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.
Paradee Competes in Pole Vault at NCAA Championships
Senior Anna Paradee finishes with a no height at national championships in North Carolina
Vikings to Compete at NCAA Championships on Thursday and Saturday
Four WWU student-athletes will be in action at the NCAA Championships in North Carolina
Track & Field Places 21 on GNAC All-Academic Teams
Vikings have 13 women, eight men recognized as GNAC All-Academic honorees
Four Vikings Headed to NCAA Championships
Anna Paradee, Raquel Pellecer, Natalie Vetto and Alex Barry to compete at NCAA II Championships
Seven Vikings Earn USTFCCCA All-Region Recognition
Four WWU women, three WWU men honored with All-West Region accolades
WWU Men Place 2nd, Women 4th at GNAC Outdoor Championships
Sophomore Cordell Cummings wins 110m hurdles conference title among strong Saturday performances
WWU Men 3rd, Women 4th After Friday Events at GNAC Outdoor Championships
Junior Maddie Taylor becomes conference high jump champion during Friday's competition
Track & Field Travels to GNAC Outdoor Championships
The GNAC Outdoor Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Western Oregon University
Vikings Turn in Strong Performances at Ken Shannon Invite
WWU adds eight program top-10 marks in final meet before GNAC Outdoor Championships
WWU Travels to Ken Shannon Invitational on Friday and Saturday
The Ken Shannon Invitational is the last meet for WWU before the GNAC Outdoor Championships
Dances Leads Vikings at GNAC Combined Event Championships
Freshman Seren Dances places 8th to lead three WWU decathletes in Idaho
Emily Sytsma Named GNAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Sytsma won the 100m with a personal-best time, also competed in 200m and 4x400m relay last Saturday
WWU Has Strong Showing at 37th Annual Ralph Vernacchia Meet
Senior Brandon Pless records provisional-qualifying hammer throw mark, Vikings sweep team titles
WWU Hosts 37th Annual Ralph Vernacchia Meet on Saturday
The Vikings compete at Civic Stadium for the second of two meets in Bellingham during the season
Taylor Posts Provisional Qualifier at Beach Invitational
Junior Maddie Taylor clears 1.70m (5-7) in the high jump as Vikings close out final day of California trip