Observer staff

Dominance in men’s javelin was one of the highlights for the Eastern Oregon track and field team Friday and Saturday at the NNU Open in Nampa, Idaho.

The Mountaineers claimed the top three spots in men’s javelin, with the 1-2-3 effort coming from Jakob Sandhagen (195-feet-1), Moses McAninch (187-feet-11) and Dawson Kennon (184-feet-3). The marks by Sandhagen and McAninch automatically qualified them for the NAIA national championship meet, and Sandhagen’s distance was fourth best in EOU history.

The men’s team added a victory from Jeff Patterson in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.79 seconds. Patterson was also on the winning men’s 4x400 relay team with Cooper Shaw, Brennen LeBel and Braxton Wilson, who won in a time of 3:31.31.

A fourth win came from Allex Kosel, who took top honors in the triple jump at 43-feet-11-3/4. Kosel was also third in the long jump at 20-feet-11-1/4.

EOU claimed second- and third-place finishes in the pole vault from Sam Roddewig (13-feet-7-1/4) and Jonah Coats (13-feet-1-1/2). Also in third were Hunter Schiess in the steeplechase (9:59.39) and Devin Lewis-Allen in the 400 (49.49) and placing fourth were Branden Phanmaha in the 100 (11.50) and Shaw in the 200 (23.21).

The EOU women were just as strong, if not more so, claiming 14 first- or second-place efforts, highlighted by a trio of victories. The 4x400 relay team of Megan Bolton, Olivia Lake, Michelle Herbes, Elizabeth Herbes won handily in a time of 4:00.95. Morgan Reddington earned the top spot in the long jump at first at 17-feet-3-1/4, and Payton Jolley led a 1-2-4 effort by EOU in the pole vault with a winning mark of 10-feet-11-3/4. Teammates Kennedy Lake (10-feet-6) and JoAnna Campbell (9-feet-0-1/4) followed in second and fourth, respectively.

Paige Dodd posted a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles in 15.03, a time that was the second best in program history. Maggie Ledbetter, Elizabeth Herbes and Danielle Church also had second-place finishes that were top-10 efforts in the program: Ledbetter placed second in the discus (135-feet-2) for the sixth-best mark at EOU; Herbes was second in the 200 (25.76) and ninth best at the school; and Church’s second-place finish in the shot put (39-feet-6-1/2) was 10th all time at Eastern. Church was also second in the hammer throw (143-feet-1) and Herbes was second in the 100 (12.79). Also claiming runner-up efforts were Karianne Zollman in the javelin (128-feet-6), Megan Boals in the 800 (2:20.75), Haley White in the 400 hurdles (1:08.67) and Victoria Branch in the triple jump (35-feet-7-1/4).

Eastern picked up third-place showings from Ledbetter in the shot put (38-feet-11-1/2), Lane in the high jump (5-feet-1) and Emily Palmer in the 400 hurdles (1:09.98), and in fourth were White in the 100 hurdles (15.89), Kinnah Rhodes in the 100 (13.10), Faith Homer in the 800 (2:21.72), Dodd in the 200 (26.52) and Kaitlyn Burgess, Katie Emerson, Homer and Palmer in the 4x400 relay (4:22.25).

EOU is back in action today and Tuesday at the Boxer Combined Event in Forest Grove.