Viking Men, Seawolf Women Teams To Beat in GNAC Indoor

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Feb. 19, 2014

NAMPA, Id. - Defending team champions Western Washington and Alaska Anchorage figure to be the teams to beat this weekend in the 11th annual GNAC Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet begins Friday morning at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho, with the multi-events.

The WWU men have the top seed in eight of the 17 events and return five defending champions, while the UAA women have seven No. 1 seeds.

Back to lead Western Washington's men are five athletes - Alex Donigian (20 points), Jonathon Poolman (15 points), Kevin Yates (13 points), Logan Myers (12 points) and Brett Watson (12 points) - who combined for 72 of WWU's winning team total of 152 last year.

The five won five individual titles and Poolman contributed to a sixth, running the lead leg on the 4x400 relay team that finished first in a meet-record time of 3:18.17. WWU has run 3:16.81 this season, the second best time in GNAC history.

Last year Donigian swept the 60 (meet-record 6.85 and 200 (21.96), while Poolman, Yates and Myers won the 400 (48.85), long jump (23-4) and high jump (6-7), respectively.

This winter Donigian has the best times in the GNAC in both of his events including a GNAC-record 6.76 in the 60 which ranks fifth nationally, and 22.14 in the 200.

Poolman ranks second in the 400 (49.00) in back of Ethan Hewitt of Alaska Anchorage (48.65). Yates is the conference leader in the long jump (22-9), while Myers ranks second in the high jump (6-6 ¼) in back of Watson, who set a GNAC-record of 6-10 ¼ last month at Seattle.

WWU also has the top seed in the mile (Chip Jackson 4:07.95), 60 hurdles (Travis Milbrandt and Myers both with times of 8.30) and shot put (Frank Catelli 57-5 ½). Catelli's mark ranks eighth nationally and Jackson's time ranks 10th.

WWU, which has won three men's team indoor titles, could get its toughest challenge from Alaska Anchorage, which will be led by Micah Chelimo, who swept the mile, 3000 and 5000 last year, in winning Outstanding Performer honors.

Chelimo is the top seed in the latter two events and has the best time nationally in the 5K. Both his 3K (8:10.99) and 5K (13:47.73) times are GNAC records.

The Seawolves also return Cody Thomas, who is the defending champion and top seed (4,805 points) in the heptathlon.

In all but four events, the men's defending champion returns.

In addition to the WWU and UAA athletes, defending champions include Western Oregon's Ryan Hansen in the 800 (1:53.27) and Andrew Venema of Central Washington in the 60 hurdles (8.29).

Two other former champions are also in the field. Seth Pierson of Seattle Pacific was the 2012 mile champion before finishing third last season.

Brett Campbell of Western Oregon, which won five consecutive team titles between 2008 and 2012, was the 2012 60 hurdles champion.

Among the top seeds for the Alaska Anchorage women are Jamie Ashcroft in the 60 (7.70) and 200 (GNAC-record 24.89), Joyce Kipchumba in the 3000 (9:33.60) and 5000 (16:49.59), Haleigh Lloyd in the 400 (58.56) and Karolin Anders in the pentathlon (3774). UAA also has the best time in the distance medley relay (11:45.08).

Kipchumba's times rank third (3,000) and second (5,000) nationally, while Anders' pentathlon score currently ranks third.

Northwest Nazarene, which is currently ranked second in the USTFCCCA West Regional computer rankings in back of UAA, has five top seeds including Marie Smith in the 60 hurdles (8.87), Alison Silva in the pole vault (12-7 ½), Vessie Uma in the shot put (43-10 ½) and Caitlin Curtis in the weight throw (50-8 ¼). NNU is also the current leader in the 4x400 (3:58.24).

Western Washington's Tanya Bjornsson is among four champions competing in events they have previously won.

Bjornsson scored 33 points last year to win the Female Outstanding Performer award. She won both the 60 (7.84) and 60 hurdles (8.79) and also finished second in the long jump (18-8) and third in the 200 (25.50). She also won the 60 hurdles in 2011.

She comes in as the top seed in the long jump (18-8 ½) and is the No. 4 seed in the 60 (7.90) and the No. 2 seed in the 60 hurdles (8.92). Bjornsson, who will skip the 200 this year, also comes in ranked 13th in GNAC history in career points with 53.

Also back to defend her title is Rosie Smith of Alaska Anchorage in the 200 (25.20).

