MONMOUTH, Ore. – The Western Washington University men’s track & field team is 3rd while the women’s team ranks 5th after the first of two competition days at the 2017 GNAC Outdoor Championships, hosted by Western Oregon University at McArthur Field.
The Viking men totaled 37 points on Friday, trailing defending champion Alaska Anchorage (66) and Concordia (61). On the women’s side, Central Washington leads after Friday’s action with 52 points, followed by Alaska Anchorage (47). Concordia (46) and defending champion Seattle Pacific (46) are tied for 3rd and the Vikings follow just behind in 5th with 45 points.
Senior Brittany Grant (Port Townsend, WA) opened the day on a strong note for the Vikings by winning the 3,000m steeplechase, the first track race of the day, with a time of 10:43.79. She led from start to finish and won by a margin just shy of 12 seconds.
Junior Brandon Pless (Sedro-Woolley, WA) finished 2nd in the shot put with a distance of 15.89m/52-1.75 for 8 team points and added a 3rd-place finish in the discus with personal-best and NCAA Division II provisional-qualifying mark of 51.37m/168-6.75. His mark ranks No. 3 in WWU history and No. 9 in GNAC history. Sophomore Bryan Lee (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) was also a scoring placer in the discus on Friday, finishing 7th with a toss of 45.00m/147-8.
Senior Kevin Yates (Snohomish, WA) placed 2nd in the long jump with a mark of 7.01m/23-0 to score 8 points for WWU while freshman Nick Makrakis (Concord, CA/Northgate) and junior Somit Chhim (Kelso, WA) were 9th (6.68m/21-11) and 10th (6.65m/21-10), respectively.
Senior Jasmine McMullin (Sequim, WA) finished 3rd to account for 6 team points in the long jump, leading three WWU jumpers in the event with a leap of 5.48m/17-11.75.
Freshman Jewels Oliquiano (Kaneohe, HI/Castle) placed 2nd to lead three Vikings among the top five in the pole vault with a height of 3.52m/11-6.5). Junior Anna Paradee (Tacoma, WA/Decatur) also cleared 3.52m/11-6.5 and finished 3rd while sophomore Rachael Roberts (Woodinville, WA/Bellevue College) cleared 3.36m/11-0.25 to finish 5th.
The following are team scores at the conclusion of Friday’s competition along with additional highlights from Friday for WWU.
Men’s Team Scores:
- Alaska Anchorage (66)
- Concordia (61)
- Western Washington (37)
- Northwest Nazarene (33)
- Central Washington (25)
- MSU Billings (20)
- Western Oregon (16)
- Simon Fraser (8)
- Seattle Pacific (6)
- Saint Martin’s (1)
Women’s Team Scores:
- Central Washington (52)
- Alaska Anchorage (47)
- Concordia (46)
- Seattle Pacific (46)
- Western Washington (45)
- Western Oregon (14)
- Simon Fraser (10)
- Saint Martin’s (7)
- Northwest Nazarene (4)
- MSU Billings (2)
Freshman Kelsey McLean (Kirkland, WA/Juanita) advanced to Saturday’s final in the 100m with a qualifying time of 12.61 (8th) on Friday, while freshman Macie Allen (Gresham, OR/Barlow) came in 10th (12.71) and freshman Hannah Bradley (Bellingham, WA) was 12th (12.92).
Sophomore Tracy Melville (Lamont, WA/Lind-Ritzville/Sprague) led six WWU competitors in the 10,000m, clocking a personal-best time of 37:32.88 in 6th place. Junior Alexandra Laiblin (Oak Harbor, WA) and freshman Sophia Galvez (Los Alamos, NM) followed behind Melville with Laiblin finishing in 37:42.36 and Galvez in 37:43.68 to give WWU a trio of scoring finishers. Melville’s time ranks No. 7 on the WWU top 10 while Laiblin’s is 10th.
100m and 200m (Men)
Sophomore Daniel Jones (Ferndale, WA) advanced to Saturday’s final of the 100m with a qualifying time of 11.32 to place 8th in Friday’s race. Freshman Alex Taylor (Federal Way, WA) was 10th in a time of 11.38. Jones also qualified for the final of the 200m with a 6th-place finish in Friday’s race with a time of 22.51.
Senior Ryan McArthur (Lynwood, WA) clocked a time of 48.74 to place 5th in the 400m on Friday, advancing to Saturday’s final.
Senior Cody McCranie (Auburn, WA) also advanced to a Saturday final with a 5th-place finish in Friday’s 800m race (1:55.40).
3,000m Steeplechase (Men)
Sophomore Dylan Hayes (Seattle, WA/Garfield) led three Vikings in the 3,000m steeplechase, placing 5th with a personal-best time of 9:17.33 ranking 10th in WWU top 10 history. Senior Andrew Wise (Denver, CO/East) followed in 6th with a time of 9:22.66 to give WWU two scoring placers.
In the 10,000m, freshman Eric Hamel (Enumclaw, WA) led three Vikings with a time of 31:57.00 to place 5th. Sophomore Peter Butler (Port Angeles, WA) also scored points for WWU with a 7th-place finish in a time of 31:59.82.
400m Hurdles (Men)
Freshman Cordell Cummings (Arlington, WA) placed 2nd in Friday’s 400m hurdles prelims with a time of 55.00 to advance to Saturday’s final. Sophomore Reid Lovercamp (Wenatchee, WA) was 7th in a time of 57.32, also advancing with a qualifying time. Cummings just missed qualifying for the final of the 110m hurdles, placing 9th on Friday in a time of 16.02.
2017 GNAC Track & Field Championships
May 12-13, 2017
Monmouth, Ore. // McArthur Field (host: Western Oregon University)
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