April 5, 2014
TACOMA, Wash. - Western Washington University's Bethany Drake (So., Sandy, Ore.) shattered the school record in the women's javelin by over six feet with a winning effort of 169-6 on Saturday at the University of Puget Sound Shotwell Track and Field Invitational meet held at Baker Stadium.
Drake's throw should lead the nation when the rankings are released next week. The mark also bettered her previous best automatic national qualifying effort by over a foot.
The Vikings' Katie Reichert (So., Longview/Kelso), who placed second at 157-5, came into the meet with the nation's best toss of 162-1.
"Drake's record throw came on her first try," said WWU head coach Pee Wee Halsell (27th year). "Both of their series of throws were incredible. They're going to keep pushing one another all season."
In the men's javelin, WWU also finished one-two with Slater Hirst (Jr., Shoreline/Kings) improving his provisional national qualifying status with a throw of 196-0. John Haskin (So., Baibridge Island) placed second with a season-best effort of 183-1.
The Vikings' Katelyn Steen (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake) was a provisional qualifier in the women's 5,000, her winning time of 16:59.03 being the second-best in school history.
WWU finished one-two-three in the men's shot put, all three marks being over 50 feet. Frank Cattelli (So., Sequim) had the winning effort of 55-3.
The Vikings' Alex Donigian (So., Mission Viejo, CA/Trabuco Hills) won two events, placing first in both the men's 200 (21.86) and 400 (49.87).
WWU had 13 event winners overall, seven men and six women.
The Vikings won the combined, men's and women's titles in the 16-team meet. Central Washington was second in all three.
WWU had a 201.5 to 108 point advantage in the men's competition, 151 to 110 in the women's and 352.5 to 218 overall.
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