back. Athletes that didn't compete at the indoor championships that were point scorers in previous meets really helps our chances."

"I am hoping that we will score that many points again," said women's head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. "If the cards come out right and we do score that many points, we may finish higher."

Eastern will take a strong group of distance runners to the meet, but will have to battle not only the competition. Temperatures in Sacramento have been forecast for between 95-100 degrees.

"The distance crew with the weather projected is a concern for all the coaches," said Kerr. "How hot is it going to be for the 10,000 meters Friday night? So they will have water hoses out and obviously that is going to affect the pace."

In the 10,000, distance runner Paul Limpf is currently sitting in third in the Big Sky Conference rankings with a time of 29:57.13. He ranks third in school history, only six seconds from the No. 2 spot and 11 seconds from the school record of 29:48.6 set in 1978 by Rick Adams.

Limpf will also be competing in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:09.32 to rank him fourth in the BSC. He has already qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in this event. His time ranks him second in school history behind Bob Maplestone's time of 14:09.0 set in 1972.

Teammate Curtis Suver will be competing in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:52.89. He currently is eighth in conference. He will also be competing in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:25.78 to rank fifth in conference. In 2007 at conference, Suver finished fifth with a time of 15:28.66.

"Those two events are on the same day," commented Kerr. "Curtis comes in fresh to the 1,500 where some of the guys will double back. It puts Curtis in a position to do well in both those events."

On the women's side, currently in third in the conference in the 5,000 meters is Mattie Bridgmon, who broke her own school record with a time of 16:33.60. She is coming off of a championship in the 5,000 meters at the BSC Indoor Championships and finished 64th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

"I think Mattie could win the 10,000 meters," said Mecklenburg. "She is going to go into that well-rested and she hasn't run a 10,000 yet this year. She has been doing really well in the 5,000. I think that Mattie can hang with the competition and maybe win that event."

"It is going to be really interesting to see how she does in the 5,000 because they are going to have to run in the heat," added Mecklenburg of the weather conditions. "That is going to play a role in what happens. If they are fresh they are going to have a leg up on Mattie in the 5,000."

Sitting third in the conference in the 1,500 meters is teammate Camille Moseley, who set a new school record with a time of 4:30.33 to break Hannah Lohrmann's record of 4:31.93 set in 1999. Moseley finished fifth in the 1,500 in the 2007 conference with a time of 4:38.30. The Big Sky leader has a time of 4:20.88.

"It is going to be tough for her to come back and make up 10 seconds in the 1,500," said Mecklenburg. "That is a lot of time. But if she could finish top three for us that would be fantastic."

Defending Big Sky Conference discus champion Bonnie Millard ranks second in the conference with a throw of 154-8 set at the Sasquatch Field Events Meet. Her career-best mark of 155-0 came when she won her Big Sky title in 2007 to rank fourth in school history. The conference leader has a throw of 155-1.

"I am looking for Bonnie to throw really big," added Mecklenburg. "The weight is kind of off her shoulders because she is not ranked No. 1. She is going in as the defending conference champion and it will be interesting how she can respond to that. Even though she has gone 154 two times this year, I don't think that she has thrown really well yet. Hopefully she will pull it together and get the big one at the conference championships. The discus is going to be really competitive and anyone can really take it."

Currently sitting in third in the Big Sky in the hammer throw is Nicole Luckenbach with a mark of 179-6 set at the Sasquatch Field Events Meet. Luckenbach already qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and now ranks second all-time in school history. She is close to Julie Nelson's school record of 182-8 set in 2001.

"Nicole has been very consistent all year long," said Mecklenburg. "She is looking really strong right now. The difference between first and her mark is 10 feet and 10 feet is a long ways. But I expect Nicole to place in the top three and I would say she would break the school record. I think that is easily in her reach."

In the men's triple jump, Cameron Moore and Armand Hopkins currently sit third and fourth, respectively, in the conference. Moore had a jump of 47-9 1/4 set at the Beach Invitational on April 19. In 2007 at the BSC Championships, he finished eighth behind the seventh-place finish of Hopkins. The best jump this season for Hopkins was 47-1 3/4 set at the Oregon Relays on April 26.

"Those guys are looking at when the best marks in conference were posted," siad Kerr. "They have some of the best marks that were posted most recently. I would not be surprised if one of those guys come away with the conference championship in the triple jump."

