Thursday, May 10, 2018

Keshun McGee wins Big Sky long jump title for Eagles...

MOSCOW, Idaho—Eastern Washington sophomore Keshun McGee (left/photo by Paul Merca) took control of the men’s long jump competition early, as he won the competition to highlight the Eagles’ day at the Big Sky Track & Field championships Thursday at the Dan O’Brien Track & Field Complex on the campus of the University of Idaho.

McGee, jumping in the second flight, put pressure on the field early with a first round jump of 24-9.75 (7.56m) to take the lead.

Sacramento State’s Cory Barger answered with a first round mark of 24-8.25 (7.52m), but could not quite catch McGee.

In the fifth round, McGee extended his lead to 24-10.5 (7.58m) to seal the victory, and a personal best to boot.

Eagle senior Trenton Osborn finished eighth in the competition with a best of 23-8 (7.22m), on a cool, cloudy but windy day in the Palouse.

In the women’s 3000 steeplechase, Eagle senior Paula Gil-Echevarria from Spain hung with the lead group for most of the race, but finished third in 10:33.36, as Portland State’s Sarah Medved won in 10:30.35.

This is the third time that the senior has been given the honors, as she took third in the same event in 2015 and 2016.

In Thursday’s qualifying heats, a total of 14 Eagles advance to the finals on Friday, including four in the men’s 100-meter dash.

Senior Jeremy VanAssche took third (10.58), junior Jonah Mathews placed fourth (10.65), sophomore Dawson Lack earned sixth (10.721) with freshman Joe Gauthier right behind him in seventh (10.726). VanAssche also advanced in the 200 meters, placing seventh with a time of 21.61 in the prelims.

After seven events in the men’s competition, the Eagles stand seventh with 22 points, while in the women’s competition, Eastern is tied for ninth with 13 points.

Montana State is the men’s leader with 44 points, while North Dakota leads the women’s competition at 52 points.

Fourteen events remain to be contested Friday.

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


In Lawrence, Kansas, Seattle University’s Olivia Stein won the Western Athletic Conference 10000 meter title Thursday.

Stein ran 35:51.29 to outdistance runner-up McKayla Walker of Utah Valley by almost 25 seconds, as Walker crossed in 36:15.44.

In the men’s 10000, the Redhawks’ Collin Olson finished sixth in 33:52.23.

The link to the live results for the WAC Championships is available here.

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

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