Eastern Splits Squads for Last Opportunity to Qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championships

Eastern Splits Squads for Last Opportunity to Qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championships

With the indoor championships just a few weeks away, the Eagles will head to Seattle, Wash., and Nampa, Idaho, for their final tune-ups 

Season Notes

The Eastern Washington University track and field team will split up for this weekend's competition on Feb. 13-14. Selected athletes will compete at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., while the rest of the squad will head to Nampa, Idaho, for the Boise State Team Challenge.

This will be the Eagles' last chance to book their tickets to the Big Sky Conference championships -- whether that is through hitting the qualifying standards or solidifying themselves a spot in the top 16 on the conference performance lists. The indoor championships are set for Feb. 26-28 in Flagstaff, Ariz., hosted by Northern Arizona.

The Husky Classic will be hosted by the University of Washington in the Dempsey Indoor Center. This is the third and final trip Eastern will make to Seattle this season.

The competition is considered to be one of the most anticipated and prestigious meets in indoor track and field at the collegiate level. The Eagles will get an opportunity to put up solid marks against several high caliber athletes and teams in Division I track and field. Eastern will also get a chance to compete against several Big Sky schools prior to the conference championships.

The Boise State Team Challenge will take place at the Jackson's Indoor Track at the Idaho Center – a facility that is known to produce quality marks due to the mondo-synthetic surface track with banked corners. Saturday's competition will also feature dual meet scoring.

Eastern has 18 qualifying marks on the season – 13 for the women, and five for the men. There are also 12 women and six men who currently rank in the top 16 of their respective events. Several athletes are also on the cusp of cracking into that top 16.

Action in Seattle will kick off on Friday (Feb. 13) at 4 p.m. with the women's weight throw. Saturday's portion of the meet is set to begin at 9:05 a.m. with the women's 60-meter hurdle prelims. Live results can be found via gohuskies.com.

The Boise State Team Challenge will begin on Saturday (Feb. 14) at 9 a.m. Mountain Time. Live results can be found at http://www.broncosports.com/livestats/c-track/index/index.htm.

Quoting Head Men's Coach Stan Kerr

"It is one the marquee events in indoor track and field for the collegiate level. Not everybody got accepted, but the athletes who did are in for the races of their lives. Elite fields and a great venue translates to a great performance whether you are sprinting, jumping, or throwing."

"We unfortunately didn't get as many athletes accepted as we wanted to, so the rest of the athletes will head to Nampa, Idaho, where indoor nationals were held a few years back. It is a very great and fast facility."

"In all four event areas, people are aware of what the 16th mark is on the conference lists. We have a few athletes who are currently sitting 17th and they are gearing up for a performance to put them on the list. In this case, hope is not a good strategy – racing well and preparing well is a good strategy."

"On the sprints side, Jeremy VanAssche, Brad Michael, and Austin Upmeyer got into the fast heats of the 200-meter dash on Friday night. I have also put together a 4x400-meter relay team that is ready to run a fast time to be considered for conference."

"In the jumps, Phillip Puccino is entered in the triple jump and is in a good field. Chase Davis and Braden Barranco will be vaulting and Andrew Morgan will high jump with some outstanding jumpers."

"Our trio of throwers, Evan Banchero, Aaron, and Jordan Arakawa will be throwing on Friday and Saturday. It's good to see the continuity within that group."

"The men's distance runners will be running in Boise. It's not always the easiest pill to swallow when you don't get accepted into UW, but it's a young group that will be back. You have to earn the right to race at that level -- they will have to take care of business in Boise."

"This is a great preview of the squad we will be taking to conference. We have a weekend off next week, so the timing is good for some intense competition. The expectation is more people will qualify this weekend and that the athletes are taking care of themselves and their teammates so we can get as many athletes down to Flagstaff as possible."

Quoting Head Women's Coach Marcia Mecklenburg

"This is the last opportunity to qualify for the Big Sky Conference championships or to move into the top 16 and solidify your spot – that should be their focus this week."

"This is the first opportunity we'll get to see Sacramento State this season. Traditionally, they are a strong team year-in and year-out. This will give our athletes a good chance to compete head-to-head with a conference school and see where they are."

