Feb. 1, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Brett Watson (Jr., Ferndale) cleared 6-10 1/4 in the men's high jump, breaking a school record that had stood for 22 years, and Chip Jackson (Sr., Shoreline/Shorewood) won the men's mile to highlight Western Washington University final-day action Saturday at the University of Washington Indoor Track & Field Invitational held at Dempsey Indoor on the UW campus.
Watson, who placed fifth in the high jump, broke the mark of 6-9 set by Ron Olson in 1992. Jackson's mile time was 4:07.95, less than a second off the school record.
The performances by Watson and Jackson were both NCAA Division II provisional national qualifiers. They were two of six by the Vikings at the meet.
The men's 4x400 relay set a WWU record, placing second in 3:16.81. That quartet included Jon Poolman (Jr., Langley/South Whidbey), Nate Schmidt (Jr., Lynnwood), Ryan McArthur (Fr., Lynnwood) and Devon Smith (Sr., Marysville/Lakewood). Poolman met the provisional standard in the 400 with a time of 49.00.
Logan Myers (Jr., Olympia/Capital) ran the final of the men's 60-meter hurdles in 8.30, tying the school record and placing fifth. On Friday night, Cheyenna Pinley (Jr., Bellingham Squalicum) cleared 12-0 in the women's pole vault as she finished fifth.
Tanja Bjornsson (Sr., Ferndale) came within one-half inch of a provisional mark in the women's long jump, leaping 18-1 1/2 to place eighth.
Alex Donigian (Jr., Mission Viego, CA/Trabuco Hills) placed fifth in the men's 60 prelims (6.79) as did Travis Milbrandt (So., Longview/Mark Morris) in the men's 60 hurdles prelims (8.35). Ryan McArthur (Fr., Lynnwood) was fifth in the men's 800 (1:57.07).
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