WWU Men 3rd, Women 4th After Friday Events at GNAC Outdoor Championships

May 11, 2018

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MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Western Washington University men's track & field team is in 3rd place while the women's team sits in 4th after the first of two competition days at the 2018 GNAC Outdoor Championships, hosted by Western Oregon University at McArthur Field.

The Viking men totaled 48 points on Friday behind Concordia (63 points) and Central Washington (59 points). The WWU women are 4th with 37 points, just behind Central Washington (38 points) in 3rd. Concordia leads the women's standings with 71 points ahead of Seattle Pacific (49.5 points) in 2nd.

Junior Maddie Taylor (Seattle, WA/Auburn Mountainview/Montana) claimed the high jump title on Friday with one of five All-GNAC performances for the Vikings during the first day of competition.

Taylor won the high jump with a leap of 1.66m (5-5 ¼). She cleared 1.66m on her second attempt, with Seattle Pacific's Geneva Lehnert finishing 2nd (1.61m/5-3 ¼) followed by a four-way tie for 3rd place.

Taylor became the fourth WWU women's high jumper to win a GNAC outdoor title (five overall titles) in the event, joining Clara Cook (2006, 2008), Amanda Overdick (2010), and Brittany Grandy (2012). Taylor's personal-best high jump mark during the season is 1.70m (5-7), which entered the weekend tied for 21st nationally as well as tied for 10th in GNAC history and 5th in WWU history. She attempted at a would-be personal-best 1.71m at the meet on Friday.

Senior Adam Thomas (Washougal, WA) earned All-GNAC honors with a 3rd-place finish in the pole vault at a height of 4.43m (14-6 ¼) for the WWU men. Junior J.T. Konrad (Mead, WA/Mount Spokane) also cleared 4.43m (14-6 ¼) and placed 4th based on a fewer misses tiebreaker as the two combined to total 11 points toward the WWU team score. 

Junior Peter Butler (Port Angeles, WA) led four Vikings in the 10,000m and earned All-GNAC honors with a 2nd-place finish for 8 team points. He crossed the line in 32:09.95, just behind champion Josh Boston of Central Washington in 32:08.40. The Vikings scored 20 points in the event as freshman Ben Jacot (Tacoma, WA/Curtis), sophomore Edward Kiolbasa (Stillwater, MN/Stillwater Area/North Dakota) and freshman Bentley Wilson (Newport Beach, CA/Newport, CA) finished 4-5-6. Jacot recorded a personal-best time of 32:31.14 while Kiolbasa followed in 32:31.77 and Wilson crossed the line in a personal-best time of 32:39.93.

Freshman Seren Dances (Port Towsend, WA) was 3rd in the long jump to lead four Vikings in the event. His best leap was 6.74m (22-1 ½) to earn All-GNAC honors and 6 team points while sophomore Nick Makrakis (Concord, CA/Northgate) was also a scoring placer in 8th with a leap of 6.54m (21-5 ½).

Sophomore Sophia Galvez (Los Alamos, NM) led four Vikings placing among the top 8 in the 10,000m during the last track event of the evening. Galvez earned All-GNAC accolades with a 2nd-place finish in a personal-best time of 37:11.23, ranking No. 5 on the WWU top-10 list. WWU also had freshman Tovah Swartz-Ireland (Seattle, WA/Nathan Hale) in 5th (38:28.89 - PR), junior Tracy Melville (Lamont, WA/Lind-Ritzille/Sprague) in 6th (38:59.17) and senior Alexandra Laiblin (Oak Harbor, WA) in 8th (39:22.48) to total 12 points in the event.

The meet continues Saturday with field events starting at 10 am and track events beginning at noon. A start list is available along with the full Saturday schedule and live results link.

The following are team scores at the conclusion of Friday's competition along with additional highlights from Friday for WWU.