"We have some good athletes who are going to Boise State. Mayra Chavez has a good shot of making it to the conference championships. Everyone is going down there with the goal to qualify, not just to improve their marks. Our athletes will be in the hunt – they didn't get into UW but they get the chance to compete and their season isn't over. They have one more shot."

"The jumps are one of our strongest areas with the pole vault. Courtney Bray is doing well and improving by inches each meet, and I expect that to happen again this meet. I feel Anandae Clark is a sleeper, I've been watching her train and she is looking really good. She may not be number one or two in the conference now, but she is in the hunt. This meet will be an opportunity for her to see what she can do -- she's qualified so that's off her shoulders."

"Morena Mannucci jumped over 39 feet in the triple jump last week and that is a stepping stone for her to go even farther. We have a big crew of high jumpers. Tierra White is our top high jumper. She's a freshman, but this is her fifth indoor meet and third time at the University of Washington, so she knows what to expect."

"This will be a fun meet for our distance crew, both at Boise and UW. At UW they are putting together a DMR team and going for the school record. They are excited about that. They will be in their open events in addition to that."

"We put together our top mile relay for this meet, so this is their shot to see where they are in the Big Sky. Janessa Day and Leiran Cornish are our top 400-meter athletes. The sprints crew is extremely young. Rebecca Tarbert will run in the 60-meter dash and she has already qualified. To me, if you've qualified you should be going big. There is no pressure and you shouldn't be holding back."

"The throws are doing well, but we can do better. The women's weight throw will be a great competition. We still don't have Kelsie Forcier or Olivia Midles qualified, so if we can get those two qualified we will be in good shape."

"This is an opportunity and the athletes need to take advantage of it. That is what's important to me. We've provided them with an opportunity, but we can't step into the ring, on the runway or track with them."

 

 
 
 

Men's Qualifiers/Records:
Big Sky Championships – Feb. 26-28 – Flagstaff, Ariz.
NCAA Championships – Mar. 13-14 – Fayetteville, Ark.
School Records Broken: None
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 5
Trenton Osborn
– Long Jump – 23-9 1/2 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS '13)
Jordan Arakawa
– Weight Throw – 64-8 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS '10)
Jeremy VanAssche – 60-meter dash – 6.92 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS '14)
Tyree Fort – 60-meter dash – 6.96 – Fayetteville, N.C. (Rogers HS '14)
Jeremy VanAssche – 200-meter dash – 21.95 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS '14)
Women's Qualifiers/Records:
Big Sky Championships – Feb. 26-28 – Flagstaff, Ariz.
NCAA Championships – Mar. 13-14 – Fayetteville, Ark.
School Records Broken: Jozie Kimes – Pentathlon – 3,381 Paula Gil-Echevarria – Mile – 4:54.37
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 13
Jozie Kimes – Pentathlon – 3,359 – Cashmere, Wash. (Cashmere HS '12)
Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – 12-11 3/4 – Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS '13)
Anandae Clark – Pole Vault -- 12-5 1/2 – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS '12)
Morena Mannucci – Triple Jump – 39-2 1/4 – Rome, Italy (Anco Marzio HS '10)
Kaytlyn Coleman – Weight Throw – 59-7 3/4 – Kennewick, Wash. (Kennewick HS '11/Lewis-Clark SC)
Kaytlyn Coleman – Shot Put – 46-4 – Kennewick, Wash. (Kennewick HS '11/Lewis-Clark SC)
Kayla Loop – Weight Throw – 55-5 1/2 – Asotin, Wash. (Asotin HS '12)
Emma Murillo – Weight Throw – 61-8 1/4 – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS '10)
Catie Arrigoni – 5,000 – 17:11.83 – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS '11/Everett CC)
Catie Arrigoni – 3,000 – (cross-qualified in 5k) – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS '11/Everett CC)
Sarah Reiter – 5,000 – 16:47.48 – Renton, Wash. (Lindberg HS '12/Montana State)
Sarah Reiter – 3,000 – (cross-qualified in 5k) – Renton, Wash. (Lindberg HS '12/Montana State)
Rebecca Tarbert – 60m – 7.65 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS '14)

 

