Paradee Earns All-America Honors, Breaks GNAC Record

March 10, 2017


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Western Washington University junior Anna Paradee placed 7th in the pole vault at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex to set the WWU indoor record and tie the Great Northwest Athletic Conference indoor record mark.

Paradee (Tacoma, WA/Decatur) cleared 3.92m (12-10 ¼) to earn USTFCCCA All-America honors, bettering the previous school record of 3.90m (12-9 ½) set by Karis Anderson, now a WWU volunteer assistant coaching pole vault, in 2012. Paradee cleared 3.92m with her second attempt after previously clearing 3.62m (11-10 ½) and 3.77m (12-4 ½) on her second attempts at each height.

Her height of 3.92m moved her into a four-way tie with Anna Massa of Wheeling Jesuit, McKenna Emmert of Central Washington and Brittany Kallenberger of Central Missouri. Based on a fewer missed heights tiebreaker, Massa and Emmert tied for 4th while Kallenberger placed 6th and Paradee placed 7th.

Emmert and Paradee share the GNAC record following Friday’s competition, with both surpassing the previous record of 3.91m (12-10) set by Alison Silva of Northwest Nazarene in 2014.

“I think it’s very exciting for her,” head coach Pee Wee Halsell said of Paradee’s record-setting performance. “Her and Karis are very close, so that was a very emotional moment for her – that she got that PR and Karis was elated that it happened. To see her athlete do that – very emotional and very exciting, and then to come back and jump well at the next height, which would have been a pretty big-time PR, she really did come back, so, she was in control the whole time and I think that may be the way to describe it – she’s been in control this season.”

Making her first national championships appearance on Friday, Paradee had entered the competition with the 10th-best height in NCAA Division II at 3.83m (12-6 ¾). 

“I think this whole season has been that way,” Halsell said in reference to Paradee’s strong performances throughout the indoor season. “She really came in this season with a big focus of doing well and has done the things throughout the year, starting in the fall, to be successful and it’s paid off immensely.”

Paradee will now shift focus to the outdoor season and look to defend her GNAC pole vault title from last year’s outdoor conference meet. She was the GNAC indoor pole vault champion as well during the 2017 conference meet.

The outdoor season continues for the WWU track & field program Saturday as the Vikings will have throwers in action at the Pacific Lutheran University Open in Tacoma, Wash. The meet is set to begin at 9:30 am, with field events beginning at 10 am.


Anna Paradee 2017 Indoor Season Results





NCAA Division II Indoor Championships

3.92m (12-10 ¼)


Seattle Pacific Final Qualifier 2017

3.62m (11-10 ½)


2017 GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships

3.83m (12-6 ¾)


2017 UW Open

3.78m (12-4 ¾)


2017 Husky Classic

3.63m (11-10 ¾)


WSU Cougar Indoor

3.70m (12-1 ½)


2017 UW Invitational

3.68m (12-0 ¾)


2017 UW Indoor Preview

3.68m (12-0 ¾)


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