Men's Team Scores:

  1. Concordia (63)
  2. Central Washington (59)
  3. Western Washington (48)
  4. Northwest Nazarene (35)
  5. MSU Billings (14)
  6. Simon Fraser (14)
  7. Alaska Anchorage (13)
  8. Western Oregon (13)
  9. Seattle Pacific (9)
  10. Saint Martin's (5)

Women's Team Scores:

  1. Concordia (71)
  2. Seattle Pacific (49.5)
  3. Central Washington (38)
  4. Western Washington (37)
  5. Alaska Anchorage (28)
  6. Simon Fraser (19.5)
  7. Western Oregon (11)
  8. Northwest Nazarene (7.5)
  9. Saint Martin's (6.5)
  10. MSU Billings (5)

100m (Women)

Sophomore Hannah Bradley (Bellingham, WA) led three Vikings in the 100m preliminaries, qualifying for Saturday's final with a personal-best time of 12.24. The time edged her previous personal best of 12.25, and holds the same spot of her previous top time ranking No. 5 on the WWU top-10 list.

200m (Women)

Junior Savannah Smith (Renton, WA) and Bradley each advanced to the 200m final as Smith took 2nd (25.07) and Bradley finished 5th (25.42) to lead four Vikings in the event. Bradley's time was a personal-best effort, ranking No. 5 on the WWU top-10 list. Smith's best time of 24.83, recorded last weekend at the University of Washington Ken Shannon Invitational, ranks No. 2 on the WWU list.

400m (Women)

Savannah Smith and junior Emily Sytsma (Lynden, WA/Lynden Christian/Concordia) both advanced to Saturday's final in the 400m, with Smith finishing 5th (57.13) and Sytsma placing 8th (58.30). Sytsma ran a season-best time while Smith was just shy of her personal-best time of 57.12, which ranks No. 7 on the WWU top-10 list.

100m Hurdles (Women)

Freshman Claire Hansen (Federal Way, WA/Todd Beamer) qualified for Saturday's 100m hurdles final (12:50 pm) after placing 7th in the preliminaries on Friday with a personal-best time of 14.76. Her time ranks No. 7 on the WWU top-10 list.

400m Hurdles (Women)

Freshman Molly House (Auburn, WA/Auburn Mountainview) claimed the final advancing spot in the 400m hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:06.39. She will race in the final on Saturday at 1:50 pm.

3,000m Steeplechase (Women)

Sophomore Peyton Shinnick (Maple Valley, WA/Tahoma) placed 6th in the 3,000m steeplechase with a personal-best time of 11:11.32, picking up 3 points for the Vikings in the event. The time ranks No. 5 on the WWU top-10 list, holding the same spot of her previous personal best (11:16.00) from earlier in the season.

Discus (Women)

Sophomore Chanelle Eddy (Bellingham, WA/Sehome/Whitworth) was 4th in the discus (43.79m/143-8) while freshman Kiana Schwendeman (Bonney Lake, WA) finished 6th with a personal-best throw of 41.00m (134-6) ranking No. 10 on the WWU top-10 list. The two combined to score 8 points toward the WWU team score.

400m (Men)

Freshman Bryant Welch (Burien, WA/Mount Rainier) clocked a time of 49.39 to lead three Vikings in the 400m prelims, placing 7th and advancing to Saturday's final. The 400m final is set to for 1 pm on Saturday.

800m (Men)

Junior Kyler Sager (Snohomish, WA/Everett CC) led five Vikings in the 800m with a 6th-place finish in the preliminaries with a time of 1:54.51 to advance to Saturday's final at 1:20 pm. He entered the meet with a personal-best and NCAA II provisional-qualifying time of 1:51.94.

3,000m Steeplechase (Men)

Freshman Ian Fay (Duvall, WA/Cedarbrest) led three Vikings in the 3,000m steeplechase, placing 5th of 20 to earn 4 points for the Vikings. The personal-best effort was an NCAA Division provisional-qualifying time ranking No. 3 on the WWU outdoor top-10 list.

110m Hurdles (Men)

Sophomore Cordell Cummings (Arlington, WA) was 5th to lead three Vikings in the 110m hurdles preliminaries, advancing to Saturday's final at 12:40 pm with a time of 15.44.

400m Hurdles (Men)

Three Vikings qualified for the 400m final on Saturday at 1:40 pm as Cummings, junior Reid Lovercamp (Wenatchee, WA) and sophomore Aaron Bosscher (Lynden, WA/Cornerstone Christian) each finished among the top 8 during Friday's preliminaries. Cummings was 2nd (54.38) while Lovercamp finished 3rd (55.31) and Bosscher placed 8th (57.83). Cummings is the defending 400m hurdles champion at the outdoor championships after winning the title as a freshman in 2017.

