Monday, March 1, 2010

Weekend roundup: Nicole Luckenbach wins Big Sky weight throw title...

Senior Nicole Luckenbach (left/photo courtesy Eastern Washington University) set a new meet record en route to winning the weight throw title as the Eastern Washington University track and field team concluded the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships Saturday (Feb. 27) in Bozeman, Montana.

In team scoring, the EWU men were fifth with 77.16 points, while the women were sixth with 58 points. Northern Arizona won the men's title with 132 points and Sacramento State won the women's title with 167 1/2 points.

Luckenbach had a career-best mark of 65-9 to win the weight throw and set a new meet record. She broke the mark of 62-6 set by Northern Arizona's Anna Soderburg in 1996. Luckenbach's mark also broke her own school record that she set earlier this season with a throw of 61-11 3/4 to meet the NCAA provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships.

Complete results from the Big Sky Conference meet can be accessed here.

Eastern Washington's release can be read here…

In Vermillion, South Dakota, the Seattle University women's track and field team finished sixth at the Great West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, but a couple of mistakes cost the men's team as it finished in eighth place Saturday at the DakotaDome.

The team of Meeghan Bergmann, Clare Obradovich , Elena Collins and Rachel Purcell finished fifth in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:03.56, breaking the old mark of 4:04.11 set at the 2009 UW Invitational. The women finished sixth overall with 14.5 points, with South Dakota earning the conference championship over Utah Valley.

On the men's side, Zach Stanfield was SeattleU's top placer, as he finished third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.31 seconds and sixth in the 60 meter dash in 7.04 seconds.

Complete results from the Great West Conference championships can be accessed here.

SeattleU's release can be read here.


One result omitted from our report on the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships had Jake Shanklin, a Ellensburg native and former Spokane Falls CC thrower, finishing ninth in the weight throw with a mark of 69-2.5/21.09m (thanks to sharp eyed reader Martin Bingisser!).

Former Washington State University high jumper Ebba Jungmark finished second in the Swedish indoor national championships with a mark of 6-1.25/1.86m.

Finally, here's a link to results from the SPU Last Chance meet held Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor and their press release, following the conclusion of the MPSF Championships.

NOTE: The sports information offices at Eastern Washington University, Seattle Pacific, and Seattle University contributed to this report.

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