This weekend, at the Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field Conference Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., a trio of Mikes made history as they became the first ever from Eastern to sweep an event at a championship meet. Mike Erickson (senior), Mike Krings (junior) and Mike Uhlenkott (freshman) swept the pole vault competition, while Mike Erickson also went on to win the event and set the school record with a vault of 16.7.25”. Krings and Uhlenkott both cleared a personal best of 16’.75” as it tied them for fouth all time at Eastern. Krings cleared it on his first attempt to give him the silver while Uhlenkott cleared it on his third attempt to win the bronze and to lock up the sweep.The trio made it very clear to everyone of the sweep as they brought a broom with them to the award podium.“It was definitely the most exciting thing that I’ve ever seen at the track meet. The experience was just so unreal, it was amazing. Not just because of me winning the event, but to see us as a group do something like that at the championships,” said senior Erickson. “It just proves how important team unity is, makes the experiences that much greater than just doing it by yourself. I also learned during the competition that faith is action.” Another trio showed off earlier during the meet on Friday. Seniors Justin Drake (23’11.5”) and David Sargeant (23’6”) finished third and fourth in the long jump as sophomore Geoff Penrod (23’1.25”) joined them finishing sixth. Both Sargeant’s and Penrod’s jumps were a personal best for them. “Penrod wins the bravery award for the meet, if there was such an award. After having a kidney stone removed only two weeks ago and to come back and have his best jump ever means a lot to the program. And I know it meant even more to the seniors as well as himself,” said Head Men’s Coach Stan Kerr. To stick with the idea of three, junior thrower David Paul placed in all three of his events. Paul threw 188’1” in the hammer to place him seventh, 53’10.25” in the shot to finish fifth, and then finished as All-Conference in the discus finishing third with a throw of 160’7”. Paul’s hammer throw also now ranks him eighth all time at Eastern as well as it qualified him for the NCAA regional meet that will be held in two weeks down at Oregon’s Hayward Field.The only other men who finished as All-Conference were Billy Grubbs and Brandon Fuller. Grubbs finished third in the triple jump with a career best jump of 48’10”. Fuller got second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:25.01) and then came back the next day to finish fourth in the 1,500 (3:59.53). Others who finished in the top eight were: Zach Guydish in the javelin (fourth), Mike Quinn in the hammer (fourth), Sargeant in the decathlon (fourth), Mat Ludwigson in the decathlon (fifth), John Timeus in both the 10,000 (fifth) and the 5,000 (sixth), Drake in the 100 (eighth) and Casey Kellogg in the 800 (eighth).The men’s team finished third with 105 points, finishing behind Montana State (169) and lost out second to Weber State (113) by only eight points. The 105 points scored is the second most points scored for Eastern. The third place finish will give them some extra motivation in attempt to repeat or even improve next season. Flagstaff will hold next year’s indoor championships while the outdoor championships will be held at Eastern’s very own Woodward Stadium.