Eagles achieve numerous personal bests and new top-ten marks in Pullman
The Eastern Washington University track and field team had a strong showing at the Cougar Indoor meet this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 6-7) in Pullman, Wash.
Junior transfer, Kaytlyn Coleman, stole the show in the throws on Friday night when she won the weight throw with a toss of 63-3 1/2, setting a new meet record. Coleman's personal best of over three feet now ranks her second in school history.
Senior Emma Murillo placed second in the weight throw with a mark of 59-00 3/4. This is the second weekend in a row that Coleman and Murillo have finished first and second -- setting them up to be forces to be reckoned with in the Big Sky Conference.
Coleman continued her momentum into Saturday when she became Eastern's lone conference qualifier in the shot put with a throw of 46-4 to rank fifth all-time at Eastern.
Jordan Arakawa won the men's weight throw with a toss of 60-10 3/4. Aaron Cunningham had a personal best in the weight throw of 50-3 1/2 to place fifth.
Defending Big Sky champion, Courtney Bray, continued to improve in the pole vault with a huge personal best jump of 13-1 3/4 to place second and rank third in school history.
Anandae Clark finished third in the pole vault with a jump of 12-2.
Morena Mannucci placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 39-00 1/4, just missing her personal best (39-2 1/4) and the school record (39-2 1/2). She also jumped 17-5 in the long jump to place fourth.
Trenton Osborn won the long jump Friday evening with a mark of 22-11. On Saturday, he made his indoor debut in the triple jump placing fourth with a leap of 42-11 – just two feet off the Big Sky qualifying standard.
In the distance events, Mayra Chavez made her indoor debut in the 3,000-meter run and ran a personal best time of 10:26.12 to place third. With that time, Chavez ranks 11th on Eastern's indoor all-time best list.
Katie Mahoney won the mile with a time of 5:04.80.
Aaron Brenton was Eastern's top male distance runner, running personal bests in the mile (4:27.16) and the 800 (2:03.07).
Nik Taylor made his first indoor appearance in the 800, running a time of 2:06.97.
Rebecca Tarbert led the way in the sprints with a first-place finish in the 200 (26.06) and a fourth place finish in the 60-meter dash (7.78).
Janessa Day ran the 60-meter dash for the first time in her career with a time of 8.00. Day also had a runner-up finish in the 200 with a personal-best time of 26.63.
Eastern swept the women's 200-meter dash, placing runners in the first four spots.
Jeremy VanAssche had another personal-best in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.91 to rank fifth in school history. He also won the 200 with a time of 22.34.
Kyle Caviezel qualified for finals in the 60-meter dash and ran a personal-best time of 7.10. He also ran 23.45 in the 200.
Austin Upmeyer had a runner-up finish in the 200 with a time of 22.73. Upmeyer also made his indoor debut in the 60, running 7.28.
In Division I team scoring, the Eastern men defeated Big Sky opponent Idaho 70-34 and Gonzaga 62-32, but fell to WSU 51-50.
The women beat Idaho 96-24 and Gonzaga 98-21, but also fell to WSU 80-53.
The Eagles now have a total of 17 qualifying marks – 13 for the women, four for the men on the season. The Big Sky Conference championships are set for Feb. 26-28 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Eastern will have its last chance to qualify for conference at its next indoor meet on Feb. 13-14 at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.
Quoting Head Men's Coach Stan Kerr
"Years ago we had an athlete who used to say, "It's not about the headlines." I think that aptly describes today's performances. We had numerous PR's and top efforts that may not grab the front sports page, but today's marks showed a team that continues to shine brighter every week. "
"We're a peaking sport and that peak is scheduled for the end of the month at the indoor championships. Contributions from Aaron Cunningham and Jordan Arakawa in the throws, Chase Davis and Trenton Osborn in the jumps, Aaron Brenton and Nik Taylor in the distance events and Jeremy VanAssche, Kyle Caviezel and Austin Upmeyer in the sprints showed a team balance that will serve us well at the championships."
Quoting Head Women's Coach Marcia Mecklenburg
"Kaytlyn Coleman had a great two days. She threw a personal best in both the weight throw and the shot put. For the second week in a row, EWU went one-two in the women's weight throw, only this week Kaytlyn was top dog and Emma Murillo placed second."
"I can't say enough about the consistency of the pole vault crew. Courtney Bray had a personal best once again and is now up to 13-1 3/4. With Anandae Clark's jump of 12-2, the pair placed second and third."
"Morena Mannucci is over 39 feet again in the triple jump. That has to be a confidence boost as she inches closer to 40 feet."
"The sprinters ran in events they don't usually race in and as a group they performed well."
"On the distance side, Mayra Chavez was finally able to run in an open race and in the process moved into EWU's all-time indoor best list in the 3,000."