Reiter and Coleman have record-setting day

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Reiter and Coleman have record-setting day

By Grace Pohl, staff writer

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The women’s track team went up against the University of Montana and won by a team score of 76-72 at the 44th Annual Pelluer Invite on April 8.

Both junior Sarah Reiter and senior Kaytlyn Coleman had a record-setting day. Reiter won with the second fastest 1,500-meter time in school history and broke the 33-year-old meet record that was previously held by Sherrie Crang of Idaho in 1983 with a 4:29.1 time. Reiter ran it in a time of 4:28.91, and it was a qualifying time for the Big Sky Championships.

The only person in front of her for the best time in school history is redshirt senior Katie Mahoney, who ran it in a time of 4:24.05 in 2014. Mahoney finished right behind Reiter with a 4:35.60 time to place second.

“I didn’t really know what to expect because I do not typically run the 1,500 but I just wanted to try and hang on and get a personal best, so I was happy,” said Reiter. “I think the meet went well and that as a team we are continuing to improve and progress through the season.”

Coleman broke the school record along with the Pelluer Invitational record in the hammer throw, while also winning the shot put competition.

The previous Pelluer Invitational record was 195-10, set in 2014 by Olivia Midles — a former EWU athlete. Nicole Luckenbach set the previous school record in 2010 with a 199-8 throw. Coleman beat both the records with a 200-1 throw. Coleman also went on to win the shot put with a Big Sky-qualifying throw of 47-7 1/4.

“What a great series of throws by Kaytlyn Coleman. Going over 200 in the hammer puts her at a different level and it was great to get that hammer school record,” head coach Marcia Mecklenburg said.

Junior Erin Clark and freshman Elizabeth Prouty tied for the Pelluer title in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-1 1/2. Junior Anandae Clark placed third after clearing 12-1 1/2, but lost in the tiebreakers. Sophomore Macey Weitz placed fourth. They all qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships with their jumps.

The 4×100 relay team won the Pelluer title with a season-best time of 47.09. The team consisted of junior Paige Hammock, senior Erika Lombardo, freshman Sofia Pizzillo and sophomore Rebecca Tarbert.

Junior Samantha Baker threw the javelin with a mark of 141-6, qualifying for the Big Sky championships. Sophomore Bridgette Underwood was barely behind Baker, throwing for 139-2. Underwood already qualified for the league championships with her previous best of 143-8.

Some of the track team will go on to the Mt. SAC Relays at Walnut, California, on April 13-16. The others will go on to the Long Beach Invitational in Cerritos, California, on April 15-16.

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