Eagles put up ten new top-ten marks and grab one new qualifier at the Oregon State High Performance Meet
The Eastern Washington University track and field team wrapped up their final road trip of the season at the Oregon State High Performance Meet in Corvallis, Ore., on Friday (May 1). The meet was hosted by Oregon State at the Whyte Track and Field Center – where the Eagles broke a school record and posted ten new all-time best marks in addition to one new qualifying mark.
Freshman Jeremy VanAssche set a new school record of 10.42 in the 100, winning the event and setting a new meet record in the process. VanAssche previously tied the school record of 10.43 that was set in 1999 by Johnnie Williams earlier this season at the Beach Invitational.
The sprints were Eastern's strongest event of the day, posting a total of six new top ten marks in addition to VanAssche's school record.
All four relay teams had strong outings, as each team posted new top ten marks. The men's 4x100 of Tyree Fort, Obinna Nnadi, Blair Bomber, and VanAssche ran a time of 40.99 to win the event and rank second all-time.
The women's 4x100 of Paige Hammock, Erika Lombardo, Brooke Monson, and Rebecca Tarbert, ran 46.81 to rank seventh. In addition, the women's 4x400 of Lombardo, Hammock, Monson, and Leiran Cornish ran 3:51.89, posting a new top-ten time.
Cornish also ran a personal best in the 400 of 56.50 to rank fifth in school history. She is among three Eagles to break the 57-second barrier in the 400 this season. (Brooke Monson (56.18), Janessa Day (56.99)) Her personal best entering today's competition was 57.19.
In the 200, Monson crossed the finish line in 24.83, a new personal best that ranks her eighth all-time. Tarbert followed in 25.20.
Other personal bests in the sprinting events came from Lombardo (100, 12.09) and Blair Bomber (200, 21.80).
In the throwing events, sophomore Samantha Baker booked her ticket to the conference meet with a personal best toss of 149-5 1/4 in the javelin to place third overall.
Kaytlyn Coleman won the shot put with a personal best throw of 47-9 1/4 to rank fourth in the Eastern record books. She also threw a personal best of 186-10 3/4 in the hammer throw, inching up to third all-time.
Cody Humphrey uncorked a personal best of 55-6 1/4 in the shot put to rank 10th all-time.
Jordan Arakawa, an NCAA competitor in the hammer throw a year ago, won the hammer throw for the fifth-straight week with a toss of 207-3 3/4, eclipsing the 200-foot mark for the fourth time this season.
Anandae Clark, Trenton Osborn, and Phil Puccino each grabbed wins in their respective jumping events. Clark cleared 12-2 in the pole vault, while Osborn leaped 23-0 in the long jump and Puccino jumped 46-6 3/4 in the triple jump.
Morena Mannucci placed second in the triple jump with a solid leap of 39-2 1/2.
Andrew Morgan cleared the high jump bar at 6-4 1/4, recording a new personal best.
Sophomore Stephen Bottoms won the invitational section of the 1,500 with a lifetime best of 3:53.66.
Sophomore Paula Gil-Echevarria placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a new personal best of 10:22.16 to improve her ranking of third of all-time. Catie Arrigoni finished in 10:37.25, followed by Katie Mahoney in 10:38.04.
Sarah Reiter was Eastern's top finisher in the 5,000 with a time of 16:42.92. Berenice Penaloza crossed the finish line in 17:08.93. Mayra Chavez followed with a 20-second personal best of 17:31.87 to rank tenth in school history.
In the men's steeplechase, Aaron Brenton (9:30.70) and Austin Oser (9:31.08) each recorded personal bests. Oser's best entering today's race was 9:56.22.
Eastern will wrap up the regular season on May 6 at the Sasquatch Carnival in Spokane, Wash. Many Eagles who have hit qualifying marks in their respective events will sit out that meet to prepare for the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships on May 13-16, hosted by Eastern in Cheney, Wash., at Roos Field. Eastern has 38 total qualifying marks this season – 23 for the women and 15 for the men.
Additional Top Performances: Men
Austin Upmeyer – 400 – 49.11
Vince Hamilton – 1500 – 4:05.78
Joey Payne – Javelin – 186-10 3/4
Dallas Snider – 800 – 1:56.50
Evan Banchero – Discus – 153-3 1/4
Austin Upmeyer, Nick Anthony, Blair Bomber, Brad Michael -- 4x400 – 3:17.52
Additional Top Performances: Women
Olivia Midles – Hammer Throw – 184-4 1/2
Morgan Romey – Shot Put – 45-10 1/2
Katie Lynch – 800 – 2:22.99
Kelsie Forcier – Discus – 152-6 1/2
Quoting Head Men's Coach Stan Kerr
"This meet seemed to fit the saying, "when preparation meets opportunity, good things happen." I felt the team's effort showed we are closing in on the conference championships coming in 13 days."
"Jeremy breaking his own school record exemplifies preparation in spirit and body to do something very special when given the opportunity. His 10.42 wowed those at the meet, especially his teammates."
"His teammates in the sprints showed their preparation was on cue today as many of them posted lifetime bests."
"In the throws, Cody and Evan had solid outings with both of them posting personal bests in their respective events."
"It's great to see our men's distance performances progress as we near the championships. The Big Sky's distance runners are amongst the best in the NCAA. To watch our relatively young men's squad perform better and better each week is very encouraging."
"I truly enjoy the championship run part of the season. The next eight weeks contain the conference, regional, and national championships and an opportunity to see our preparation peak."
Quoting Head Women's Coach Marcia Mecklenburg
"Wow! It was another great meet for Eastern!"
"I am super excited about Sami Baker's 149-foot javelin throw and third place finish. She has been struggling in that event and finally put together a good throw. Not only did it qualify her for conference, but it might be far enough to get her to regionals."
"I am sensing that Paula Gil-Echevarria loves the OSU track. She ran her best race of the season here last year and she pulled off another awesome race here this year."
"Kudos to Kaytlyn Coleman who PR'd in the hammer yesterday for a second place finish and PR'd in the shot put today to win it. She keeps getting more and more comfortable with those events each week."
"Our women's 4x100 of Paige Hammock, Erika Lombardo, Brooke Monson, and Rebecca Tarbert ran a season's best time and moved up to fifth on the Big Sky list."
"The 4x400 of Erika Lombardo, Paige Hammock, Leiran Cornish, and Brooke Monson also keep improving and currently have moved up to seventh of the Big Sky list."
"The ranks are thinning with our pole vault crew, but Anandae Clark is still very much in the hunt. She won the event today and is putting it together at the right time."
"I am very pleased with where we are at this point of the season. We are two weeks out from the Big Sky Conference Championships and our athletes are looking good."