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College track and field: Idaho’s Zachary Short, Eastern Washington’s Keshun McGee win events at Big Sky Championships

UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018

From staff reports

MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho’s Zachary Short won the men’s shot put and Eastern Washington sophomore Keshun McGee took the men’s long jump during the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday.

Short, who also won the event at the Big Sky indoor meet, threw 59 feet, 7 3/4 inches on his fourth attempt and held off a challenge from Montana State’s Kyle Douglass (58-8). EWU senior Scott Miller placed fifth at 54-9 1/2.

McGee took the early lead at 24-9 3/4 and boosted that to his winning mark of 24-10 1/2 on his fifth attempt. EWU senior Trenton Osborn placed eighth at 23-8.

Idaho junior Austin Beyer placed third in men’s javelin at 212-0, beating his previous best by more than 13 inches. EWU freshman Gavin Lee (188-1) took sixth in the event.

Idaho sophomore Rechelle Meade placed third in the women’s long jump at 19-5 1/2. EWU freshman Alexis Rolan went 18-10 3/4 to take seventh in the event.

EWU senior Paula Gil-Echevarria placed third in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10 minutes, 33.36 seconds.

EWU also picked up sixth-place finishes from junior Aaron Pullin in men’s pole vault (15-5 1/2) and senior Tierra White in women’s high jump (5-5 3/4). Eagles junior Paris Flenoy took seventh in women’s discus (143-11).

Idaho junior Andrea Condie placed eighth in the women’s 10,000 in 35:27.85.

The Montana State men (44 points) and North Dakota women (52) lead the team race. Among men’s teams, EWU (22) is in seventh place and the host Vandals (16) are 10th. For women’s teams, EWU (13) is tied for ninth and the host Vandals (seven) are 12th.

The meet concludes Friday.

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