April 17, 2014
LOS ANGELES,Calif. - Western Washington University's Lindsay Wells (Sr., Seattle/Nathan Hale) improved her provisional national qualifying mark and school record by over eight feet in winning the women's hammer throw at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Meet on Thursday at Jesse Owens Track on the CSULA campus.
Wells unleashed an effort of 179-5 on her second attempt after having a mark of 172-0 on her first try. Last month, she had a mark of 171-1.
The Vikings' Tanya Bjornsson (Sr., Ferndale) won the women's long jump with a provisional qualifying leap of 18-11 3/4.
WWU's Alex Donigian (Jr., Mission Viejo, CA/Trabucco Hills) placed second in both the men's 100 meters (10.50) and 200 (21.73).
Also finishing second for the Vikings were Cody McCranie (So., Auburn) in the men's 1,500 (3:58.41) and Ryan McArthur (Fr., Lynnwood) in the men's 800 (1:54.66). WWU's Devon Smith (Sr., Marysville/Lakewood) was third in the men's 400 (49.12) and Jon Poolman (Jr., Langley/South Whidbey) was fourth (49.62).
Bjornsson was fourth in the women's 100 hurdles (14.56) as were Shawna Troupe (Fr., Kelso) in the women's 800 (2:16.25), Logan Myers (Jr., Olympia/Capital) in the men's 110 hurdles (14.67) and Frank Catelli (So., Sequim) in the men's discus (171-11).
In results late that evening, WWU's Katie Reichert (Jr., Longview/Kelso) and Bethany Drake (So., Sandy, OR) placed one-two in the women's javelin with respective marks of 152-9 and 150-9. Catelli finished second in the men's shot put (55-7) and Slater Hirst (Jr., Shoreline/Kings) was third in the men's javelin (189-0).
On Friday, the Vikings compete in the Azusa Pacific Invitational and Cal State Long Beach Invitational.
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