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EWU’s Deyo focuses on others’ accomplishments

Wed., April 27, 2011, 7:53 p.m.

College track and field notes

In her job in Eastern Washington University’s sports information office, there’s only one athlete Krystal Deyo finds it impossible to write about.

Krystal Deyo.

This can be tricky, because in four years of competing in track and field for the Eagles, the senior from Castle Rock, Wash., has managed to leave her name all over the archives. She’s the school record holder indoors at 60 meters and outdoors in the long jump, and in the top 10 in four other events. With that sort of expertise, it’s hardly surprising that sports information director Dave Cook brought her on board as a student assistant to handle various releases and news accounts about the team.

“But it’s awkward,” she admitted. “I try to take an outside approach that I’m not on the team, which is difficult because I love being on the team. This last week I ran a season’s best (in the 100 meters) and somebody asked me, ‘Why didn’t you put it in the release?’ Well, because.”

Deyo competes at home for the last time Friday in the 40th Pelluer Invitational – the same meet in which she sailed 19 feet, 81/4 inches for that long jump record two years ago, and also holds the meet 100 record at 11.99 seconds. Her rapidly concluding senior year – the Big Sky championships are just two weeks away – has her in “kind in a panic mode, because I haven’t had any PRs this year. So I’m going to have to change that focus to the big picture: Conference championships are what really matter. So it’s time to jump big, run fast and get business done.”

It’s remarkable she’s doing business at all, after having blown a disk in her back 14 months ago for the second time in her career.

As a senior in high school, she returned five weeks after surgery to win the State 2A long jump. But at the 2010 Big Sky indoor meet, she was hauled off the track on a stretcher after the 60.

“My leg was convulsing and shaking and I had a shooting pain in my back, and couldn’t feel my legs,” she said. “They think the bulging disk might have touched my spinal nerve.”

She redshirted the outdoor season, watched her teammates break the school 4x100 relay record without her (she won the Big Skys with them in 2009) and while cleared to resume training until last summer, she can no longer lift weights. If her bests so far this season are a smidgen off, she also knows that on the right day maybe 20 feet or another conference title is in her.

And if it is?

“I guess I’d probably just make Dave write the release,” she said.

Beyond the stopwatch

Gonzaga’s Chris Boyle and Emily Thomas narrowly missed the school men’s and women’s records at 5,000 meters at last weekend’s Oregon Relays, but those races were otherwise eventful, too.

Thomas mistakenly began her last lap kick on the next-to-last lap – and came to a complete stop at the finish line before charging out again, still managing to pass another runner.

Boyle slashed 24 seconds from his previous best and three Zags broke 15 minutes in the same race for the first time. One of those, freshman Tate Kelly, had someone step on his heel at the start of the race and ran the entire distance with just one shoe.

Bell lap

Friday night’s Washington- Washington State dual figures to be the last track meet in Husky Stadium, renovation of which will eliminate the oval. The Cougar men are significant underdogs, unless coach Rick Sloan plans something tricky – and hurdles ace Jeshua Anderson said, “He gave me a list of what I’m going to do – a grocery list.” … The Pelluer is part of a weekend doubleheader here, with the Duane Hartman Invitational on Saturday at Spokane Falls. … With another Northwest Conference men’s title behind them, the Whitworth Pirates – led by national leaders Carter Comito (discus) and Alexander Hymel (javelin) – try to pad their NCAA Division III national entry list, which now numbers 18 provisional or automatic qualifiers. … Idaho junior college transfer Donavon Cunningham scrimmaged with the football team as a walk-on running back Saturday morning, then drove to Pullman and threw the discus a lifetime best 170-3 in the afternoon.

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