WWU opens season with dominating performance at UPS Quadrangular
March 3, 2012
TACOMA, Wash. - Michael Hoffman (Sr., Bellingham/Sehome) won three events, posting a NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying mark and meet record in the men's hammer throw, as Western Washington University dominated both the men's and women's divisions to open its season at the University of Puget Sound Quadrangular Track and Field meet held Saturday at Baker Stadium on the UPS campus.
In all, the Vikings won 12 of 19 men's events as they totaled 110 points. Seattle Pacific was second with 39, followed by Puget Sound 29 and Lewis & Clark 15.
WWU placed first in 11 women's events, finishing with 92 points. Puget Sound was runner-up with 44, followed by Lewis & Clark 39 and Seattle Pacific 18.
Hoffman tossed the hammer 185-7, breaking his own meet standard set last year, in leading a 1-2-3-4 sweep by the Vikings. He also placed first in the shot put (44-8) and discus (139-5).
Another Viking having a national provisional mark was Katie Reichert (Fr., Kelso) in the women's javelin, placing second with a throw of 134-4.
Also having meet records for WWU were Lindsay Wells (So., Seattle/Nathan Hale) in the women's hammer, bettering her own mark of a year ago with a winning effort of 158-9; and Nathan Schmidt (Fr., Lynnwood), winning the men's 400 meters in 49.76.
Karsten Schick (So., Kodiak, AK) led a 1-2-3-4 Vikings' sweep in the men's 110 hurdles with a time of 15.47. He also cleared 6-2 to win the high jump.
Alex Tilley (Sr., Edmonds/Kamiak) (10.88) and Shane Gruger (Sr., Shoreline/Shorewood) (22.49) were winners in respective 1-2-3 WWU sweeps of the men's 100 and 200. They also were on the victorious 4x400 relay (3:28.07) with Schmidt and Jon Poolman (Fr., Langley/South Whidbey).
The Vikings' Michelle Howe (Sr., Lakewood) paced a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the women's 100 hurdles with a time of 14.89. Leading 1-2-3 WWU sweeps were Amanda Overdick (Jr., Lynnwood) in the women's high jump (5-1 3/4) and Cheyenna Pinley (Fr., Bellingham/Squalicum) in the women's pole vault (10-11 3/4).
WWU's next action is Sunday, March 18, at the University of Oregon Preview meet.
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