Kelsie Forcier hits Eastern's final qualifying mark of the season, bringing the total number of marks to 40
The Eastern Washington University track and field team competed at its last regular season meet Wednesday (May 6) at the Sasquatch Carnival in Spokane, Wash., where the Eagles added one more qualifying mark and improved many seasonal bests.
Eastern swept the first four spots in the women's hammer throw, led by senior Olivia Midles who placed first with a season best mark of 187-4. Emma Murillo placed second with a season best of 182-3, followed by Kaytlyn Coleman with a toss of 181-9. Kelsie Forcier was Eastern's lone qualifier of the day, finishing fourth with a season best of 181-6. D'onna Robinson finished sixth with a mark of 167-0. The Eagles now have four qualifiers in the hammer throw, making them a force to be reckoned with at the Big Sky Championships next week.
In the men's throwing events, senior Cody Humphrey won the shot put with a solid personal best of 55-9 3/4 to rank eighth all-time at Eastern and moving himself further up on the Big Sky rankings. He also won the discus with a toss of 152-5.
Other event winners include Anandae Clark in the pole vault (12-1 1/2) and Coleman in the shot put (46-1 1/2).
Dallas Snider had a two-second personal best in the men's 800, crossing the finish line in 1:54.22, just missing the Big Sky standard of 1:53.30. Katie Lynch also had a personal best in the 800 of 2:21.95.
In her final race in an Eagle uniform, senior Brittney Swanson won the 1,500 with a personal best of 5:07.49, just edging out teammate Keeley Davidson who also had a personal best of 5:07.52.
Isaac Kitzan ran a 14-second season best in the 1,500 of 4:03.93. Brooklyn Bellomy also had a season best in the high jump (5-1 1/4).
Eastern wraps up the regular season with a total of 40 qualifying marks – 24 for the women and 16 for the men. Next up for the Eagles is the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships on May 13-16, hosted by Eastern at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
Quoting Head Women's Coach Marcia Mecklenburg
"It was great to get one more meet in before the Big Sky Championships. It allowed us to do some fine tuning as we continue to prepare for the championships."
"The event of the day has to be the women's hammer. We had three season best marks and another conference qualifier. That event is coming together for our crew at the right time."
"It was great to see Anandae get over 12-feet in the pole vault again and it was nice for her to come away with a win."
"Overall, it was a good day for EWU."
Quoting Head Men's Coach Stan Kerr
"The meet was productive in small ways, but we planned for stronger marks than what were produced today."
"The weather was the best we've had this spring. While those who competed didn't make significant advances in the conference rankings, they did get a final opportunity to work on improving technical parts of their events."
"It feels good to know that our next competition is the Big Sky Championships. I am especially thrilled for our seniors who will be able to have their last Big Sky Championships at home."