"They are both capable of jumping well enough to win a conference championship or hitting the regional standard (49-2 1/2) and compete in two weeks in Northridge," added Kerr.

Adam Stewart currently sits third in the conference standings in the high jump with a mark of 6-7 set at the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational.

"I like how Adam competes -- he is the quiet dagger out there," said Kerr. "He has a great intensity to his competitive style. He is very focused and is taking on a good field with a couple of guys above him. Adam knows it is in his reach to be a freshman and a conference champion. Then he could be in the position to be a four-peat. "

In the javelin, Aaron Mettler and John Clevenger currently sit fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Big Sky. Mettler had a throw of 207-9 at the Oregon Relays to qualify for the NCAA West Regionals. Clevenger had a throw of 207-8 at the Vandal Jamboree to qualify him for NCAA West Regionals.

"They are throwing well at the end of the season but our weather hasn't cooperated to give them the ideal training," added Kerr. "Montana State and Eastern's throwers are clashing so they are going to try to break up our contingent and we are going to try to break up theirs. Our athletes are going to need to step it up at the conference championships."

Defending Big Sky Conference 400 meter champion Chad Butorac ranks sixth in the Big Sky Conference standings with a time of 48.08. He had a personal best time of 47.19 in 2007 at conference. That time ranks him second in school history behind the school record of 47.05 set by Hogan Wrixon in 1988.

"It doesn't bother Chad sitting in sixth in the conference standing," said Kerr. "He was not sitting at the top going into last year either, and came away with the conference championship. Chad loves to compete and we are going to be in a great facility in great weather."

"He has the experience too," added Kerr. "He knows the field and he knows he could draw lane one. It doesn't matter. He will go out, run his race and move into the finals. Then he will punch it out for the conference championship because he wants to be a repeat as well."

In the women's pole vault, Chelsi Friese currently sits in fourth in the conference with a mark of 12-1 1/2 to rank third in school history. She ranks behind Sarah Hegna (12-11 1/2 in 2007) and school record holder Emily Roberts (13-2 1/4 in 2003).

"She can be a surprise," added Mecklenburg. "She hasn't even touched what she can do this year."

Jordan Baughan is another Eastern athlete competing this week that has earned previous All-Big Sky Conference honors with a top-three finish. She place third in the javelin at the 2006 championships.

 

 

Upcoming Meet Schedule
May 14-17 - at Big Sky Conference Championships
Meet Information - http://www.hornetsports.com/sports/track/BigSkyChampionshipsTF08.asp

 

Last Week's Meet Schedule
May 7 - at Sasquatch Field Events
Results - http://athletics.spokane.edu/getdoc/7a9f41fb-d76d-4512-8cbb eb95eb74e4e2/ResultsSasquatchFieldEventa_DistanceCarnival2008.aspx

May 9-10 - at Vandal Jamboree
Results - http://www.govandals.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90757&SPID=10991&DB_OEM_ID=17100&ATCLID=1468764

 

 

Top performers:
Nicole Luckenbach (So., Mill Creek, Wash. - Snohomish HS '05)
At the Sasquatch Field Events meet on May 7, Luckenbach won the hammer with a throw of 179-6. She ranks second in school history behind school record holder Julie Nelson, who had a throw of 182-8 in 2001. Luckenbach qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in the hammer with a toss of 178-4 at the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational (April 11). In the process, she broke the meet record set by Eastern's Jaime Martin in 2002 and now ranks third all-time in school history. Luckenbach had already qualified for the BSC Championships with her throw of 175-5 at the Al Manual Invitational April 5.

Chad Butorac (Jr., Northport, Wash. - Northport HS '05)
At the Vandal Jamboree, Butorac had a winning 400-meter time of 48.08 -- his best this season. He had already qualified for the BSC Championships at the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational (April 11). A junior from Northport, Wash., Butorac is chasing the school record of 47.05 set by Hogan Wrixon in 1988. Butorac's current career best is 47.19 to rank second in school history. At the Beach Invitational April 19, Butorac qualified for the BSC Championships in the 200 meters with a time of 21.97. At the Pelluer Invitational he won the 200 (21.8) and helped his 4x400 team to a first place victory with a time of 3:20.57.

John Clevenger (Jr., Northport, Wash. - Northport HS '05)
Clevenger qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and the BSC Championships in the javelin with a throw of 207-8 set at the Vandal Jamboree. His throw ranks him 12th in school history.