Returning All-Big Sky Athletes: Men
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):
Brad Michael
– (2014 Indoors: 3rd in 400; 2013 Outdoors: 3rd in 400; 2013 Indoors: 2nd in 400;2012 Outdoors: 3rd in 400; 2012 Indoors: 2nd in 400, 3rd in 200)
Phil Puccino
– (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in triple jump; 2012 Indoors: 3rd in triple jump)
Nick Stearns
– (2014 Outdoors: 2nd in pole vault; 2013 Outdoors: 2nd in pole vault; 2012 Indoors: 3rd in pole vault)
4x400 Relay
(2013 Outdoors: 2nd/Kramer Green, Nick Olsson, Brad Michael, Brad Wall; 2012 Indoors: Champion/Collin Green, Michael Okoro, Brad Michael, Brad Wall)
Jordan Arakawa
– (2014 Outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw; 2014 Indoor: Champion in Weight Throw; 2013 Outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw; 2013 Indoors: 2nd in weight throw)
Joey Payne
– (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in javelin)
Trenton Osborn
– (2014 Indoors: 2nd in long jump)
Returning All-Big Sky Athletes: Women
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):
Catie Arrigoni  - (2014 Outdoors: Champion in 3,000 steeplechase, 2nd in 5,000)
Olivia Midles – (2013 Outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw; 2011 Outdoors: 2nd in hammer throw)
Courtney Bray – (2014 Outdoors: Champion in pole vault)
Emma Murillo – (2014 Outdoors: Champion in javelin; 2013 Outdoors: 3rd in hammer throw; 2013 Indoors: 3rd in weight throw)
Katie Mahoney – (2014 Outdoors: 3rd in steeplechase; 2013 Outdoors: 2nd in 3,000 steeplechase)
Sarah Reiter – (2014 Outdoors: 3rd in 10,000)

Season Notes:
Big Sky Conference Preseason Polls:
Voting is calculated with each team receiving 11 points for a first place vote, 10 points for a second place vote, etc. Coaches are allowed to vote for their respective teams. Below are the final results with the number of first place votes in parenthesis.
Men's Poll:

Team, Points
1. Northern Arizona, 143 – (11 first-place votes)
2. Sacramento State, 121 – (1 first-place vote)
T3. Montana, 93
T3. Montana State, 93
5. Weber State, 92
6. Eastern Washington, 87
7. Southern Utah, 85
8. Idaho, 77
9. Idaho State, 53
10. Portland State, 47
11. Northern Colorado, 26
12. North Dakota, 19
Women's Poll:
Team, Points
1. Northern Arizona, 141 – (10 first-place votes)
T2. Sacramento State, 111 (1 first-place vote)
T2. Weber State, 111
4. Portland State, 102 (1 first-place vote)
5. Montana State, 96
6. Montana, 95
7. Eastern Washington, 69
8. Idaho, 61
9. Southern Utah, 59
10. Northern Colorado
11. Idaho State, 34
12. North Dakota, 21
Big Sky Athlete of the Week Recipients – Courtney Bray
(Jan. 27)

