Warman and Villanueva are double-event winners at CWU Spike Arlt meet

Emily Warman

April 18, 2009


ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Emily Warman (Fr., Sedro-Woolley) and Phil Villanueva (So., Spanaway/Bethel) were each double-event winners for Western Washington University at the Central Washington University Spike Arlt Invitational Track and Field Meet held Saturday at Tomlinson Stadium.

The Vikings, who were undefeated in four scored meets entering the competition, placed third among 10 teams in both the men's and women's divisions. They were without 20 team members who competed in southern California meets on Thursday and Friday.

Warman leaped a season-best 18-4 1/2 (5.60) in winning the women's long jump, just .02 meters off the NCAA Division II national provisional standard. She took the triple jump with a mark of 35-6 1/2 (10.83).

Villanueva placed first in the men's 400-meter hurdles (55.67) and anchored the victorious 4x400 relay (3:26.39).

Phil Villanueva

Hayden Woodard (Fr., Woodland) led a 1-2-3 sweep for Western in the men's pole vault (14-1 1/4, 4.30) as did Amanda DiEnno in the women's pole vault (10-10, 3.30).

Also winning events for the Vikings were Phoebe Hartnett (Fr., San Diego, CA/Patrick Henry) in the women's 5,000 (19:15.86), Sabrina Schwindler (Fr., LaConner) in the women's high jump (5-1, 1.55) and Sam Bedell (Jr., Reno, NV/Bishop Manogue) in the men's 5,000 (15:45.50).

Ben Wargo (Jr., Pullman) helped the 4x400 relay to victory and finished second in the men's 110 hurdles (15.71).

Western's Courtney Olsen (Jr., Bellingham/Squalicum) was second in both the women's 800 (2:22.20) and 1,500 (4:53.83). Sarah Brownell (So., Yelm) was runner-up in the women's 400 (59.93) as was Matt O'Connell (Jr., Sammamish/Skyline) in the men's 400 (50.54).

Host Central won the men's team title and Spokane CC took the women's crown.

The Vikings make their final home appearance Friday (3 p.m.) at Bellingham's Civic Stadium in the ninth annual WWU Twilite Meet.