Saturday, December 2, 2017

Eagles sweep Montana in Candy Cane X indoor meet; Landis wins heptathlon with NCAA D2 leading mark...

CHENEY—The Eastern Washington men’s and women’s track and field teams opened up the 2017-18 indoor season Saturday with a sweep of the University of Montana at the Candy Cane X meet at Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse on the campus of Eastern Washington University.

The Eagle men’s squad took the team competition over the Grizzlies by a 62-41 count, while the women squeaked out the win by a 54-52 count.

The best performance of the meet was a double victory by sophomore Keshun McGee (left/photo courtesy EWU Athletics), as he took the long jump with a best of 23-10.25 (7.27m) and the triple jump with a best of 49-9 (15.16m), both of which were meet records.

Eastern athletes won every men’s running event on the docket, with Parker Bowden winning the 55 hurdles in a meet record 7.50, which is the third fastest mark in school history.

On the women’s side, former Big Sky indoor sprint champ Rebecca Tarbert won the 55m dash in 7.07, and freshman Kaitlin Gibb won the 55 hurdles in 8.29.

The best women's mark was set by Elizabeth Prouty of the Eagles, who cleared a personal best 12-10.75 (3.93m) in winning the pole vault.

Landis, who led after Friday’s first four events with 2846 points, only won one event in day 2, taking the pole vault with a best of 15-11 (4.85m) for 865 points, which was a new school record.

He opened the day by running 8.21 in the 55 hurdles for 781 points, and finished the day by running 2:53.66, worth 728 points.

Teammate Braydon Maier finished in second with 4859 points, while Grant Whitcutt of Montana was third with 4709 points. Race Treat of Eastern Washington was fourth with a two-day total of 4352 points.

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

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