Duo comes close to school records as they qualify for the Big Sky Indoor Championships at the Candy Cane VIII
After qualifying for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in the first meet of the season, sophomore Rebecca Tarbert and freshman Aaron Pullin were awarded their first track and field Athlete of the Week honors by the league for the week of Dec. 7.
Tarbert, a sophomore from East Wenatchee, Wash., ran away with a victory in the 55-meter dash at EWU's Candy Cane VIII Invitational with a time of 6.99 seconds. She won the event by .24 seconds over0 the runner-up and qualified for the Big Sky Championships. Her time moved her to seventh all-time in Big Sky history and third on EWU's all-time best list. Tarbert recorded the two fastest times on the day in the event, also clocking 7.04 in the preliminaries. Her time converts to 7.53 in the 60-meter dash, which ranks 10th in the country early in the season.
At last year's Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships, Tarbert competed in the 60-meter dash (7.63) and 200-meter dash (25.24) but did not place in either event.
Pullin, a freshman from Centralia, Wash., put together a score of 4,965 points to win the heptathlon at the Candy Cane VIII in his first meet as an Eagle. He moved up to No. 2 all-time at Eastern with the performance. His heptathlon score is the fifth-best mark in the country so far this season.
Qualifying for the conference meet in the process, Pullin won five of the seven events in the two-day competition, finishing first in the 55 dash, long jump, shot put, 55 hurdles and pole vault. His best scores came in the 55 dash (6.62 seconds, 840 points) and 55 hurdles (8.16, 793).
The Eagles continue the 2015-16 season on Jan. 15-16 at the University of Washington Preview at the Dempsey Indoor track and field facility in Seattle, Wash.