FLAGSTAFF, Arizona--Eastern Washington's distance crew racked up 20 points in the steeplechase to highlight competition at the Big Sky Conference championship meet at Lumberjack Stadium on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
Catie Arrigoni (above/photo courtesy Eastern Washington University) won the steeple in a time of 10:58.30, in a race where the altitude played a big role in the times. Teammates Katie Mahoney (11:07.24) and Paula Gil-Echevarria (11:11.79) went 3-5 behind Arrigoni.
“The race was really hard,” said Arrigoni. “Within the second lap, I noticed (the altitude) and realized it was going to be difficult. I love steeplechase though and it’s really competitive. It’s a change from the doing the 1,500 or the 5K and to win was really big for me. I didn’t think it was possible but I kept telling myself it was. It’s a big accomplishment and I’m really proud.”
In the men's shot put, Eagle senior Jon Buchanan earned the top spot on the podium with his victory, throwing 57-11 3/4 (17.67m).
“It feels really good; it’s the first (gold medal) I’ve won,” said Buchanan. “The competition started a little slow but it started to pick up when finals started and it took me a while to get into it. It’s mixed feelings because I didn’t throw what I wanted to throw, but I’m still really happy that I won.”
In team scoring through seven events, the EWU women sit third with 38 points behind Northern Arizona (71) and Montana State (39). The Eagle men are currently fifth with 24 points. The Montana State men lead with 50 points and Northern Arizona is second with 45.
The meet concludes Saturday with field events starting at 10 a.m. and track events at noon (PST).
In Orem, Utah, Seattle University senior Dylan Burnett and teammate Malaki Seanoa finished 1-2 in the men's javelin to highlight the Redhawks' day at the Western Athletic Conference championships at Hal Wing Track & Field on the campus of Utah Valley University.
Burnett won with a season best of 221-7 (67.53m), while Seanoa threw 186-7 (56.88m).
“I’m thrilled for Dylan getting another championship win, especially back where he did it the first time,” Seattle U head track and field coach Trisha Steidl said. “Going 1-2 in the men’s javelin was awesome, as Malaki did a good job making that happen today.”
The Seattle U men are currently in fifth place with 24 points, while the women are in seventh place with 15 points. Idaho leads in both the men’s and women’s team standings, with Utah Valley behind by almost 20 points in both cases.
The fourth and final day of the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m. local time (8 a.m. Pacific time) with the men’s hammer throw.
NOTE: The sports information offices of Eastern Washington University and Seattle University contributed to this report.