Amber Nickelson (Jr., Northport, Wash. - Northport HS '05)
Nickelson had a winning time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase of 11:46.14 to rank her fourth in school history at the Vandal Jamboree.



 

Men's Qualifiers/Records
Big Sky Championships - May 14-17, 2008 in Sacramento, Calif.
NCAA West Regionals -May 30-31, 2008 in Northridge, Calif.
NCAA Championships - June 11-14, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa

NCAA Regional Championships Automatic Qualifying Standard Met: 3 (Aaron Mettler - Javelin/207-9 & John Clevenger - Javelin/207-8 - Standard is 202-1 & Paul Limpf - 5,000m/14:09.32 - Standard is 14:12.0)

School Records Broken: 0

Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 21 (New qualifiers: 2 John Clevenger/javelin & Armon Blackwell/ 400 hurdles)
*100m -11.11 - Steve Keith - Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS '03)
200m - 21.97 - Chad Butorac - Northport, Wash. (Northport HS '05)
400m - 48.08 - Chad Butorac - Northport, Wash. (Northport HS '05)
400h - 55.19 - Armon Blackwell - Tacoma, Wash. (Clover Park HS '06)
1,500m -3:52.89 - Curtis Suver - Covington, Wash. (Tahoma HS '04 & Jamestown College N.D.)
1,500m - 3:54.84 - Paul Limpf - Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS '05)
5,000m - 14:09.32 - Paul Limpf - Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS '05)
5,000m - 14:25.78 - Curtis Suver - Covington, Wash. (Tahoma HS '04 & Jamestown
College N.D.)
10,000m - 29:57.13 - Paul Limpf - Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS '05)
Pole Vault - 15-7 - Mike Uhlenkott - Spokane, Wash. (North Central HS '04)
High Jump - 6-7 - Adam Stewart - Yakima, Wash. (Davis HS '07)
High Jump - 6-9 - Steven Praast - Ravensdale, Wash. (Tahoma HS '06)
Long Jump - 23-2 1/2 - Geoff Penrod - Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS '03)
Long Jump - 22-9 1/4 - Armand Hopkins - Seattle, Wash. (Renton HS '05)
Triple Jump - 47-9 1/4 - Cameron Moore - Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS '04)
Triple Jump - 47-1 3/4 - Armand Hopkins - Seattle, Wash. (Renton HS '05)
Triple Jump - 45-5 1/4 - Levi Knudson - Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor HS '06)
*Discus - 143-5 - Brody Faire - Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg HS '05)
Shot Put - 52-0 1/2 - Brody Faire - Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg HS '05)
Hammer - 165-10 - Andre Lester - Tacoma, Wash. (Wilson HS '03 & Highline CC)
Javelin - 207-9 - Aaron Mettler - Walla Walla, Wash. (Walla Walla HS '07)
Javelin - 207-8 - John Clevenger - Hoquiam, Wash. (Wishkah HS '06)
Javelin - 201-11 - Cody Irby - Otis Orchards, Wash. (East Valley HS '05)
* BSC Championship Wild Cards

 

Women's Qualifiers/Records
Big Sky Championships - May 14-17, 2008 in Sacramento, Calif.
NCAA West Regionals -May 30-31, 2008 in Northridge, Calif.
NCAA Championships - June 11-14, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa

NCAA Regional Championships Automatic Qualifying Standard Met: 4 (Nicole Luckenbach - Hammer/178-4 - Standard is 177-7 1/2, Mattie Bridgmon 5,000m/16:33.60 & Camille Moseley 5,000m/16:44.09 - Standard is 16:52.00 & Amanda Peterson - Javelin/154-5 - Standard is 142-6 1/2)

School Records Broken: 2 (Camille Moseley - 1,500m/4:30.33 - old record 4:31.93 by Hannah Lohrmann in 1999 & Mattie Bridgmon - 5,000m/16:33.60 - old record 16:57.71 by Kari McKay in 1992)

Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 21 (New qualifiers: 1 Krystal Deyo/long jump)
100m - 12.39 - Krystal Deyo - Castle Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock HS '06)
200m - 25.22 - Shannon Long - Richland, Wash. (Richland HS '04 & CC of Spokane)
400m - 57.22 - Alex McNairy - Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS '05 & Cal. Lutheran Univ.)
400m - 57.65 - Sarah Frey - Olympia, Wash. (Olympia HS '05)
400h - 1:02.12 - Sarah Frey - Olympia, Wash. (Olympia HS '05)
*800m - 2:19.01 - Lauren Matthews - Sammanish, Wash. (Skyline HS '07)
1,500m - 4:30.33 - Camille Moseley - Ellensburg, Wash. (Kittitas HS '03)
1,500m - 4:32.21 - Mattie Bridgmon - Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie HS `05)
5,000m - 16:33.60 - Mattie Bridgmon - Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie HS `05)
5,000m - 16:44.09 - Camille Moseley - Ellensburg, Wash. (Kittitas HS '03)
Long Jump - 18-2 1/4 - Krystal Deyo - Castle Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock HS '06)
Triple Jump - 38-0 3/4 - Shene Davis - Yakima, Wash. (Selah HS `07)
*Triple Jump - 36-0 1/4 - Allysen Halsen - Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor HS '05)
Pole Vault - 12-1 1/2 - Chelsi Friese - Lebam, Wash. (Willapa Valley HS '07)
Pole Vault - 11-7 3/4 - Erika Stratton - Bend, Ore. (Summit HS '05 & Lane CC)
Discus - 154-8 - Bonnie Millard - Priest River, Idaho (Priest River HS '05)
Discus - 136-0 - Mallory LaPlante - Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS '04)
Hammer - 179-6 - Nicole Luckenbach - Mill Creek, Wash. (Snohomish HS '05)
Hammer - 173-4 - Erika Kirley-Price - Kennewick, Wash. (Kennewick HS '03)
Javelin - 154-5 - Amanda Peterson - Gig Harbor, Wash. (Peninsula HS '07)
Javelin - 130-5 - Jessica McFarland (Thomas) - Auburn, Wash. (Auburn Riverside HS '05)
Javelin - 142-5 - Jordan Baughan - Klickitat, Wash. (Klickitat HS '03)
Heptathlon - 4,198 - Jessica Duran - Kent, Wash. (Kent-Meridian HS '06)
* BSC Championship Wild Cards

 

Other Notes:
In the Big Sky Conference preseason coaches poll announced on March 19, Eastern's men were selected to finish seventh while the women were picked eighth. Weber State was picked first for both the men and women. Last year at the conference championships, the EWU men finished sixth with 72.8 points and the women were seventh with 71 points. This year's BSC Championships take place in Sacramento, Calif., May 14-17.

 

Other Top Performers:
Curtis Suver (Sr., Maple Valley, Wash. - Tahoma HS '04 & Jamestown College N.D.)
Suver had a time of 3:52.95 for a sixth-place finish in the 1,500 at the Steve Scott Invitational. He had already qualified for the BSC Championships with a time of 3:52.89 at the Mt. Sac Relays. Suver qualified for the BSC Championships in the 5,000 meters earlier this year at the Oregon Relays with a time of 14:25.78.

Camille Moseley (Sr., Ellensburg, Wash. - Kittitas HS `03)
At the Steve Scott Invitational May 4, Moseley set a new school record in the 1,500 with a time of 4:30.33 to break Hannah Lohrmann's record of 4:31.93 set in 1999. She had already qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships at the Mt. Sac Relays with a time of 4:35.42. She has also qualfied for the BSC Championships in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:44.09 at the Oregon Relays to rank second in school history behind teammate Mattie Bridgmon.

Geoff Penrod (Sr., Nine Mile Falls, Wash. - Lakeside HS `03)
Penrod had a personal best in the long jump with an effort of 23-2 1/2 to finish seventh. He already qualified for the BSC Championships with a mark of 22-11 3/4 at the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational.

Mattie Bridgmon (Laramie, Wyo. - Laramie HS '05)
At the Steve Scott Invitational May 4, Bridgmon had a time of 4:32.21 to rank fourth in school history in the 1,500 meters. She had already qualified for the BSC Championships with a time of 4:40.88 to finish first in that event at the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational (April 11). At the Oregon Relays April 25, Bridgmon broke her own school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:33.60. She already qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and the Big Sky Conference Championships earlier this season at the Mt. Sac Relays April 17. Her time of 16:47.65 broke Kari McKay's old record of 16:57.71 set in 1992. She is coming off of a championship in the 5,000 meters at the BSC Indoor Championships and finished 64th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Paul Limpf (Vancouver, Wash. - Evergreen HS `05)
At the Steve Scott Invitational May 4, Limpf qualified for the BSC Championships in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:54.84 to finish 10th in the meet. At the Oregon Relays April 26, Limpf qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships in the 10,000 meters with a time of 29:57.13. He ranks third in school history, only six seconds from the No. 2 spot and 11 seconds from the school record of 29:48.6 set in 1978 by Rick Adams. Limpf qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships and NCAA West Regionals in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:09.32 at the Mt Sac Relays April 17. That time ranks him second in school history behind Bob Maplestone's time of 14:09.0 set in 1972.

