Sarah Reiter sets a new San Francisco State Distance Carnival meet record in the 5,000
All seven track and field athletes that competed for Eastern Washington University at the Stanford Invitational and San Francisco Distance Carnival on Friday, April 4, will return to Washington as Big Sky Conference qualifiers.
"We are thrilled," said head men's coach Stan Kerr. "Seven athletes competed, and seven athletes qualified."
Sarah Reiter won the 5,000 and set a new meet record with a time of 16:36.28 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival to book her ticket to the Big Sky Conference Championships. Her 14-second personal best moves her to second all-time at Eastern, just three seconds off the school record of 16:33.90 (2008, Mattie Bridgmon).
"I am really pleased with how the girls have opened their season – all five distance runners qualified for conference," said interim head distance coach Camille Moseley.
Berenice Penaloza also qualified for the championships in the 5,000 with a personal best time of 17:05.41 to rank seventh all-time at Eastern. Both Reiter's and Penaloza's times also cross-qualify them in the 10,000.
Katie Mahoney (10:28.68), Paula Gil-Echevarria (10:40.94), and Catie Arrigoni (10:50.80) all qualified in their steeplechase season openers.
Jeremy VanAssche had Eastern's first big highlight of the day in the sprints. The freshman qualified for the BSC Championships in the prelims of the 100 with a time of 10.69 – just missing the finals by two places
Brad Michael opened up his senior season with a solid time in the 400 of 48.79, punching his ticket to the championship meet.
"Brad and Jeremy took full advantage of terrific race conditions here and posted strong conference caliber times," Kerr said. "Jeremy narrowly missed making the 100 final, but settled for a conference leading time. Brad put together a good race in the 400 and showed that he is on pace to compete for the conference title."
The Eagles now have eight women and six men combined for 18 qualifying marks on the season. The 2015 Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships will be hosted by Eastern on May 13-16 at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
"We had a strong start but we're only going to get better and I can't wait to see what we can do at Mt. Sac in two weeks," Moseley said.