Two other athletes are also past champions in events they are competing this weekend - Madison McClung of Western Oregon in the 200 and McKayla Fricker of Seattle Pacific in the 800. Both won those events in 2012.

Fricker currently is ranked third nationally in the 800 with a best time of 2:09.04 just ahead of Sarah Sawatzky of Simon Fraser (2:09.42).

Other Top 10 ranked athletes nationally include Lynelle Decker of Seattle Pacific, 10th in the 800 (2:12.22), Tayler Fettig of Central Washington in the high jump (5th, 5-9 ¼), and NNU's Silva (5th) and Cheyenna Pinley of Western Washington (10th, 12-6) in the pole vault.

For more Track and Field information, check out the GNAC Weekly release.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Boise State Team Challenge (Feb. 15 at Nampa): Men (Top 6): 400 - 4. Andrew Curtis, NNU, 50.17. 60 Hurdles - 4. Kyle McLaughlin, NNU, 8.47. 4x400 - 4. Northwest Nazarene 3:30.25. High Jump - 6. Cole Hoberg, NNU, 1.95 - 6-4 ¾. Pole Vault - 6. Zach McClanahan, NNU, 4.17 - 13-8 ¼. Triple Jump - 6. Stephen Larlee, NNU, 13.24 - 43-5 ¼. Weight Throw - 5. Matt Silva, NNU, 14.76 - 48-5 1.4. Women (Top 6): 1000 - 3. Rebecca Holland, NNU, 3:18.45; 4. Emily Merioles, NNU, 3:32.17. 60 Hurdles - 4. Marie Smith, NNU, 8.99; 6. Hannah Borden, NNU, 9.17. 4x400 Relay - 4. Northwest Nazarene 4:00.76. Pole Vault - 2. Alison Silva, NNU, 3.85 - 12-7 ½. Shot Put - 5. Vessie Umu, NNU, 12.98 - 42-7; 6. Jessica Johns, NNU, 12.96 - 42-6 ¼.

UW Invitational (Feb. 14-15 at Seattle): Men (Top 6): Mile (Early Race) - 2. Travis Vugteveen, SFU, 4:17.52. Distance Medley - 2. Western Oregon 9:58.43; 3. Simon Fraser 9:58.92; 4. Alaska Anchorage 9:59.67. Triple Jump - 3. Vladislav Moldavanov, SFU, 14.52 - 47-7 ¾. Shot Put - 6. Frank Catelli, WWU, 16.89 - 55-5. Women (Top 6): 800 - 4. McKayla Fricker, SPU, 2:09.17. Mile (Early Race) - 5. Rebecca Bassett, SFU, 5:06.65. Distance Medley - 4. Alaska Anchorage 11:45.08.

UW Open (Feb. 16, 2014): Men (Top 3): 400 - 2. Adam Commandeur, UAA,, 49.46. 3000 - 1. Dylan Anthony, UAA, 8:20.92. 60 Hurdles - 3. Bernari Sternen, CWU, 8.38. Pole Vault - 2. Gordon Kordas, WWU, 4.40 - 14--5 ¼. Triple Jump - 1. Luke Plummer, CWU, 13.72 - 45-0 ¼. Shot Put - 1. Frank Catelli, WWU, 17.51 - 57-5 ½. Women (Top 3):60 - 3. Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 7.70. 200 - 1. Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 25.15. 800 - 3. Susan Bick, UAA,, 2:14.97. 3000 - 3. Joyce Kipchumba, UAA, 9:33.60. 4x400 - 1. Central Washington 4:09.17. Pole Vault (Morning Session) - 1. Cheyanna Pinley, WWU, 3.81 - 12-6. Long Jump - 1. Kyra Brannan, SPU, 5.53 - 18-1 ¾ ; 2. Tasia Baldwin, SPU, 5.39 - 17-8 ¼.

2014 Indoor Track & Field Report 4 (Feb. 19, 2014)

THIS WEEK: Friday-Saturday - GNAC Indoor (at Nampa).

WHAT'S LEFT INDOORS: Mar. 1 - SPU Last Chance (CWU, SPU, SFU, SMU, WOU, WWU). Mar. 14-15 - NCAA National Indoor (at Winston-Salem, NC).

USTFCCCA NATIONAL COMPUTER RANKINGS (as of Feb. 17): Men - 21. Alaska Anchorage. Women - 7. Alaska Anchorage.

