OGDEN --The Weber State track and field team picked up three new Big Sky Conference qualifiers in a "tune-up meet" at the Stromberg Gym at home on Saturday.
Natasha Powell qualified in the shot put with a mark of 44-07.00. Meanwhile the men had to sprinters qualify for the conference meet next week. Tony Osheku Jr. and Jesse Krey both qualified in the 55-meter dash.
"Mostly, the races today was to sharpen the guys up and run them at some distances shorter than they usually run," men's head coach Dan Walker said. "We try to get them some speed work this week to get them ready for the Big Sky meet next week. We were fortunate to get the two extra guys qualified in the sprints and everybody else seemed to do what we hoped they would do."
Osheku ran the 55-meter in 6.46 and won the event while Krey ran the race in 6.47 seconds to finish second.
Jonathan McUne's 55-meter hurdle time of 7.57 was a seasonal-best for him and moves him into second-place in the Big Sky this indoor season.
Meanwhile, on the women's side, Powell is now qualified in two events for next week's conference meet. She had already qualified in the weight throw.
"This is basically a tune-up meet for us," women's head coach Jim Blaisdell said. "Conference meets are what we train for and get ready for all season so it's exciting that we are at that point now. For the most part, we are right where we want to be with this team."
Blaisdell expects to take between 20 and 22 girls up to Pocatello, Idaho, next week for the Big Sky meet.
Freshman Emily Black from Weber High School won the 200-meter dash in the meet and freshman Tawnie Moore from Fremont high school won the 55-meter hurdles. Moore's time of 8.18 is her career-best time.
Another freshman, Paige Cooper, won both the high jump and the triple jump in the meet. Her triple jump mark of 37-01.00 is a career-best and good for the tenth-best mark in the conference.
The Big Sky Indoor Championship meet will take place this week, Feb. 27 through March 1 in Pocatello, Idaho, at Idaho State University.