Friday, May 11, 2018

Eagle men's 4 x 100 relay and Rebecca Tarbert win Big Sky titles at conference championships...

MOSCOW, Idaho—Eastern Washington’s 4 x 100 meter relay team, anchored by Jeremy VanAssche (above/photo courtesy EWU Athletics) set a school record en route to winning the Big Sky Track & Field championship in that event Friday at the Dan O’Brien Track & Field Complex on the campus of the University of Idaho.

On an uncharacteristically cool and overcast May afternoon in the Palouse region, the team of Joe Gauthier, Jonah Mathews, Dawson Lack and VanAssche got to a great start, and with smooth handoffs on all three legs, put pressure on Northern Arizona and North Dakota to win comfortably in 40.39, with NAU second at 40.75, and North Dakota third at 41.36.

In the 100-meter dash, VanAssche ran the fastest time in school history by taking second with a time of 10.29, aided by a wind of 4.5 meters per second. He also owned the previous record with a time of 10.31 in 2016. Three other Eagles also competed in the 100, including Mathews in fourth (10.58), Gauthier in fifth (10.61) and Lack in sixth (10.71).

Senior Logan Stahl earned All-Big Sky honors in the 800 meters, finishing second with a time of 1:52.49, which is the second-best finish in school history at the championships.

Sophomore Keshun McGee continued his success from Thursday (May 10) by earning another medal in the triple jump, placing second with a mark of 51-6 1/4 (15.70m).

Hammer thrower Tim Beard was third with a mark of 190-4 (58.02m).

On the women’s side, Rebecca Tarbert took home the 100 meter title, running 11.64, aided by a +2.9 mps wind.

Two Eagles earned All-Big Sky honors in the pole vault with juniors Macey Weitz and Elizabeth Prouty placing third with a clearance of 12-8 1/4 (3.87m). Junior Paris Flenoy also earned the honors with a third-place finish in the shot put, throwing a personal-record of 47-7 3/4 (14.52m).

Junior Madison Doepker took home All-Big Sky honors, placing third in the javelin with a throw of 147-11 (45.08m).

The men finished fourth out of 12 teams with 92 points. On the women's side, EWU took sixth with 61 points.  Northern Arizona swept both the men’s and women’s team titles.

The Eagles did take some hits before and during the meet, as defending indoor pole vault champ Larry Still was hurt before the meet, and freshman sprinter Alexis Rolan, the conference’s top short sprinter, pulled her hamstring in the women’s 4 x 100 relay.  She gamely started the 100 meter final, walking the 100 meter distance in order to get the Eagles one point.

Next up for the Eagles is the NCAA Western Regionals in Sacramento in two weeks.

Complete results from the Big Sky Conference championships are available here.

NOTE: The Big Sky Conference, Eastern Washington University and Finished Results contributed to this report.

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