Sunday, December 8, 2013

Eagles' season opener nets 14 qualifying marks for Big Sky indoor championships..

CHENEY--The Eastern Washington University track and field team had 11 athletes meet conference standards, with three earning two each to attain a total of 14 Big Sky qualifying marks at the Candy Cane VI Invitational Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6-7) at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse.

Nick Stearns kicked off the solid weekend for the Eagles, earning a qualifying score of 4,729 points in his first heptathlon, a mark that ranks him fifth all time in school history.

On the track, senior Steven Warner (left/photo courtesy EWU Athletics) had the most notable mark of the meet, running 7.61 in the prelims of the 55 meter hurdles, and following it up with a 7.63 time to win the finals.

In the women's pole vault, All-American Keisa Monterola, who only has indoor eligibility left at Eastern, won the event with a mark of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m).

The Eagles had 11 event winners at the Candy Cane Invite, with seven on the men’s side and four for the women.

In dual-team scoring, the Eagle men defeated the University of Montana Grizzlies 53-38, while the Eastern and Montana women tied 52-52.

The Eagles will take over a month off before they head to Seattle to compete at the UW Indoor Preview on January 18th.

NOTE:  The sports information department at Eastern Washington University contributed to this report.

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