Osborn claims first career title as the distance medley relay team and four others grab podium spots on the second day of the Big Sky Conference Championships
The Eastern Washington University track and field team shined at the second day of the Big Sky Conference Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Friday (Feb. 27). The Eagles cap off day one with six all-conference performances and several new personal bests and top ten marks – including a Big Sky Champion in the long jump.
After two days of competition, the women are currently in second place with 37 points.
Trenton Osborn leaped to a Big Sky Conference title in the long jump with a personal best jump of 24-3 3/4 to rank third in school history. After placing second at last year's indoor championships, Osborn led the Big Sky all season in the long jump before claiming his first title.
Emma Murillo and Kaytlyn Coleman finished second and third in the women's weight throw, respectively. Murillo led the way with a personal best toss of 62-3 1/4, to rank third all-time at EWU. Coleman finished right behind her with a mark of 61-9 1/2. Senior Olivia Midles finished ninth in that event with a personal best of 55-11 3/4 to rank eighth in school history.
Anandae Clark achieved her first all-conference performance of her career with a jump of 13-0 3/4 in the pole vault to finish second. Clark's personal best mark ranks her fourth in school history. Courtney Bray placed third in the pole vault with a leap of 12-8 3/4. The reigning outdoor pole vault champion placed fourth in the event at last year's conference meet.
The women's distance medley relay made up of Paula Gil-Echevarria, Janessa Day, Katie Lynch, and Katie Mahoney placed third with a time of 12:09.93 to rank second all-time at Eastern – only the second time a DMR team has earned an all-Big Sky accolade in school history.
Jeremy VanAssche won his heat in the 60-meter dash with a blazing personal best of 6.86 to qualify for tomorrow's final and rank fourth in school history. Just an hour later, VanAssche hit another personal best in the 200 with a time of 21.93 to rank seventh all-time.
Phillip Puccino (high jump) and Aaron Cunningham (shot put) each scored crucial points for the men's team in their respective events.
Rebecca Tarbert capped off a successful first indoor season with a personal best of 25.24 in the 200 to rank seventh all-time at Eastern. She also ran a time of 7.63 in the 60.
Austin Upmeyer had a lifetime indoor best in the 400 with a time of 48.59.
Sarah Reiter (18:13.97) and Catie Arrigoni (18:28.36) finished sixth and ninth in the women's 5,000, respectively.
The Eagles will look for more all-conference performances tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific time with the men's weight throw. Live video and results may be found at: http://nauathletics.com/2015BigSkyIndoorTFChampionshipCentral.
Quoting Head Coach Marcia Mecklenburg
"We had a good showing on day one -- including the four women on the distance medley who ran a gutsy race. That is a tough race to run at 7,000 feet but they hung in there and gave us some much needed points."
"We had two all-Big Sky athletes in two events. We have never had eight all-Big Sky athletes in one day before, and I am very pleased for all those women."
"With Emma and Anandae's personal best marks in the weight throw and pole vault, combined with Kaytlyn and Courtney's marks, we had a lot of depth. We knew coming into this meet that those two events were solid for us and the athletes didn't disappoint."
"The other two gutsy performances came from Sarah Reiter and Catie Arrigoni in the 5,000. That is also a tough race to do at altitude, especially when you are running indoors."
"It would have been nice to be in first in the team race after day one, but if weren't in first there is no other place I would rather be then second!"
Quoting Head Men's Coach Stan Kerr
"We're thrilled to cap day one with Trenton taking on an army of five Sacramento State long jumpers and winning his first title. His hard work and patience paid huge dividends as this performance was the best of his collegiate career."
"Jeremy showed what a special athlete he is in today's sizzling 60-meter prelim. Tomorrow's final will be special."
"Aaron Cunningham scored in the shot put which was a nice surprise. He came in ranked ninth and improved to seventh, which is a scoring position."