Track and Field Bozeman preview

By Grace Pohl, Staff Writer

The EWU track and field team is heading to Bozeman, Montana, for the Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 25-26. This year there are 21 qualifiers, 14 women and seven men, with 26 qualifying marks. Compared to last year, there were 36 qualifiers for the Championships.

After her weight throw at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Washington, senior Kaytlyn Coleman was given the award of the Big Sky Conference Athlete of the week for the second week in a row. This was the third time she was awarded this season. Coleman has thrown for first place for five consecutive weeks.

EWU has seven top ten athlete rankings in the West this year:
· Sophomore Jeremy VanAssche tied for eighth in the 60-meter
· The men’s distance medley relay, including, freshman Steaven Zachman, junior Austin Upmeyer, junior Logan Stahl, and junior Stephen Bottoms ranked seventh,
· Junior Sarah Reiter ranked seventh in the 5,000-meter
· The women’s distance medley relay, which included junior Paula Gil-Echevarria, sophomore Johanna Sherman, redshirt senior Katie Mahoney, and Reiter ranked fifth,
· Senior Jozie Kimes ranked eighth in the pentathlon
· Redshirt junior Kelsie Forcier ranked sixth in weight throw.
· Coleman ranked fourth in weight throw. Coleman also ranks 33rd in the nation.

Men’s Qualifiers/Records . . .
60 Meters – 6.84 – sophomore Jeremy VanAssche
60 Meters – 6.97 – freshman Jonah Mathews
***55 Meters – 6.49 – freshman Jonah Mathews
Heptathlon – 4,965 points – freshman Aaron Pullin
Pole Vault – 16-2 3/4 – freshman Larry Still
Pole Vault – 15-9 – senior Nick Stearns
Shot Put – 53-5 3/4 – redshirt sophomore Aaron Cunningham
***The 60 takes place at the Big Sky Championships, but competitors may also qualify for that event by meeting qualifying standards in the 55 meters.

Women’s Qualifiers/Records . . .
60 Meters – 7.63 – sophomore Rebecca Tarbert
3,000 Meters – 9:39.19 – junior Sarah Reiter
5,000 Meters – 16:41.75 – junior Sarah Reiter
5,000 Meters – 17:04.32 – redshirt junior Berenice Penaloza
5,000 Meters – 17:35.57 – senior Mayra Chavez
High Jump – 5-7 – sophomore Tierra White
Weight Throw – 62-8 1/2 – senior Kaytlyn Coleman
Weight Throw – 56-10 1/4 – redshirt junior Kelsie Forcier
Shot Put – 47-6 1/4 – senior Kaytlyn Coleman
Pole Vault – 12-6 1/4 – redshirt junior Anandae Clark
Pole Vault – 12-5 1/2 – freshman Elizabeth Prouty
Pole Vault – 12-0 1/2 – freshman Samantha Raines
Pentathlon – 3,499 points – senior Jozie Kimes
***The 60 takes place at the Big Sky Championships, but competitors may also qualify for that event by meeting qualifying standards in the 5

“This meet in Bozeman on Friday will carry significant value as it is the first of just two remaining meets before the Big Sky Indoor Championships at the end of this month,” said head coach Stan Kerr. “Our team has been making great strides in preparation for the indoor championships. Going head-to-head with the other three Big Sky schools will be a first rate test of our readiness to perform at a championship level.”