AZUSA & LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Western Washington University Track & Field program split up to compete in two meets in Southern California on Friday at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University and the Beach Invitational on the Long Beach State University campus.
Senior Bethany Drake (Sandy, OR) led the way for the Vikings winning the javelin competition at the Bryan Clay Invite with a season-best throw of 49.48m/162-4, recording an NCAA Division II automatic qualifying mark. The senior will now get a shot at becoming a three-time All-American after being crowned the national champion in 2014 and the runner-up in 2016. Drake reached the automatic level on her sixth and final throw, after tossing 48.26m/158-4 on her third throw of the competition. The mark is the second-best in NCAA Division II this season trailing only Estefania Lopez of Fort Hays State (53.77m/176-5).
Senior Jasmine McMullin (Sequim, WA) won the triple jump competition with a career-best jump of 12.27m/40-3.25, improving her 2nd-best mark in program history. The winning jump came on her sixth and final attempt, moving her up to 3rd in the GNAC record books. She also obtained an NCAA II provisional mark and is closing in on Emily Warman’s school mark of 12.37m/40-7 set in 2012.
In the final event of the meet, senior Brittany Grant (Port Townsend, WA) turned in a career-best 4:30.15 in the 1,500m for the 2nd-best time in WWU history. She placed 68th out of 266 runners in the race, and was 2nd by 3/100th of a second in the 7th heat of the event. Grant improved upon her career/season PR of 4:33.29 set at the Doris Heritage Distance Festival, improving her NCAA II provisional mark. She fell short by less than a second of the school record of 4:29.71 set by Haley O’Connor in 2015.
The women’s 4x100 relay team placed 10th out of 21 teams, recording the 4th-best time in program history in 47.99. The foursome of Macie Allen (Fr., Gresham, OR/Barlow), Kelsey McLean (Fr., Kirkland, WA/Juanita), Savannah Smith (So., Renton, WA) and Emily Sytsma (So., Lynden, WA/Lynden Christian) turned in the best time by a WWU relay team in the event since the school record of 46.90 at the Mt. Sac Relays in 2010.
Sophomore Alex Barry (Sequim, WA) placed 5th in the men’s javelin competition with a career-best mark of 62.30m/204-4.75. He improved his NCAA II provisional qualifying mark and moved up to 6th in the WWU outdoor record books (15th in GNAC history).
In the men’s 1500m race, senior Cody McCranie (Auburn, WA) clocked a personal best of 3:53.17 for the 7th-best time in program history. McCranie bettered his previous career-best of 3:55.29 recorded as a sophomore at the Washington Open in 2014. He placed 106th out of a deep field of 269 racers, and finished 2nd in the 8th heat.
Across town at the Beach Invitational, senior Andrew Wise (Denver, CO/East) placed 4th in the 5,000m at the Beach Invitational, clocking in at 14:51.33 in his first race at that distance this season. His mark is 6th-best in the GNAC during the 2017 outdoor season. Teammate Dylan Hayes (Seattle, WA/Garfield) finished 14th in the 24-racer field in 15:30.78.
WWU concludes its Southern California trip tomorrow with the second day of the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State at Jack Rose Track Stadium.
Bethany Drake (1st, 49.48m/162-4) – Season PR/NCAA II Automatic
Women’s Triple Jump:
Jasmine McMullin (1st, 12.27m/40-3.25) – Career PR, 2nd in WWU history, NCAA II Provisional, 3rd in GNAC history
Brittany Grant (68th, 4:30.15) – Career PR/2nd in WWU history/NCAA II Provisional
Savannah Smith (65th, 25.78)
Emily Systma (59th, 59.43)
Women’s 400m Hurdles:
Deja Svastisalee (29th, 1:04.13) – Season PR
Megan Mortensen (18th, 41.48m/136-1)
Women’s High Jump:
Miranda Osadchey (T17th, 1.63m/5-4.25) – Season PR
Women’s Shot Put:
Megan Mortensen (25th,11.39m/37-4.25)
Alex Barry (5th, 62.30m/204-4.75) – Career PR/6th-best in WWU history/NCAA II Provisional
Cody McCranie (106th, 3:53.17) – Career PR/7th-best in WWU history
Men’s 400m Hurdles:
Cordell Cummings (25th, 55.41) – Career PR
Men’s 110m Hurdles:
Cordell Cummings (28th, 15.63)
Daniel Jones (43rd, 22.31) – Career PR
Ryan McArthur (19th, 48.64)
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