Sunday, March 31, 2013

WEEKEND RECAP: Eagles nab eight wins in Montana; Zag distance runners break five school records...

Here's a recap of what happened with the state's Division I & II schools over the weekend:

In Missoula, Montana, Eastern Washington's Phil Puccino (above/photo courtesy Eastern Washington University) won the triple jump and finished third in the high jump as the Eagles competed in the Al Manuel Invitational hosted by the University of Montana.

Puccino won the triple jump in his season debut, stretching the tape out to 47-11 1/4 (14.61m) with a slight 0.2 aiding wind.

Marlyn Anderson led a 1-2 Eagle finish in the shot put, winning with a mark of 55-1 (16.79m).

Other Eagle winners included Jordan Arakawa in the hammer (208-1/63.43m), Kris Durr in the long jump (22-0 3/4/6.72m),  and Brad Wall in the 400 (47.72), as teammate Brad Michael finished second in 47.84.

Robin Taylor won the women's pole vault with a clearance of 12-9 1/2 (3.90m), as 2012 NCAA All-American Keisa Monterola continues her struggles with another no-height; Emma Murillo won the discus at 143-0 (43.60m); and, Olivia Midles took the hammer at 173-2 (52.78m).

The Eagles head to Boise for the All-Idaho Cup, hosted by Boise State on April 5-6.

At the Texas Relays, University Place resident Andrea Geubelle won the triple jump, as the reigning NCAA indoor champ in both the long and triple jumps from the University of Kansas jumped a wind-aided 45-1 3/4 (13.76m).

In the Bay Area, Gonzaga runners broke five school records at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and at the Stanford Invitational.

At Stanford, Emily Thomas improved her school record by 20 seconds by finishing ninth in Section 2 in 34:41.97.

Lindsey Drake broke Thomas' school record in the 5000, as she ran 16:38.62.

Nick Roche ran 9:09.29 to break the school record of 9:26.41 set in 1996.

Lauren Bergam, who broke her record last week at the Buc Scoring Invite, did so again at the S.F. State Distance Carnival, running a 10:58.98 to become the first Zag woman to eclipse the 11-minute barrier. She set the record last year with an 11:31.64 and ran an 11:14.24 last week.

Freshman Conor McCandless shattered the 5000 meters record with a 14:08.77 to finish fifth at the S.F. Distance Carnival.

In the men's 10000, SeattleU's Erik Barkhaus ran 31:45.76 at the S.F. Distance Carnival.  He was the only Redhawk competing in the meet.

Most of Washington's Division II schools competed in Saturday's Club Northwest Spring Break meet at West Seattle Stadium on Saturday.

Unfortunately, other than the recaps written by Seattle Pacific and co-host Western Washington, we can't tell you any highlights, because as of Sunday night, results had not been posted on host Club Northwest's site or on the TFRRS site, which is the site used as a clearinghouse for collegiate marks.

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

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