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Eastern hosts 46th Pelluer Invitational


April 12, 2018

After months of traveling, the Eastern Washington University track and field team stays home this week, hosting the 46th annual Pelluer Invitational Friday and Saturday, April 13 - 14.

The events on Friday include the pole vault and discus. The pole vault has a unique location this year, taking place at the EWU Arevalo Student Mall area near the Pence Union Building renovation project. The men start at 2 p.m. with the women pole vaulters following. The discus also starts at 2 p.m. for both the women and men at the throws area at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center.

The remainder of the meet will be held Saturday with field events starting at 10 a.m. and running events beginning at 1 p.m. All events except the throws will take place that day at Roos Field.

“It is always great to compete on your home turf and the Pelluer Invitational gives our athletes the opportunity to do just do that,” women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenburg said.

The Eagles will feature seven top-3 performers in the Big Sky Conference during the meet. On the men’s side, junior Larry Still is the Big Sky leader in the pole vault with a mark of 16 feet, 7 1/2 inches. Sophomore Tim Beard is second in the hammer with a mark of 189-9.

For the women, freshman Alexis Rolan is the Big Sky leader in the 100 meters with a time of 11.65. Senior Rebecca Tarbert is second in the same event with a time of 11.98. In the 10,000 meters, senior Kari Hamilton is second (34:55.83) and senior Macey Weitz is third in the pole vault (12-9 1/2).

“Honoring the legacy of Arnie Pelluer has always been significant for us,” men’s head coach Stan Kerr said. “A lot of the credit goes to Jerry Martin who established the Pelluer Invitational to honor Arnie and his contributions to EWU’s track and field history.”

The Eagles competed at Spokane Falls Community College in the WAR XI April 6 and 7. The men took first out of the 18 teams competing while the women finished second out of 19.

Eastern brought home seven first-place titles throughout the meet. The women’s 4x100 relay team consisting of Medical Lake freshman Alexis Rolan, sophomore Sophie Bowles, freshman Bella Millsap and senior Rebecca Tarbert, took first with a time of 48.91. Junior Madison Doepker took first in the hammer with a throw of 166-6.

Sophomore Dawson Lack also from Medical Lake took first in the 100 meter race with a time of 11.03. Senior Logan Stahl also finished first in the 800 with a time of 1:51.55.

In the field events, senior Trenton Osborn finished first in the long jump with a mark of 21-feet, 6 inches. Scott Miller also took first in the shot put with a throw of 49-4 1/4. Sophomore Tim Beard earned first in the hammer with a mark of 186-9.


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