Senior finishes VIII with 3,499 points, breaking the previous school and Thorpe Fieldhouse records, and qualifying for the Big Sky Indoor Championships
Cheney, Wash. – Senior Jozie Kimes won the pentathlon with 3,499 points, and set two new records in the process, to highlight the first day of the Eastern Washington University track and field team's Candy Cane VIII Friday (Dec. 4) in the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse.
Surpassing her previous personal best of 3,359, Kimes broke the previous school record of 3,360 set by Christie Kight in 2002. Kight also held the previous Thorpe Fieldhouse record with the same mark. Kimes qualified for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships with her point total.
The Eagles had four athletes from the men's and women's team competing in Friday's combined events competition. Kimes, junior Kendra Hamm, and freshman Loryn Musgrove competed in the women's pentathlon while freshman Aaron Pullin competed in the men's heptathlon.
The women competed in five events, the 55-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800 meter dash. Kimes finished first in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.60 and the high jump with a height of 5-5 1/4. Kimes finished second in the shot put with a distance of 32-7, long jump with a distance of 16-9 3/4, and 800 with a time of 2:28.05. Her high jump of 5-5 1/4 ranks her ninth on the EWU all-time indoor leaders list.
Hamm finished in second place at the meet with 3,256 points to rank fifth in school history. The junior finished first in the long jump with a distance of 17-0 1/2.
Musgrove finished the first four events with 2,116, but did not compete in the 800. Musgrove finished second in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.77.
For the men's heptathlon, Pullin finished the first day as the leader with 2,812 points. Pullin competed in four events, finishing first in the 55-meter dash (6.62), first in the long jump (21-5 1/4), first in the shot put (39-5), and second in the high jump (6-0 1/2).
The men's heptathlon will finish on Saturday with events starting at 9 a.m. Individual field events in the regular portion of the meet will begin Saturday at 10 a.m., with running events set to follow at 12:30 p.m. utilizing a rolling schedule. The meet will feature dual meet scoring between Eastern and Montana.