USTFCCCA REGIONAL COMPUTER RANKINGS (as of Feb. 17): Men - 1. Western Washington, 2. Alaska Anchorage, 4. Simon Fraser; 5. Northwest Nazarene; 6. Central Washington; 7. Montana State Billings; 8. Seattle Pacific; 9. Western Oregon; 10. Saint Martin's. Women - 1. Alaska Anchorage, 2. Northwest Nazarene; 3. Seattle Pacific, 4. Western Washington; 6. Central Washington; 9. Simon Fraser, 10. MSU Billings.

GNAC RED LION ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

MEN: Track - Micah Chelimo, Alaska Anchorage (Sr., Kapkoi, Kenya) set a GNAC record in the 5,000 meters Friday at the Husky Classic in Seattle finishing 10th in a time of 13:47.73. Chelimo, who was the lone non-Division I athlete in the Top 10, broke his own GNAC record of 13:51.19 he set last season. He is the only sub 14 minute 5K runner in GNAC history. Field - Vladislav Moldavanov, Simon Fraser (Fr., Pitt Meadows, BC) finished third in the Husky Classic in the triple jump leaping 47-7 ¾. That's the third longest mark in GNAC history.

Honorable Mention - Frank Catelli, Western Washington (So., Sequim, WA) finished sixth in the shot at the Husky Classic with a put of 55-5, then won the event at the UW Open with a mark of 57-5 ½ moving into eighth place on the NCAA Division II national performance list ... Daniel Kelloway, Simon Fraser (Fr., Mount Pearl, NFLD) ran the sixth best 400 in GNAC history (49.01) at the UW Husky Classic ... Kyle McLaughlin, Northwest Nazarene (So., Meridian, ID) finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.47) and also tied a school record finishing sixth in the high jump (6-4 ¾) at the Boise State Team Challenge. NNU's Cole Hoberg also cleared 6-4 ¾ in the meet ... Kody Rhodes, Western Oregon (Sr., Wilsonville, OR) led the Wolves to a school record of 9:58.43 in the distance medley relay at the UW Husky Classic. Time was the fourth best in GNAC history and currently ranks 15th on the national performance list. Rhodes also ran a time of 8.45 in the 60-meter hurdles.

WOMEN: Track - Joyce Kipchumba, Alaska Anchorage (Jr., Kapsowar, Kenya) posted provisional national qualifying marks in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. On Friday, she finished 16th in the 5,000 at the Husky Classic in Seattle. Her time of 16:49.59 ranks sixth in GNAC history. Then on Sunday she ran the second fastest 3K in GNAC history in finishing third at the UW Open in a time of 9:33.60. Field - Tanya Bjornsson, Western Washington (Sr., Ferndale, WA) finished second in the long jump at the UW Husky Classic with a provisional national qualifying leap of 18-8 ½. Bjornsson, who has a career-best of 18-9 ¼, is only one of four athletes in GNAC history to jump that far.

Honorable Mention - Connie Morgan, Central Washington (Sr., Hoquiam, WA) posted a provisional national qualifying time of 5:02.23 in the mile at the UW Indoor Open ... Vessie Umu, Northwest Nazarene (Jr., Colorado Springs, CO - Widefield) finished fifth in the shot at the Boise State Team Challenge with a provisional national qualifying put of 43-10 ½.

GNAC ATHLETES POST 22 NCAA NATIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS: GNAC athletes posted 22 national qualifying marks (new or improved) last week at Seattle and Nampa including an automatic mark of 13:47.73 by Micah Chelimo of Alaska Anchorage in the men's 5,000. That's currently the top mark in Division II. GNAC women accounted for 14 of the 22. GNAC relay teams - 3 men and 2 women - had five of the PNQs in the distance medley relay. Alaska Anchorage had 11, two each by Joyce Kipchumba (3K, 5K) and Ivy O'Guinn (mile, 3K) For a complete list, see BY THE NUMBERS.

