SEATTLE, Wash. – Junior Anna Paradee placed 2nd in the pole vault with an NCAA Division II automatic-qualifying performance of 4.01m/13-1.75 to break her own school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference records as the Western Washington University track & field teams competed at the second day of the Ken Shannon Invitational on Saturday, hosted at Husky Track on the campus of the University of Washington.
The defending GNAC pole vault champion for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Paradee (Tacoma, WA/Decatur) cleared 4.01m/13-1.75 on her second attempt at the height after tying her previous outdoor personal best of 3.86m/12-8 with a clearance on her third attempt. Paradee automatically qualified for the outdoor national championships with the mark and is coming off a 7th-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships when she cleared 3.92m/12-10.25 to set the indoor school record and tie for the GNAC indoor record while netting All-American honors.
Paradee set the GNAC and school outdoor records for the second consecutive weekend after previously setting both records in winning the pole vault with a height of 3.86m/12-8 at the 36th Annual Ralph Vernacchia Track & Field Meet last Saturday in Bellingham. Her record mark set at UW ranks as the 5th-best pole vault performance at the NCAA Division II level during the 2017 outdoor season.
Elizabeth Quick of the University of Washington won the event with a height of 4.21m/13-9.75, followed by Paradee as the top NCAA Division II placer. Freshman Jewels Oliquiano (Kaneohe, HI/Castle) finished tied for 10th with a height of 3.41m/11-2.25 while sophomore Rachael Roberts (Woodinville, WA/Bellevue College) also cleared 3.41m/11-2.25 and placed 12th.
Sophomore Bridget Henry (Bellingham, WA/Sehome) cleared 1.50m/4-11 to place 6th in the high jump while senior Megan Mortensen (Tacoma, WA/Franklin Pierce) finished 2nd in the discus (40.96m/134-4) and was followed in 7th by sophomore Sophia Roberts (Ventura, CA) with a personal-best throw of 34.20m/112-2.
On the men’s side, freshman Enrique Gomez (Seattle, WA/Franklin) was the top finisher among a group of Vikings in the 800m, finishing 7th with a time of 1:56.36 to record a personal-best time. Freshman Colton Hoggarth (Yakima, WA/West Valley) ran a personal-best time (1:58.60) to place 11th.
Sophomore Stedman Knox (Bothell, WA/Cedar Park Christian) placed 8th in the 100m with a time of 11.40 and posted a season-best time of 22.95 to finish 11th in the 200m. Freshman Willie Broxton Jr. (Olympia, WA/Capital) was 18th in the 100m (11.71).
Freshman Eric Hamel (Enumclaw, WA) placed 3rd in the 5,000m with a time of 15:20.62 to record a personal best while sophomore Reid Lovercamp (Wenatchee, WA) turned in a season-best time of 50.68 to place 9th the 400m.
Sophomore Jacob Ringold (Vancouver, WA/Columbia River) was 2nd in the triple jump with a leap of 13.10m/42-11.75 and sophomore Bryan Lee (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) finished 6th in the discus with a throw of 45.04m/147-9. Junior Adam Thomas (Washougal, WA) tied for 7th in the pole vault with a height of 4.32m/14-2.
WWU travels to Western Oregon University next Friday and Saturday (May 12-13) for the 2017 GNAC Outdoor Championships. Click here for more information about the GNAC Championships.
100m: Stedman Knox (8th, 11.40); Willie Broxton Jr. (18th, 11.71)
200m: Stedman Knox, (11th, 22.95)
400m: Reid Lovercamp (9th, 50.68)
800m: Enrique Gomez (7th, 1:56.36); Ben Crowell (10th, 1:58.13); Colton Hoggarth (11th, 1:58.23); Keaton Spiller (13th, 1:58.60); Justin Irvine (17th, 2:00.45)
5,000m: Eric Hamel (3rd, 15:20.62)
Triple Jump: Jacob Ringold, (2nd, 13.10m/42-11.75); Mark Seely (Foul)
Pole Vault: Adam Thomas (T-7th, 4.32m/14-2); Gordie Kordas (NH)
Discus: Bryan Lee, (6th, 45.04m/147-9)
100m: Hannah Bradley, (9th, 12.93)
800m: Julian Johnson (13th, 2:22.95)
High Jump: Bridget Henry (6th, 1.50m/4-11)
Pole Vault: Anna Paradee (2nd, 4.01m/13-1.75) – NCAA Division II automatic-qualifying performance, GNAC and school record; Jewels Oliquiano (T-10th, 3.41m/11-2.25); Rachael Roberts (12th, 3.41m/11-2.25)
Discus: Megan Mortensen (2nd, 40.96m/134-4); Sophia Roberts (7th, 34.20m/112-2)
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