Aaron Mettler (Fr., Walla Walla, Wash. - Walla Walla HS `07)
Mettler improved his NCAA West Regional and Big Sky Conference mark in the javelin with a toss of 207-9 at the Oregon Relays April 26. He ranks 11th in school history.

Bonnie Millard (Jr., Priest River, Idaho - Priest River HS `05)
Millard who qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships improved her discus throw with a toss of 154-8 at the Oregon Relays April 26. Her career-best mark of 155-0 came in 2007 at the Big Sky Conference Championships for a first place victory.

Cameron Moore (Spokane, Wash. - Ferris HS '04)
Moore, who already qualified for the BSC Championships, had a personal best in the triple jump with a mark of 47-9 1/4 at the Beach Invitational April 19.

Adam Stewart (Fr., Yakima, Wash. - Davis HS '07)
Stewart qualified for the BSC Championships in the high jump with a jump of 6-7 to finish third at the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational (April 11).

Brody Faire (Jr., Ellensburg, Wash. - Ellensburg HS '05)
Faire improved his shot put throw to 52-0 1/2 at the Vandal Jamboree. He qualified for the BSC Championships earlier this season at the Dusty Lane Invitational (March 14-15). He also finished eighth in both the discus (135-7) and hammer (143-11).

Alex McNairy (Jr., Spokane, Wash. - Ferris HS '05 & Cal. Lutheran Univ.)
At the Bronco Twilight, McNairy had a personal-best time of 57.22 in the 400 meters. She had already qualified for the BSC Championships with a time of 57.26 at the Beach Invitational April 19. McNairy finished second in the 200 with a run of 26.36 at the Dusty Lane Invitational (March 14-15).

Krystal Deyo (So., Castle Rock, Wash. - Castle Rock HS '06)
Deyo qualified for the BSC Championships in the long jump with a mark of 18-2 1/4 at the Sasquatch Field Events. She qualified for the BSC Championships earlier this season in the 100 meters with a time of 12.39 at the Oregon Relays April 26. At the Al Manuel Invitational (April 4-5), Deyo competed in three events. She finished fourth in the 200 (25.99), was third in the long jump (16-6) and helped her 4x100 team to a first-place finish.

Amanda Peterson (Fr., Gig Harbor, Wash. - Peninsula HS '07)
Peterson improved her NCAA West Regional qualifying mark in the javelin with a throw of 154-5 at the Al Manuel Invitational (April 5). She won that event and now ranks sixth in school history. She had already qualified for the BSC Championships and the NCAA West Regional in the javelin with a throw of 152-6 at the Dusty Lane Invitational (March 14-15).



All-Conference Performers
The following Eagle athletes have earned All-Big Sky Conference honors (top three finish) in previous Big Sky Conference track and field championships (indoors and outdoors):



Men
Chad Butorac
- (2007 Outdoor: Champion in 400 meters; 2007 Indoor: 2nd in 400 meters; 2006 Outdoor: 3rd in 400 meters; 2006 Indoor: 3rd in 200 meters)
Curtis Suver - (2008 Indoors: 3rd in the 5,000; 2007 Indoor: 3rd in 5,000 meters)
4x400 Relay - (2007 Outdoor: 3rd)

 

Women
Jordan Baughan
- (2006 Outdoor: 3rd in javelin)
Bonnie Millard - (2007 Outdoor: Champion in discus)
Mattie Bridgmon - (2008 Indoors: Champion in 5,000 meters)

 

Links:
EWU Women's Top Performances by Event - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/w-track/stats/2007-2008/08wtinbestevent.html
EWU Women's Results by Athlete - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/w-track/stats/2007-2008/08wtinbestath.html

EWU Men's Top Performances by Event - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/m-track/stats/2007-2008/08mtinbestevent.html
EWU Men's Results by Athlete - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/m-track/stats/2007-2008/08mtinbestath.html

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