GNAC TOP 10s: Nineteen new marks (11 men, 8 women) made the GNAC All-Time Top 10 list last week including Chelimo's GNAC record mark in the 5,000. Two of the marks - Frank Catelli of Western Washington in the shot put (57-5 ½) and by Kipchumba in the 3K - rank second in GNAC history.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING: Alaska Anchorage's two teams made huge leaps in the USTFCCCA national computer rankings, climbing from 39th to 21st on the men's side and from 22nd to seventh on the women's side. In the regional rankings, Western Washington remained as the top men's team, but UAA climbed from eighth to second. UAA switched places on the women's side with Northwest Nazarene moving into first place as the Crusaders fell to second. Individually, Chelimo (5,000) is the lone male athlete ranked in the Top 3. On the women's side, McKayla Fricker of Seattle Pacific is third in the 800 (2:09.04) and UAA's Joyce Kipchumba is second in the 5K and third in the 3K.

WHAT'S NEXT: After this week's GNAC Championships at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, athletes will have one more opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Division II national meet Mar. 1 at the SPU Last Chance. The national meet will be held Mar. 14-15 at Winston-Salem, NC.

BY THE NUMBERS

GNAC ALL-TIME TOP 10 PERFORMANCES (for Week of Feb. 10-16): Men: 400 - 6. Daniel Kelloway, SFU, 49.01. 3000 - 4. Dylan Anthony, UAA, 8:20.92; 6. Victor Samoei, UAA, 8:30.14; 7. Kevin Rooke, UAA, 8:30.29. 5000 - 1. Micah Chelimo, UAA, 13:47.73. Distance Medley - 4. Western Oregon 9:58.43; 5. Simon Fraser 9:58.92; 6. Alaska Anchorage 9:59.67. Triple Jump - 3. Vladislav Moldavanov, SFU, 14.52 - 47-7 ¾. Shot Put - 2. Frank Catelli, WWU, 17.51 - 57-5 ½; 9. Jacob Gilbert, WWU, 15.70 - 51-6 ¼. Women: 60 - 3. Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 7.70. 3000 - 2. Joyce Kipchumba, UAA, 9:33.60; 8. Ivy O'Guinn, UAA, 10:04.60. 5000 - 6. Joyce Kipchumba, UAA, 16:49.59. Distance Medley - 6. Alaska Anchorage 11:45.08. Pole Vault - 3. Alison Silva, NNU, 3.85 - 12-7 ½; 4. Cheyanna Pinley, WWU, 3.81 - 12-6. Shot Put - 8. Vessie Umu, NNU, 13.37 - 43-10 ½.

LAST WEEK'S NCAA QUALIFIERS (for Week of Feb. 10-16): Men: 3000 - Dylan Anthony, UAA, 8:20.92. 5000 - *Micah Chelimo, UAA, 13:47.73. Distance Medley - Western Oregon 9:58.43; Simon Fraser 9:58.92; Alaska Anchorage 9:59.67. Triple Jump - Vladislav Moldavanov, SFU, 14.52 - 47-7 ¾. Shot Put - Frank Catelli, WWU, 17.51 - 57-5 ½; Jacob Gilbert, WWU, 15.70 - 51-6 ¼. Women: 60 - Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 7.70. 800 - Susan Bick, UAA, 2:14.97; Jessica Pahkala, UAA, 2:15.11. Mile - Ivy O'Guinn, UAA, 5:01.87; Connie Morgan, CWU, 5:02.23. 3000 - Joyce Kipchumba, UAA, 9:33.60; Ivy O'Guinn, UAA, 10:04.60. 5000 - Joyce Kipchumba, UAA, 16:49.59. Distance Medley -Alaska Anchorage 11:45.08; Simon Fraser 11:54.05. Pole Vault - Alison Silva, NNU, 3.85 - 12-7 ½; Cheyanna Pinley, WWU, 3.81 - 12-6. Long Jump - Tanya Bjornsson, WWU, 5.70 - 18-8 ½. Shot Put - Vessie Umu, NNU, 13.37 - 43-10 ½.

