Porter places ninth in women's 10,000 at NCAA II National Championships
May 22, 2008
WALNUT, Calif. - Western Washington University's Sarah Porter (Fr., Hockinson) placed ninth in the women's 10,000 meters and Heidi Dimmitt (Jr., Wenatchee) advanced to the women's 400 hurdles final by finishing third in her preliminary heat during opening-day action Thursday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships being held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mount San Antonio College.
The meet was delayed for three hours because of thunder and lightning storms.
Porter broke her own school record with a 36:11.17 clocking. It was her third national competition of the school year as she placed 45th at the cross country championships and finished 15th in the 5,000 at the indoor track championships.
Porter, who won the 10,000 at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships, previously had set a school record in the indoor 5,000 (17:25.84).
Dimmitt, who is competing at nationals for the second straight year, advanced to the 400 hurdle final Saturday (7:15 p.m.) after posting a time of 1:01.79. She has won that event at the last two GNAC Championships, setting a meet record this spring. Her personal best time is 1:01.69.
On Friday, Western's Christy Miller (Jr., Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly) competes in the women's pole vault beginning at 5:20 p.m. and Keith Lemay (Sr., Lynden/Lynden Christian) runs a preliminary men's 800 heat at 6:35 p.m.
The Vikings' Monika Gruszecki (So., Lynnwood/Meadowdale) will defend her national title in the women's javelin Saturday at 2 p.m.
Western's contingent of five is a school record for the NCAA II national meet.
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