March 22, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - Western Washington University could have the top two nationally ranked women's javelin throwers in NCAA Division II following the performances of Katie Reichert (Jr., Longview/Kelso) and Bethany Drake (So., Sandy, Ore.) at the University of Oregon Preview Track and Field meet on Saturday at Historic Hayward Field.
Both had personal best and automatic national qualifying marks as Reichert won the event with a throw of 162-1, 17 inches short of the school record, and Drake was second with a mark of 157-10.
Drake entered the meet ranked No.1 at 156-11 and Reichert was No.6 at 139-2.
"I'm very pleased," said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell (27th year). "It was a good day all around, especially considering that it was the first outdoor meet for quite a few of our athletes. This is what we wanted to see."
Besides the automatic marks of Reichert and Drake, the Vikings had five provisional national qualifying performances.
Two of those were by Frank Catelli (So., Sequim), who won the men's shot put with a mark of 57-2 1/4 and placed fourth in the discus at 165-4.
Logan Myers (Jr., Olympia/Captial) met the provisional standard in the men's 110-meter hurdles, placing third in 14.69, as did Peter Maguire (So., Boise, Id.) who was third in the men's 400 in 53.98, and Lindsay Wells (Sr., Seattle/Nathan Hale) in the women's hammer with a mark of 165-4 to finish sixth.
WWU's Katelyn Steen (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake) smashed the school record in the women's 2,000 steeplechase, finishing third in 6:56.78.
The Vikings' Cheyenna Pinley (Jr., Bellingham/Squalicum) finished within 1/4-inch of the provisional standard in the women's javelin, clearing 11-7 3/4 to tie for second.
Other top efforts for WWU were Nate van Tuinen (So., Yakima/Riverside Christian) winning the men's long jump with a leap of 22-9 1/4 and Kevin Yates (So., Snohomish) finishing third at 22-4 1/2. van Tuinen also helped the men's 4x400 relay finish third in 3:18.78.
The Vikings entered the meet with the women ranked 18th and the men 24th in their respective United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 pre-season polls.
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