GNAC NCAA TOP 20 NATIONAL QUALIFIERS (As of Feb. 18): Men: 60 - 5. Alex Donigian, WWU, 6.76. 800 - 15. Frank Krause, SMU, 1:52.04. Mile - 10. Chip Jackson, WWU, 4:07.95. 3000 - 7. Micah Chelimo, UAA, 8:10.99; 19. Dylan Anthony, UAA, 8:20.92. 5000 - 1. Micah Chelimo, UAA, 13:47.73. Distance Medley - 15. Western Oregon 9:58.43; 16. Simon Fraser 9:58.92; 19. Alaska Anchorage 9:59.67. High Jump - 16. Brett Watson, WWU, 2.09 - 6-10 ¼. Triple Jump - 18. Vladislav Moldavanov, SFU, 14.52 - 47-7 ¾. Shot Put - 8. Frank Catelli, WWU, 17.51 - 57-5 ½. Weight Throw - 18. Kevin Stanley, CWU, 18.05 - 59-2 ¾. Heptathlon - 15. Cody Thomas, UAA, 4805. Women: 60 - 20. Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 7.72. 800 - 3. McKayla Fricker, SPU, 2:09.04; 4. Sarah Sawatzky, SFU, 2:09.42; 10. Lynelle Decker, SPU, 2:12.22; 12. Natalie Evans, NNU, 2:12.55. 3000 - 3. Joyce Kipchumba, UAA, 9:46.71. 5000 - 2. Joyce Kipchumba, UAA, 16:49.59. Distance Medley - 6. Alaska Anchorage 11:45.08; 14. Simon Fraser 11:54.05. High Jump - 5. Tayler Fettig, CWU, 1.76 - 5-9 ¼; 14. Karolin Anders, UAA, 1.72 - 5-7 3/4. Pole Vault - 5. Alison Silva, NNU, 3.85 - 12-7 ½; 10. Cheyanna Pinley, WWU, 3.81 - 12-6. Long Jump - 17. Tanya Bjornsson, WWU, 5.70 - 18-8 ½. Pentathlon - 3. Karolin Anders, UAA, 3774. Note: Marks listed are based on a 200 meter banked track or an over 200 meter track. Marks on TFRRS national list are converted to a 200-meter flat track and may differ from those listed here.

LAST WEEK'S TOP FINISHERS

Boise State Team Challenge (Feb. 15 at Nampa): Men (Top 6): 400 - 4. Andrew Curtis, NNU, 50.17. 60 Hurdles - 4. Kyle McLaughlin, NNU, 8.47. 4x400 - 4. Northwest Nazarene 3:30.25. High Jump - 6. Cole Hoberg, NNU, 1.95 - 6-4 ¾. Pole Vault - 6. Zach McClanahan, NNU, 4.17 - 13-8 ¼. Triple Jump - 6. Stephen Larlee, NNU, 13.24 - 43-5 ¼. Weight Throw - 5. Matt Silva, NNU, 14.76 - 48-5 1.4. Women (Top 6): 1000 - 3. Rebecca Holland, NNU, 3:18.45; 4. Emily Merioles, NNU, 3:32.17. 60 Hurdles - 4. Marie Smith, NNU, 8.99; 6. Hannah Borden, NNU, 9.17. 4x400 Relay - 4. Northwest Nazarene 4:00.76. Pole Vault - 2. Alison Silva, NNU, 3.85 - 12-7 ½. Shot Put - 5. Vessie Umu, NNU, 12.98 - 42-7; 6. Jessica Johns, NNU, 12.96 - 42-6 ¼.

UW Invitational (Feb. 14-15 at Seattle): Men (Top 6): Mile (Early Race) - 2. Travis Vugteveen, SFU, 4:17.52. Distance Medley - 2. Western Oregon 9:58.43; 3. Simon Fraser 9:58.92; 4. Alaska Anchorage 9:59.67. Triple Jump - 3. Vladislav Moldavanov, SFU, 14.52 - 47-7 ¾. Shot Put - 6. Frank Catelli, WWU, 16.89 - 55-5. Women (Top 6): 800 - 4. McKayla Fricker, SPU, 2:09.17. Mile (Early Race) - 5. Rebecca Bassett, SFU, 5:06.65. Distance Medley - 4. Alaska Anchorage 11:45.08.

UW Open (Feb. 16 at Seattle): Men (Top 3): 400 - 2. Adam Commandeur, UAA,, 49.46. 3000 - 1. Dylan Anthony, UAA, 8:20.92. 60 Hurdles - 3. Bernari Sternen, CWU, 8.38. Pole Vault - 2. Gordon Kordas, WWU, 4.40 - 14--5 ¼. Triple Jump - 1. Luke Plummer, CWU, 13.72 - 45-0 ¼. Shot Put - 1. Frank Catelli, WWU, 17.51 - 57-5 ½. Women (Top 3):60 - 3. Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 7.70. 200 - 1. Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 25.15. 800 - 3. Susan Bick, UAA,, 2:14.97. 3000 - 3. Joyce Kipchumba, UAA, 9:33.60. 4x400 - 1. Central Washington 4:09.17. Pole Vault (Morning Session) - 1. Cheyanna Pinley, WWU, 3.81 - 12-6. Long Jump - 1. Kyra Brannan, SPU, 5.53 - 18-1 ¾ ; 2. Tasia Baldwin, SPU, 5.39 - 17-8 ¼.