Discus (Men)

Senior Brandon Pless (Sedro-Woolley, WA) led the Vikings in the discus with a 4th-place finish after a season-best toss of 48.61m (159-6). The mark came on his sixth and final attempt. Pless has finished 6th or better in the discus during each year of his career at the GNAC Outdoor Championships, including a 3rd-place finish in 2017.

2018 GNAC Track & Field Championships
May 11-12, 2018
Monmouth, Ore. // McArthur Field (host: Western Oregon University)
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GNAC Outdoor Championships Results

Women

Event

Place (Points)

Mark

Notable

Hannah Bradley

100m (Prelims)

6th

12.24q

No. 5 WWU history/PR

Emily Greene

100m (Prelims)

9th

12.47

PR

Kelsey McLean

100m (Prelims)

11th

12.59

 

Savannah Smith

200m (Prelims)

2nd

25.07q

PR of 24.83 is No. 2 WWU history

Hannah Bradley

200m (Prelims)

5th

25.42q

Tied for No. 7 WWU history/PR

Emily Sytsma

200m (Prelims)

14th

26.24

PR of 25.50 is No. 10 WWU history

Isabella Foos

200m (Prelims)

15th

26.46

 

Savannah Smith

400m (Prelims)

5th

57.13q

PR of 57.12 is No. 7 WWU history

Emily Sytsma

400m (Prelims)

8th

58.30q

PR of 57.80 is No. 10 WWU history

Shawnee Konrad

800m (Prelims)

11th

2:20.38

 

Sophia Galvez

10,000m

2nd (8)

37:11.23

                          No. 5 WWU history/PR

Tovah Swartz-Ireland

10,000m

5th (4)

38:28.89

PR

Tracy Melville

10,000m

6th (3)

38:59.17

PR of 37:32.86 is No. 9 WWU history

Alexandra Laiblin

10.000m

8th (1)

39:22.48

PR of 37:16.26 is No. 6 WWU history

Claire Hansen

100m Hurdles (Prelims)

7th

14.76q

No. 8 WWU history/PR

Molly House

400m Hurdles (Prelims)

8th

1:06.39q

PR

Deja Svastisalee

400m Hurdles (Prelims)

10th

1:06.79

 

Peyton Shinnick

3,000m Steeplechase

6th (3)

11:11.32

No. 5 WWU history/PR

Maddie Taylor

High Jump

1st (10)

1.66m (5-5 ¼)

PR of 1.70m is No. 5 WWU history/tied for No. 10 GNAC history/NCAA II prov.

Bridget Henry

High Jump

T12th

1.51m (4-11 ½)

 

Heather Faretta

High Jump

T19th

1.51m (4-11 ½)

 

Malea Munoz

Long Jump

13th

5.05m (16-7)

 

Devon Olson

Long Jump

20th

4.50m (14-9 ¼)

 

Chanelle Eddy

Shot Put

16th

10.57m (34-8 ¼)

PR of 12.48m (40-11 ½) is No. 6 WWU history

Chanelle Eddy

Discus

4th (5)

43.79m (143-8)

PR of 44.04m (144-6) is No. 5 WWU history

Kiana Schwendeman

Discus

6th (3)

41.00m (134-6)

No. 10 WWU history/PR

Taliah Coe

Discus

15th

34.92m (114-7)

 

Men

Event

Place (Points)

Mark

Notable

Daniel Jones

100m (Prelims)

15th

11.26

 

Bryant Welch

200m (Prelims)

12th

22.22

PR of 21.80 is No. 7 WWU history

Daniel Jones

200m (Prelims)

15th

22.44

 

Stedman Knox

200m (Prelims)

18th

22.84

 

Bryant Welch

400m (Prelims)

7th

49.39q

 

Myles Smith

400m (Prelims)

9th

49.46

PR

Sonny Chhim

400m (Prelims)

13th

50.68

 

Kyler Sager

800m (Prelims)

6th

1:54.51q

PR of 1:51.94 is NO. 4 WWU history/NCAA II prov.