TOP SEASON PERFORMANCES: Men
Jordan Arakawa – Throws – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS '10)
Arakawa has thrown over 60 feet in the weight throw at every meet this season, with his season best of 64-8 coming at the UW Preview to place second overall. He currently leads the Big Sky and qualified for the conference championships at the Candy Cane VII with a winning toss of 62-8. He is the current Big Sky Champion in that event and ranks second all-time at Eastern with a mark of 66-1.
Trenton Osborn – Jumps – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS '13)
Osborn won the long jump at the Candy Cane VII for the second year in a row with a personal-best leap of 23-9 1/2, setting a new meet record. That mark qualifies him for the Big Sky Conference championships and ranks ninth all-time at Eastern. His second best jump of the season came at the UW Invite where he had a mark of 22-9 1/4 to place fourth overall.
Jeremy VanAssche – Sprints – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS '14)
At the Cougar Indoor, VanAssche ran a personal best in the 60-meter dash of 6.91 to rank fifth in school history. VanAssche qualified for the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash where he ran a time of 6.95. The freshman also ran 200-meter time of 21.95 at the Cougar Indoor to rank seventh all-time at Eastern and qualify for conference.
Tyree Fort – Sprints – Fayetteville, N.C. (Rogers HS '14)
In his first-ever collegiate meet, Fort qualified for the Big Sky Conference championships in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.97 – placing second overall and running the seventh fastest time in school history. At the UW Invite, he improved his time to 6.96 in the 60, qualifying him for the preliminary round and moving the freshman up to sixth all-time at Eastern.
Top Season Performances: Women
Catie Arrigoni – Distance – Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS '11/Everett CC)
Arrigoni has ran a pair of personal bests in the 5,000 (17:11.83) and the mile (5:01.93) to rank third and 10th in school history, respectively.
Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – Mead, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS '13)
Bray has continued to improve with each vault this season. At the Cougar Indoor meet, the sophomore had a mark of 13-1 3/4 to rank third in school history. Bray earned Big Sky Athlete of the Week honors after she won the pole vault at the Idaho Collegiate meet with a jump of 12-11 1/2. Bray is the current outdoor champion in the pole vault and ranks third all-time outdoors with a mark of 13-6 1/4.
Mayra Chavez – 3,000 – Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS '11/New Mexico)
At the Cougar Indoor meet, Chavez ran a time of 10:20.80 to rank 10th in school history.
Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS '12)
Clark won the pole vault at the Candy Cane VII with a jump of 11-11 3/4, qualifying herself for the BSC Championships. Her season best in the event is 12-5 1/2, achieved at the Idaho Collegiate meet where she placed second.
Kaytlyn Coleman – Throws – Kennewick, Wash. (Kennewick HS '11/Lewis-Clark SC)
Coleman has continued to improve in the weight throw at every meet this season, positing a personal best of 63-3 1/2 to rank second in school history at the Cougar Indoor. Her personal best in the shot put of 46-4 qualified her for conference and ranks fourth all-time at Eastern.
Kelsie Forcier – Throws – Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS '12)
Forcier had a pair of personal-records in the weight throw (55-2 1/4) and the shot put (44-7 1/2) at the Idaho Collegiate meet. She now ranks ninth in each event on Eastern's All-Time best list.
Paula Gil-Echevarria – Distance – Madrid, Spain
Gil-Echevarria broke an 11-year-old school record in the mile with a time of 4:54.37 at the UW Invite.
Jozie Kimes – Jumps/Multi. – Cashmere, Wash. (Cashmere HS '12)
Kimes got the Candy Cane VII off to a strong start by setting a new school record in the pentathlon with 3,381 points.
Kayla Loop – Throws – Asotin, Wash. (Asotin HS '12)
Loop booked her ticket to the conference championships when she won the weight throw at the Candy Cane VII with a personal-best toss of 55-5 1/2 to rank eighth all-time at Eastern.
Morena Mannucci – Jumps – Rome, Italy (Anco Marzio HS '10)
Mannucci punched her ticket to the conference meet in the triple jump with a mark of 39-2 1/4 to rank second all-time at Eastern, nearly missing the school record of 39-2 1/2.
Katie Mahoney – Distance – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS '11)
At the UW Invite, Mahoney ran a pair of personal bests in the mile (4:56.07) and the 800 (2:17.60) to rank fourth and 10th in school history.
Emma Murillo – Throws – Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS '10)
Murillo had a huge personal best at the UW Invite of 61-8 1/4, winning the event to rank second in school history. She qualified for the conference championships at the Idaho Collegiate meet with a toss of 57-2 1/4.
Sarah Reiter – Distance – Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS '12/Montana State)
Reiter qualified for the conference championships in the 5,000 at the UW Invite with a time of 16:47.48 to rank second in school history. In her first race since her individual Big Sky Conference cross country title, Reiter ran a time of 10:00.57 in the 3,000 at the UW Preview, improving her third place ranking on Eastern's all-time best list.
Rebecca Tarbert – Sprints – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS '14)
At the UW Invite, Tarbert qualified for the elite finals in the 60-meter dash where she ran a time of 7.65 which qualified her for conference and ranks her second all-time at Eastern as a freshman.
Tierra White – Jumps – Spokane, Wash. (John R. Rogers HS '14)
At the Idaho Collegiate meet, White jumped 5-5 in the high jump to rank 10th in school history.

 

Links:
2014-15 Track & Field Online Guide: http://www.goeags.com/sports/c-track/onlineguide
EWU Track and Field -
http://goeags.com/sports/c-track/index
Big Sky Indoor Track and Field http://bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?path=itf&
NCAA Track and Field -
http://www.ncaa.com
TFRRS- Track & Field Results Reporting System - http://www.tfrrs.org
USTFCCCA- U.S. Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association -
http://www.ustfccca.org/

 

 

 

 

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