March 14, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - Western Washington University's Emily Warman (Sedro-Woolley) became just the second freshman in school history and the 10th individual overall to win a national championship as she placed first in the women's triple jump Saturday at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The Viking women placed ninth in the team standings with 20 points.
Warman broke her own school record by almost a foot, posting a winning mark of 39-3 on her second attempt to earn All-America honors.
Warman had efforts of 39-2, 39-3 and 39-1 on her first three tries, the only competitor to reach 39 feet in the prelims. She won the competition by two inches.
Also earning All-America honors for Western were Sarah Porter (So., Hockinson), who placed sixth in the women's 5,000 meters with a time of 17:00.14, and Rachael Johnson (So., Yakima/West Valley), who was seventh in the women's 800, breaking her own school record for the second straight day with a time of 2:11.82.
Jordan Welling (So., Burlington/Burlington-Edison) finished ninth the men's 5,000 with a 14:45.60 clocking, and Ryan Brown (So., Bellingham/Squalicum) placed 13th in the men's pole vault with a mark of 15-11.
On Friday, the Vikings' Christy Miller (Sr., Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly) earned All-America honors by placing fourth in the women's pole vault, clearing 12-5 3/4 to match her own school record.
The Western women's distance medley relay team finished ninth Friday with a 12:01.79 clocking. Making up that quartet were Courtney Olsen (Jr., Bellingham/Squalicum), Ellie Siler (Fr., Spokane/Lewis & Clark), Johnson and Porter.
Q&A with Monika Gruszecki
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