One final qualifying mark set for EWU track and field before Big Sky

By Brandon Cline, Staff Writer

In the last meet before the Big Sky Outdoor Championships, the EWU track and field team added a conference qualifying mark and set multiple season bests at the Sasquatch Carnival in Spokane on May 6.

The women’s hammer throw was the “event of the day” for the Eagles, according to women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. The top four finishers hailed from EWU, three of which set a season best in the event. Olivia Midles won the event and set a season best with a throw of 187-4. Emma Murillo and Kaytlyn Coleman came in right behind Midles with tosses of 182-3 and 181-9, respectively.

Sophomore Kelsie Forcier finished fourth place in the hammer throw and was EWU’s only qualifier of the day, throwing a season best of 181-6. Forcier crushed her old season high of 168-8 and is now slotted in 11th place in the hammer throw amongst Big Sky athletes during the outdoor season.

Anandae Clark won the pole vault with a jump of 12-1 1/2, just off her season best of 12-3 1/2. The EWU junior is ranked sixth amongst Big Sky athletes in the event. Katie Lynch finished her season by setting a personal record in the 800-meters with a time of 2:21.95.

In the final meet of her college career, Brittney Swanson went out on top, winning the 1,500-meters with a personal record of 5:07.49. Swanson finished just ahead of teammate Keeley Davidson, who ran a personal-best time of 5:07.52.

“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,” said Mecklenburg.

Cody Humphrey was the standout athlete for the men’s team, winning both the shot put and the discus. He threw a personal best in the shot put, tossing it 55-9 3/4, which ranks eighth in school history.

Humphrey also inched forward on the Big Sky rankings for athletes in the event, sitting in third place just behind Gus Margiotta of Northern Arizona University. In the discus, Humphrey is ranked fifth in the Big Sky with his season best of 170-7 coming at home during the Pelluer Invitational.

Dallas Snider was less than a second off of hitting the qualifying mark in the 800-meters, setting a personal best with a time of 1:54.22.

It was a personal best for Isaac Kitzan in the 1,500-meters as well, finishing with a time of 4:03.93. The time fell short of the qualifying mark and falls outside of the top 20 times in the event, ending Kitzan’s season.

“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,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr.

The Big Sky Outdoor Championships begin on May 13 and run through the 16th, as the Eagles play host to the 11 other teams in the conference at Roos Field.