Entries will be finalized early next week before Eagles venture to Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Eastern Washington University men's and women's track and field teams are preparing to travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., for the 2015 Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 26-28 at the Walkup Skydome.
Eastern finished the regular season with a total of 20 qualifying marks – 14 for the women and six for the men. Athletes ranked in the top 16 of their respective events can also qualify for the championships. The Eagles currently have 10 women and six men who are waiting for the top 16 to become solidified before learning their fate.
At last season's championships in Pocatello, Idaho, the men tied for fifth with 56 points, while the women took eighth with a total of 40 points. The Eagles also walked away with two Big Sky Champions (Keisa Monterola in the pole vault, Jordan Arakawa in the weight throw) and seven all-conference performers (top-three finish). Arakawa will be back to defend his Big Sky title.
Qualifiers on the men's side in addition to Arakawa are Jeremy VanAssche (60m, 200m), Trenton Osborn (long jump), Tyree Fort (60m), and Phillip Puccino (triple jump).
Representing the women will be Jozie Kimes (pentathlon), Courtney Bray (pole vault), Anandae Clark (pole vault), Morena Mannucci (triple jump), Kaytlyn Coleman (weight throw, shot put), Kayla Loop (weight throw), Emma Murillo (weight throw), Catie Arrigoni (5k, 3k), Sarah Reiter (5k, 3k), Rebecca Tarbert (60m), and Erin Clark (pole vault).
In the Big Sky Conference preseason polls, the men were voted to finish sixth with 87 points and the women were selected to finish seventh with 69 points.
Eastern will host the outdoor conference championships set for May 13-16 at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.