Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mannucci Wins Big Sky Triple Jump Title; Curatilo & Melu win WAC crowns...

CHENEY—Eastern Washington senior Morena Mannucci (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the triple jump title on the final day of competition at the Big Sky Championships at Roos Field on the campus of Eastern Washington University.

The Italian senior, competing at home for the final time in her injury-filled career at Eastern Washington, set a new school record of 41-1.75 (12.54m) in the first round and force the field to chase her.

"What a great way to end Morena's last Big Sky Conference Championship," said EWU women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg. "Nobody even came close to her in that event, it was a storybook ending."

The Eagles’ 4 x 100 relay squad of Paige Hammock, Erika Lombardo, Brooke Monson, and Rebecca Tarbert finished third in a photo finish in a time of 46.15 (46.143).

Kelsie Forcier was third for EWU in the discus, throwing 156-3 (47.62m).

On the men’s side, EWU got a third place finish from Phil Puccino in the triple jump, leaping 48-3.5 (14.72m).

Sacramento State and Northern Arizona tied for the men’s team title with 157 points in one of the most improbable finishes to a conference meet, while Eastern finished fifth with 72 points.

The Eastern women finished the meet in fifth place, scoring 80 points, as Sacramento State too the women’s title.

In Orem, Utah, Sophie Curatilo of Seattle University won the women’s 1500 at the Western Athletic Conference championship meet, running 4:40.81.

After winning the 1500, she finished second in the 5000, running 17:43.25.

Shaddye Melu of the Redhawks followed up his high jump win with a victory in the 400, as he ran 47.39.

Joe Charbonneau was second in the 800, running 1:54.95.

In the women’s high jump, Mandie Maddux was second with a clearance of 5-3.75 (1.62m).

Madison Davis (2;13.52) and Alisa Poplawski (2:13.82) were second and third in the women’s 800.

In the men’s 1500, Collin Overbay was third in a time of 3:56.84.

SeattleU finished fifth in the men’s competition with 71.5 points, as Utah Valley took the team title.  The Redhawks were sixth in the women’s competition with 79 points, as the University of Missouri-Kansas City won with 199 points.

NOTE:  The sports information office of Seattle University and Eastern Washington University contributed to this report.

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