PREVIOUS GNAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Men

Week of Dec. 9-15: Track - Rimar Christie, Northwest Nazarene (Jr., St, Michael, Barbados) finished second in the 60 meters at the Jacksons Open and Multi in Nampa. Christie's time of 6.90 was a NNU school record and ranks fifth all-time in GNAC history. His previous best was 6.91 came in the prelims of last year's conference championships.

Week of Jan. 13-19: Track - Alex Donigan, Western Washington (So., Mission Viejo, CA) broke the GNAC's longest existing indoor track record finishing third in the 60 meters at the UW Indoor Preview. Donigan, whose previous career best was 6.85, was clocked in a provisional national qualifying time of 6.76, eclipsing the old record of 6.78 set by Mike Hinshaw of Western Oregon in 2002. Donigan also finished fifth in the 200 in a time of 22.14. In both races, the only runners who finished ahead of him were competing for USC. Field - Frank Catelli, Western Washington (So., Sequim, WA) finished first in the shot at UW with a provisional national qualifying put of 55-10 ½. Catelli's mark ranks second on the GNAC All-Time Top 10 list.

Week of Jan. 20-26: Men: Track - Frank Krause, Saint Martin's (Jr., Onalaska, WA) finished third in the 800 meters in a GNAC-season best time of 1:55.20 and fourth in the 400 in a time of 50.88 in a pair of meets Friday and Saturday at the University of Idaho. His 800 time was just 1.21 seconds off the NCAA provisional national qualifying time and his 400 time fell just .05 seconds shy of a 12-year school-record. Field - Grayson Kilgore, Northwest Nazarene (Sr., Kuna, ID) pole-vaulted a GNAC season-best 14-9, placing ninth in the Jacksons Invite at Nampa.

Week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Track - Chip Jackson, Western Washington (Sr., Shoreline, WA - Shorewood) ran the second fastest mile in GNAC history in winning the open division at the UW Invitational in a provisional national qualifying time of 4:07.95. His time was less than four seconds off the NCAA automatic standard (for banked tracks) of 4:04.01. Field - Brett Watson, Western Washington (Jr., Ferndale, WA) broke a 22-year Viking school record and also bettered the eight-year-old GNAC record in finishing fifth in the high jump at UW. His jump of 6-10 1/4 bettered the previous GNAC record of 6-9 3/4 by Cresap Watson of Central Washington in 2006 and the

Week of Feb. 3-9: Track - Frank Krause, Saint Martin's (Jr., Onalaska, WA) finished second in the 800 meters at the Idaho Vandal Indoor Friday in a provisional national qualifying time of 1:52.04. The time ranks 12th nationally among NCAA Division II athletes this winter and sixth all-time in GNAC history. On Saturday, he finished fourth in the 400 meters at the Idaho Open in a time of 50.61, breaking a 12-year old SMU school record. Field - Kevin Stanley, Central Washington (Jr., Spokane Valley, WA - Central Valley) was the top collegian in the weight throw Saturday at Idaho finishing third with a provisional national qualifying mark of 59-2 ¾. That ranks fourth in GNAC history.

Women

Week of Dec. 9-15: Track - Natalie Evans, Northwest Nazarene (Sr., New Plymouth, ID) won the mile at the Jacksons' Open and Multi. Evans was clocked in a time of 5:04.39. She also led the Crusaders to a second place finish in the 4x400 relay in a time of 4:04.59, just .02 seconds in back of host Boise State.

Week of Jan. 13-19: Women: Track - Sarah Sawatzky, Simon Fraser (Sr., Chilliwack, BC) finished sixth at the UW Invitational in the 800 meters in a provisional national qualifying time 2:09.42. That time ranks fourth in GNAC history in an event that historically has been one of the best in the conference and establishes her as the early-season national leader in Division II. She was the top collegiate finisher Saturday, finishing eight seconds faster than the second collegian from UC Irvine. Field - Tayler Fettig, Central Washington (Jr., Olympia, WA) finished second in the high jump at the Washington State Open with a provisional national qualifying leap of 5-8, moving into a tie for fourth on the GNAC all-time indoor list. That mark ranks third in the early-season national rankings.

