Vikings have 1-2-3-4 sweep in 400 meters, same quartet wins 4x400 relay
Vikings' Jackson and Riek finish one-two in men's 5,000
451 athletes signed up to compete
Vikings' 4x400 men's relay posts impressive time of 3:16.49
Halsell earns third league indoor Coach of the Year honor, 23rd overall
In 26th year as head indoor and outdoor track and field men's and women's coach and head men's and women's cross country coach at Western ... Has received league Coach of the Year honors 21 times, region honors three times and area honors once ... Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year 10 times (men's indoor track in 2005 and 2006, men's outdoor track 2005, 2010 and 2012, women's outdoor track 2009, men's cross country 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2010) ... Has coached eight national champions in track ... Under his guidance, 79 Vikings have earned All-America honors in track and 26 in cross country ... Also has had 42 (does not include 2012) National Scholar-Athletes in track and 42 in cross country ... His teams have had 15 Top 10 national meet finishes in cross country and three in track ... In 2011, his women's squad placed sixth at NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the highest finish in school and GNAC history ... In 2009, his men's and women's cross country teams placed fourth and eighth, respectively, at nationals, the highest finishes in school history ... ... Directed women's cross country team to fourth place at NAIA National Championships in 1992 and women's track squad to eighth place at nationals in 1997 ... Prior to stay at WWU was assistant coach for eight years at Wayland Baptist University (TX) ... During tenure at WBU, Pioneers placed second three times in men's division and twice in women's division at NAIA National Outdoor meet, and won three men's titles (1985-87) and one women's crown (1986) at NAIA National Indoor meet ... Coached 43 NAIA All-Americans at WBU ... Obtained bachelor's degree in 1981 and master's degree in 1985, both at WBU ... Also attended South Plains College (TX), being student assistant coach on Texans' squad that placed fourth at the National Junior College Outdoor meet in 1979 ... Went to Moscow, Russia, during summer of 1983 to study track & field techniques in the Soviet Union ... Served two years (2004-06) as president of Division II U.S. Track Coaches Association for cross country after being vice-president for two years (2002-04) ... A 1976 graduate of Brownfield (TX) High School ... 54 years old ... Experienced mountain climber, having scaled Rainier, Baker, Shuksan, Adams, Glacier Peak, Shasta and Hood ... He and wife Maria, who was NAIA national champion javelin thrower at Wayland Baptist TX, have two daughters, Sarah 11 and Laura 9.
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