Pole vault efforts highlight WWU performances at UW Indoor Open
Feb. 12, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash. - Fourth-place finishes in the premier sections of the men's and women's pole vault by Cal Rosenberg (Jr., Portland, OR/Grant) and Karis Anderson (Jr., Seattle/Roosevelt) highlighted performances by Western Washington University on Sunday at the University of Washington Indoor Track and Field at the Dempsey Indoor Pavilion on the UW campus.
Rosenberg cleared 15-5, just two inches shy of the NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying standard. Anderson, who already is a provisional qualifier, reached 12-0.
The Viking men got third-place efforts from Brett Watson (Fr., Ferndale) in the high jump (6-6 3/4) and Dak Riek (Jr., Everett/Mariner) in the 3,000 meters. Riek's time of 8:31.94 was the seventh fastest in Great Northwest Athletic Conference history.
WWU's Tyler Will (So., Spokane/Lewis & Clark) won the regular section of the men's pole vault with a mark of 14-7 1/4. Two other Vikings finishing among the top 10 in that event were Brett Mattson (Fr., Blaine), fifth (13-7 1/4), and Thomas Guidon (Jr., Bothell), 10th (13-1 1/2).
Completing the top 10 placers for the WWU men were Mark Pangilinan (So., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck), fourth (7.06) in the 60; Jon Poolman (R-Fr., Langley/South Whidbey), fourth in the 400 (49.66); Corey Pfeiff (Fr., Everett/Mariner), sixth in the 60 hurdles (9.01) and Shane Gruger (Sr., Shoreline/Shorewood) eighth (7.11) in the 60. Gruger also helped the 4x400 relay finish eighth (3:27.62).
In the regular section of the women's pole vault, WWU's Cheyenna Penley tied for seventh (10-8).
"Our primary goal today was to qualify people for the conference meet and I was very happy with how our athletes competed," said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell (25th year).
WWU takes part in the GNAC Indoor Championships on Friday and Saturday at Nampa, Id.
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