Week of Jan. 20-26: Track - Jordan Rehfeld, Northwest Nazarene (Sr., Nampa, ID - Columbia) placed second in the 3,000 meters in a provisional national qualifying time of 9:58.78 Friday at the Jacksons Invite. Rehfeld's time is the seventh fastest in GNAC history and was one of two PNQs established by the Crusaders in the meet along with a 800-meter time of 2:16.13 by Natalie Evans. Rehfeld's time also broke the Crusader school record by more than 10 seconds. Field - Angel Rodgers, Saint Martin's (Jr., Everett, WA - Everett CC), competing in her first meet for the Saints, broke the school record by nearly seven feet with a 20-pound weight throw of 47-1, earning her a seventh place finish at the Idaho Collegiate.

Week of Jan, 27-Feb. 2: Track - McKayla Fricker, Seattle Pacific (Sr., Canby, OR) and Jamie Ashcroft, Alaska Anchorage (Fr., Shawnigan Lake, BC - Frances Kelsey) ... Fricker grabbed the national lead in the 800 meters away from Sarah Sawatzky of Simon Fraser finishing ninth in the 800 invitational at the University of Washington Invitational in a provisional national qualifying time of 2:09.04. Fricker's time is the fourth best in GNAC history and missed the NCAA automatic standard by just .04 seconds ... Ashcroft posted two PNQs at the Ed Jacoby Invite in Nampa. She finished third in both events, posting a time of 7.72 in the 60 and a GNAC-record time of 24.89 in the 200. Her 60 time ranks third in GNAC history. Field - Karolyn Anders, Alaska Anchorage (So., Berlin, Germany) finished second at Nampa in the pentathlon. Her score of 3,774 points ranks second in GNAC history and currently ranks third on the NCAA Division II national performance list. Among her marks was a leap of 5-7 3/4 in the high jump. That ranks sixth all-time in the GNAC and ninth on the current national performance list.

Week of Feb. 3-9: Track - Marie Smith, Northwest Nazarene (Sr., Boise, ID - Capital) finished second in the 60 hurdles at the Bronco Invitational in Nampa with a provisional national qualifying time of 8.87. That time is a school record and ranks sixth in GNAC history. Field - Alison Silva, Northwest Nazarene (Fr., Nampa, ID) pole-vaulted a provisional national qualifying 12-5 ½ for the second week in a row to finish third at the Bronco Invitational. That height ranks fourth on the GNAC Top 10 all-time list.

PREVIOUS 2013-14 TOP FINISHERS

Black Hills Holiday Open (Dec. 6-7 at Spearfish, SD): Men (Top 3): Mile - 3. Jamon Rodrigues, MSUB, 4:34.61. 3000 - 1. Chase Robinson, MSUB, 8:52.32; 3. Jamon Rodrigues, MSUB, 9:17.83. 4x400 Relay - 3. MSU Billings 3:38.14. Pole Vault - 3. Cole Campbell, MSUB, 4.21 - 13-9 ¾. Shot Put - 3. Anthony Montanez, MSUB, 14.75 - 48-4 ½. Women (Top 3): 60 - 2. Blair Street, MSUB, 8.05. 60 Hurdles - 3. Hope Reid, MSUB, 9.61. 800 - 2. Ashlynn VanVoast, MSUB, 2:35.59. 3000 - 1. Nocona Frame, MSUB, 10:55.91; 2. Rio Frame, MSUB, 10:57.05; 3. Mary Owen, MSUB, 11:02.22.

Jacksons Open and Multi (Dec. 13-14 at Nampa): Men (Top 3): 60 - 2. Rimar Christie, NNU, 6.90. 300 - 1. Andrew Curtis, NNU, 34.90. Mile - 1. Michael Gordon, NNU, 4:37.69. 60 Hurdles - 2. Kyle McLaughlin, NNU, 8.68. 4x400 Relay - 3. Northwest Nazarene 3:30.46. Triple Jump - 2. Stephen Larlee, NNU, 14.02 - 46-0. Shot Put - 3. Jeremiah Woods, NNU, 122.57 - 41-3. Women (Top 3): Mile - 1. Natalie Evans, NNU, 5:04.39; 2. Jordan Rehfeld, NNU, 5:10.28. 60 Hurdles - 2. Marie Smith, NNU, 9.18. 4x400 Relay - 2. Northwest Nazarene 4:04.59. High Jump - 2. Lexi Sarver, NNU, 1.55 - 5-1. Pole Vault - 2. Alison Silva, NNU, 3.50 - 11-5 ¾. Weight Throw - 3. Caitlin Curtis, NNU, 15.45 - 50-8 ¼.

