Sunday, April 1, 2012

Eastern men split, while Eagle women swept at Al Manuel Invitational...

MISSOULA, Montana--The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s track and field team saw four more Big Sky conference qualifiers Saturday (March 31) at the Al Manuel Invite in Missoula.

Sprinters Angelica Rodriguez and Nicole Nida both qualified in the 400 with times of 57.14 and 57.38, respectively. Also, Whitney Leavitt and Shene Davis performed well in their sprint events. The four women also combined their efforts in the women’s 4x100 relay, in which they placed first with a time of 47.83.

Davis got the lone field event victory, winning the long jump with a leap of 17-10 3/4.

In the double dual format between Eastern, Montana, and Montana State, Montana beat the Eagles 97-72; Montana State beat the Eagles 124-71, and MSU beat their cross state rivals 104-88.

In the men's double dual, the Eagles came away with a split, beating Montana 112-84, but losing to Montana State 113-85. Montana State took care of Montana 110-86.

Winners for the Eagles included Michael Okoro in the 200 (21.72), Brad Michael in the 400 (48.18); Steven Warner in the 110 highs (14.80); and the 4 x 400 meter relay team in 3:18.30 consisting of Collin Green, Kramer Green, Nick Olsson and Okoro.

Complete results from the Al Manuel Invitational are available here.


Seattle Pacific's three national-caliber multi-event athletes will head to California for the UC Santa Barbara Multis on Monday and Tuesday at Westmont Track on the UCSB campus.

Making the trip are junior Nate Johnson (Boise, Idaho) for the men's decathlon, along with Ali Worthen (Coos Bay, Ore.) and junior Katy Gross (Everett, Wash./Cascade HS) for the women's heptathlon. Johnson is the defending GNAC decathlon champion, and Worthen won last year's heptathlon. Johnson also has won back-to-back GNAC indoor heptathlon titles, and Gross has two straight conference indoor pentathlon crowns.

Washington State decathletes Michael Bolligar and Sean Harris will also participate in the meet. Bolligar was third in the MPSF heptathlon in late February in Seattle, while Harris finished 13th at last year's Pac-10 championships in Tuscon.

Also competing in Santa Barbara is freshman Alec Fellows of the University of Oregon, a product of Edmonds-Woodway High School.

NOTE: The sports information offices of Eastern Washington, Montana, Washington State, and Seattle Pacific contributed to this report.

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