Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Eastern and Gonzaga in Moscow for Idaho Duals, while WSU hosts Cougar Indoor...

Four of the Big Sky Conference’s northern members, including Eastern Washington, will converge Friday to the Kibbie Dome In Moscow, for Friday’s Idaho Duals, hosted by the University of Idaho.

In addition to Eastern Washington, Montana, Portland State, and host Idaho, Gonzaga will have a number of athletes competing in the meet.

One of the best matchups of the meet will be between the Big Sky’s top two horizontal jumpers, Eastern’s Keshun McGee (left/photo courtesy EWU) and Idaho’s Kasin Pendergrass-Anderson in both the long and triple jumps.

McGee extended his conference lead in the triple jump at last week’s UW Invitational, bounding a personal best of 51-4.5 (15.66m), a mark that ranks #20 in the nation entering this weekend’s meets.

Pendergrass-Anderson leads the Big Sky in the long jump with a best of 24-5.75 (7.46m).

Another matchup to watch is the one between the conference’s #2 hurdler, Eastern’s Parker Bowden and Idaho’s Ben Doucette, ranked #3 this season.  Bowden’s run a converted 8.08 (7.50 for 55H) while Doucette’s run 8.09. Bowden has a season best 8.18, set last week in Seattle.

Idaho’s Rechelle Meade and Maegan McCurdy, the top two in the Big Sky, are expected to battle in the women’s long jump, with Meade holding the conference lead by almost a foot over McCurdy, 20-3 (6.17m) to 19-4 (5.89m).

The Eagles go into the meet with the top two female short sprinters in Alexis Rolan and Rebecca Tarbert. Rolan’s run 7.61 this season, while Tarbert, a former conference champ, has run 7.62.

Gonzaga’s strength will be in the distance races, though they will not run their top-line runners who competed in Seattle last week.

The meet begins at 9:00 am, and will be streamed free via the University of Idaho’s web site and the PlutoTV app.

Across the state border from Moscow, Washington State hosts the Cougar Indoor meet Friday and Saturday, with the multi events contested Friday, along with a limited number of field events.

The majority of the running events will be run Saturday.

Besides the host Cougars, a limited number of athletes from Gonzaga who won’t run in Moscow, along with entries from Central Washington and Saint Martin’s, will run on Saturday in Pullman.

NOTE: The sports information offices of the University of Idaho, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Washington State, the Big Sky Conference and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference contributed to this report.

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