Enrique Gomez

800m (Prelims)

12th

1:56.17

 

Liam Cossette

800m (Prelims)

16th

1:57.05

 

Macauley Franks

800m (Prelims)

17th

1:57.36

 

Keaton Spiller

800m (Prelims)

19th

1:58.49

 

Peter Butler

10,000m

2nd (8)

32.09.95

 

Ben Jacot

10,000m

4th (5)

32:31.14

PR

Edward Kiolbasa

10,000m

5th (4)

32:31.77

 

Bentley Wilson

10,000m

6th (3)

32:39.93

PR

Cordell Cummings

110m Hurdles (Prelims)

5th

15.44q

 

Aaron Bosscher

110m Hurdles (Prelims)

9th

15.54

PR

Seren Dances

110m Hurdles (Prelims)

12th

15.70

PR

Cordell Cummings

400m Hurdles (Prelims)

2nd

54.38q

PR of 53.70 is No. 6 WWU history

Reid Lovercamp

400m Hurdles (Prelims)

3rd

55.31q

 

Aaron Bosscher

400m Hurdles (Prelims)

8th

57.83q

 

Ian Fay

3,000m Steeplechase

5th (4)

9:09.25

NCAA II prov./No. 3 WWU history/PR

Jackson McIlroy

3,000m Steeplechase

10th

9:37.11

PR

Dario Cirlincione

3,000m Steeplechase

16th

9:51.38

PR

Adam Thomas

Pole Vault

3rd (6)

4.43m (14-6 ½ )

 

J.T. Konrad

Pole Vault

4th (5)

4.43m (14-6 ¼)

 

Matt Coelho

Pole Vault

10th

3.98m (13-0 ¾)

 

Rudy Mataya

Pole Vault

-

NH

 

Seren Dances

Long Jump

3rd (6)

6.74m (22-1 ½)

PR of 7.10m (23-3 ½) is No. 6 WWU history

Nick Makrakis

Long Jump

8th (1)

6.54m (21-5 ½)

 

Kyler Nygren

Long Jump

10th

6.47m (21-2 ¾)

 

Cyrus McAllister

Long Jump

13th

6.36m (20-10 ½)

 

Jacob Ringold

Long Jump

15th

6.17m (20-3)

 

Ben Malquist

Shot Put

14th

14.31m (46-11 ½)

 

Brandon Pless

Shot Put

19th

13.84m (45-5)

PR of 16.15m (53-0) is No. 3 WWU history

Brandon Pless

Discus

4th (5)

48.61m (159-6)

PR of 51.37m (168-6) is No. 3 WWU history

Ben Malquist

Discus

-

Foul

 

 

 

Meet

Date

Location

Ed Boitano Invitational

March 3

Baker Stadium (Tacoma, WA)

PLU Open

March 10

PLU Track & Field Facility (Parkland, WA)

SPU Doris Heritage Track Festival

March 24

West Seattle Stadium (Seattle, WA)

San Francisco State Distance Carnival

March 30-31

Chabot College (Hayward, CA)

Stanford Invitational

March 30-31

Cobb Track and Angell Field (Stanford, CA)

UBC Open

March 30-31

Rashpal Dhillon Oval (Vancouver, BC)

UPS Shotwell Invitational

March 31

Baker Stadium (Tacoma, WA)

WWU Team Invitational

April 6

Civic Stadium (Bellingham, WA)

SMU Jay Hammer Meet

April 14

SMU Track & Field Complex (Lacey, WA)

Brian Clay Invitational

April 18-20

Cougar Athletic Stadium (Azusa, CA)

Beach Invitational

April 20-21

Jack Rose Track (Long Beach, CA)

WWU Ralph Vernacchia Track & Field Meet

April 28

Civic Stadium (Bellingham, WA)

GNAC Combined Event Championships

April 30-May 1

Brian and Nichole Bohner Track (Nampa, ID)

Ken Shannon Invitational

May 4-5

Husky Stadium (Seattle, WA)

GNAC Championships

May 11-12

McArthur Field (Monmouth, OR)

NCAA Championships

May 24-26

Irwin Belk Complex (Charlotte, NC)

 

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