Pless Posts Provisional Shot Put Mark at UW Open

Feb. 12, 2017


SEATTLE, Wash. – Senior Brandon Pless posted an NCAA II provisional qualifying mark in the shot put while junior Anna Paradee improved her provisional pole vault height as the Western Washington University track & field program competed at the UW Open on Sunday at the Dempsey Indoor Center on the campus of the University of Washington.  

Pless (Throws, Sedro-Woolley, WA) placed 11th in the shot put with a season-best and GNAC-leading distance of 15.86m (52-0 ½). His performance bettered his previous season-best mark of 15.37m (50-5 ¼) set at the UW Preview on Jan. 14.

Paradee (Pole Vault, Tacoma, WA/Decatur) set a personal-best to improve her NCAA II provisional qualifying mark, clearing 3.78m (12-4 ¾) and finishing 8th in the event on Sunday. Her mark is 4th in WWU top 10 history and bettered her previous personal-best height of 3.70m (12-1 ½) set at the Cougar Indoor on Feb. 3.

On the women’s side, there were seven new personal-best performances overall that rank among the program’s all-time top 10 lists.

In addition to Paradee, freshman Waverly Shreffler (Middle Distance, Sequim, WA) finished 29th in the 800m with a time of 2:23.27, the 7th-fastest time on the top 10 list. Freshman Aundrea Koger (Distance, Osage City, KS) placed 33rd in the mile with a time of 5:10.86 to rank 10th on the top 10 list. Junior Alexandra Laiblin (Distance, Oak Harbor, WA) recorded a time of 10:30.41 in the 3000m, placing 38th in the event. Her time ranks 9th on the top 10 list.

Freshman Rachael Roberts (Pole Vault, Woodinville, WA/Bellevue College) placed 33rd in the pole vault with a height of 3.33m (10-11) to rank 10th on the top 10 list. Sophomore Bridget Henry (Jumps, Bellingham, WA/Sehome) placed 15th in the high jump with a leap of 1.57m (5-1 ¾) for the 8th-best mark on the WWU top 10. Sophomore Sophia Roberts (Throws, Ventura, CA) tied for 23rd in the shot put with a mark of 13.03m (42-9) to rank 3rd on the top 10 list.

WWU competes next weekend at the GNAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 17-18, hosted by Northwest Nazarene University at Jackson’s Indoor Track at the Idaho Center (Nampa, ID).

Following the conference championships, the Vikings will return to the Dempsey Indoor Center for the Seattle Pacific University Final Qualifier on Feb. 25 ahead of the NCAA II Indoor National Championships on March 9-11, held in Birmingham, Ala., at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

UW Open Results

Men's Results:
800m: Keaton Spiller, 25th, 1:57.07
Mile: Colton Hoggarth, 44th, 4:25.73; Enrique Gomez, 54th, 4:29.28  
3000m: Peter Butler, 32nd, 8:42.91; Dylan Hayes, 42nd, 8:46.86; Jadon Olson, 48th, 8:54.11; Nickolas Mounier, 52nd, 8:58.81; Cameron Freshwaters, 54th, 9:04.05; Justin Irvine, 59th, 9:14.83    
4x400m: Daniel Jones, Keaton Spiller, Cordell Cummings, Dario Cirlincione, 12th, 3:31.79
Pole Vault: Gordie Kordas, 8th, 4.70m (15-5); Jacob Hino, 13th, 4.55m (14-11); Adam Thomas, T-14th, 4.40m (14-5 ¼); Matt Coelho, 36th, 3.80m (12-5 ½)        
Long Jump: Rudy Mataya, 14th, 6.30m (20-11 ¼); Nicholas Makrakis, 18th, 6.35m (20-10); Jacob Ringold, 28th, 6.16m (20-2 ½)     
Shot Put: Brandon Pless, 11th, 15.86m (52-0 ½)  
Weight Throw: Bryan Lee, 4th, 16.89m (55-5); Brandon Pless, 6th, 16.50m (54-1 ¾)

Women's Results:
60m: Hannah Bradley, 65th, 8.30
200m: Hannah Bradley, 53rd, 27.50
400m: Savannah Smith, 27th, 1:00.48
800m: Waverly Shreffler, 29th, 2:23.27 – 7th on WWU top 10; Julian Johnson, 38th, 2:28.69  
Mile: Aundrea Koger, 33rd, 5:10.86 – 10th on WWU top 10; Nicole Vijgen, 54th, 5:33.67
3000m: Lillianna Stelling, 26th, 10:19.35; Alexandra Laiblin, 38th, 10:30.41 – 9th on WWU top 10; Maddy Hutchison, 41st,, 10:33.18; Sophia Galvez, 44th, 10:34.35; Peyton Shinnick, 47th, 10:38.35; Sara Taferre, 49th, 10:40.02; Tracy Melville, DNF; Sofia Marikis, DQ    
High Jump: Bridget Henry, 15th, 1.57m (5-1 ¾) – 8th on WWU top 10
Pole Vault: Anna Paradee, 8th, 3.78m (12-4 ¾) – 4th on WWU top 10; Rachael Roberts, 34th, 3.33m (10-11) – 10th on WWU top 10, Jewels Oliquiano, 40th, 3.18m (10-5 ¼)    
Long Jump: Malea Munoz, 26th, 5.03m (16-6)
Shot Put: Megan Mortensen, 19th, 12.05m (39-6 ½)
Weight Throw: Megan Mortensen, 19th, 13.42m (44-0 ½); Sophia Roberts, T-23rd, 13.03m (42-9) – 3rd on WWU top 10

2017 Indoor Schedule:




UW Indoor Preview

Jan. 14

University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

UW Invitational

Jan. 27-28

University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

Cougar Indoor

Feb. 3-4

Washington State University (Pullman, WA)

Husky Classic

Feb. 10-11

University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

UW Open

Feb. 12

University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

GNAC Championships

Feb. 17-18

Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, ID)

SPU Final Qualifier

Feb. 25

University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

NCAA Championships

March 9-11

Birmingham CrossPlex (Birmingham, Ala.)


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