The last two weekends have been memorable ones for the Eastern Track & Field teams. Two weekends ago on April 23 they were down in Eugene, Ore. for the Oregon Invitational at the University of Oregon, and this past weekend they were down in sunny California for the Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine. Not only was the trip to Irvine about going to the beach, but also about setting some new impressive marks.
Distance runner Holly Evans got the fireworks started in the 3,000 meter steeple where she ran a personal best 11:02.2 while smashing both her previous best by 32 seconds and the school record by 15 seconds.
The fireworks kept going for the distance runners as later in the 1,500 Brandon Fuller (3:46.9) and John Timeus (3:52.9) both ran personal best times as Timeus moved up to 11th all time at EWU and Fuller moved up to 2th all time as well as qualifying for the NCAA Regional meet at Oregon.
Casey Kellogg kept the trend going as he ran a season best 1:53.8 in the 800. Camille Gibb added to the distance’s great day with another career best when she ran a 4:39 in the 1,500.
In the throws Jordan Graeme (155’11”) and Stephanie Ulmer (152’10”) finished first and third respectively in the javelin. They also are now sitting third and fourth all time for EWU. Amanda Bower also had a personal best throw of 149’11” in the hammer throw, while over in the hurdles Traci Mickle ran a career best 15.4.
Another one of the big highlights for the team was Jamie Griffith’s debut in the 400 hurdles. Waiting for her race Griffith said, “I just hope no one is going to laugh at me with this being my first time running this. Not to mention I’ve only practiced hurdles for three days.” When the race was over she got her wish, there wasn’t a person laughing. Everyone was too busy cheering her on as she finished with a time of 63.2 seconds, ranking her sixth all time in just her first time running it ever.
“That was a lot more fun than the open 400. I really liked running that,” she said after the race.
For all the athletes that have already qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships this was the last meet for them as they will more than likely take this weekend off for much deserved rest. For those who haven’t quite yet hit the qualifying mark, or just want another meet to practice and improve where they are ranked, they will compete in Moscow at Idaho’s Last Chance meet.
As the meet is called, that will be the last chance before the team heads down to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff for the Conference Championships.