WWU opens season by taking overall title at UPS Quadrangular
March 2, 2013
TACOMA, Wash. - Western Washington University dominated the field events Saturday in taking the overall title at the University of Puget Sound Quadrangular meet, winning the women's division and tying for the men's crown, in its season opener at Baker Stadium on the UPS campus.
The Vikings finished with 127 points to 100-1/2 for the host and runner-up Loggers. The WWU women had 65 points with Lewis & Clark OR second at 5-1/2, and the Viking men tied with UPS, each having 62 points.
"The throws carried us, although we had good performances all the way through," said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell.
WWU won five of seven women's field events and placed second in the other two. Bethany Drake (Fr., Sandy, OR) took the javelin with a mark of 138-6, over seven inches better than the NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying standard.
Other field event winners for the Viking women were Katelyn Wright (Fr., Washougal) in the high jump (5-1), Mackenzie Smith (So., Vancouver/Prairie) in the shot put (35-10), Maggie Roe (Jr., Bellevue/Newport) in the discus (123-5), and Lindsay Wells (Jr., Seattle/Nathan Hale) in the hammer (156-2).
Wright was second in the long jump (16-2 1/4) as was Amy Rovira (So., Richland/Hanford) in the pole vault (10-4).
On the men's side, WWU's Frank Catelli (Fr., Sequim) won the shot put with a meet record mark of 52-1/2 and Ryan Macdonald (So., Bellingham/Sehome) was a double-event winner in the discus (146-3) and hammer (141-6).
Also winning events for the Vikings were Veronica Ivancic (Fr., Seattle/Nathan Hale) in the women's 200 meters (26.45), Tucker Rudy (So., Rockford/Freeman) in the men's 200 (23.11), Dylan Brown (Fr., Auburn/Auburn-Riverside) in the men's 800 (1:59.16), Chip Jackson (Jr., Seattle/Shorewood) in the men's 1,500 (3:57.98) and Travis Milbrandt (Fr., Longview/Mark Morris) in the men's 110 hurdles (15.33).
WWU next competes at the University of Oregon Preview meet on Saturday, March 16, at Eugene, Ore.
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