Black Hills State Open (Jan. 11 at Spearfish, SD): Men (Top 3): 60 - 2. Cameron Stanek, MSUB, 7.40. 200 - 2. Cameron Stanek, MSUB, 24.04. 400 - 3. Lewis Polkow, MSUB, 53.98. Mile - 3. Robert Peterson, MSUB, 4:32.24. 3000 - 2. Jamon Rodriguez, MSUB, 9:02.63; 3. Chase Robinson, MSUB, 9:07.26. Long Jump - 2. Cameron Stanek, MSUB, 6.09 - 19-11 ¾. Shot Put - 1. Anthony Montanez, MSUB, 13.67 - 44-10; 3. Kyle DuCharme, MSUB, 12.30 - 40-4 ¼. Weight Throw - 2. Dylan Beuhler, MSUB, 14.39 - 47-2 ¼; 3. Anthony Montanez, MSUB, 14.37 - 47-1 ¾. Women (Top 3): 60 - 2. Blair Street, MSUB, 8.26. Mile - 1. Rio Frame, MSUB, 5:27.05. 3000 - 1. Mary Owen, MSUB, 10:58.39; 2. Nocona Frame, MSUB, 11:02.76; 3. Renae Hepfner, MSUB, 11:21.11. 60 Hurdles - 2. Hope Reid, MSUB, 9.47. 4x400 Relay - 2. MSU Billings 4:40.88. High Jump - 2. Hope Reid, MSUB, 1.55 - 5-1. Long Jump - 2. Hope Reid, MSUB, 4.83 - 15-10. Shot Put - 3. Corrie Holm, MSUB, 10.99 - 36-0 ¾.

University of Washington Open (Jan. 18 at Seattle): Men (Top 8): 60 - 3. Alex Donigian, WWU, 6.76. 200 - 5. Alex Donigian, WWU, 22.14. 400 - 3. Daniel Kelloway, SFU, 49.42; 7. Jonathon Poolman, WWU, 49.82. 3000 - 6. Micah Chelimo, UAA, 8:10.99. 4x400 Relay - 5. Western Washington 3:19.17; 6. Alaska Anchorage 3:21.86; 8. Simon Fraser 3:22.90. 4x800 Relay - 5. Western Oregon 8:06.07. Long Jump - 5. Kevin Yates, WWU, 6.93 - 22-9; 6. Brett Watson, WWU, 6.87 - 22-6 ½. Shot Put - 1. Frank Catelli, WWU, 17.03 - 55-10 ½; 8. Jacob Gilbert, WWU, 15.45 - 50-8 ¼. Women (Top 8): 800 - 6. Sarah Sawatzky, SFU, 2:09.42. 1000 - 7. McKayla Fricker, SPU, 2:48.32. 4x400 Relay - 5. Seattle Pacific 3:58.74; 7. Alaska Anchorage 4:01.34. 4x800 Relay - 5. Western Oregon 10:08.00. High Jump - 5. Alexis Anderson, WOU, 1.65 - 5-5; 8. Shelby Peterson, WOU, 1.60 - 5-3. Long Jump - 7. Kyra Brannan, SPU, 5.37 - 17-7 ½.

Washington State Open (Jan. 17-18 at Pullman): Men (Top 3): Mile - 3. John Wojtech, CWU, 4:26.40. 3000 - 2. John Wojtech, CWU, 9:14.50. Triple Jump - 2. Luke Plummer, CWU, 13.88 - 45-6 ½. Women (Top 3): 400 - 3. Seanna Pitassi, CWU, 1:03.25. Mile - 2. Connie Morgan, CWU, 5:12.33; 3. Dani Eggleston, CWU, 5:13.59. 3000 - 2. Dani Eggleston, CWU, 10:41.66. High Jump - 2. Tayler Fettig, CWU, 1.73 - 5-8.

Montana State Open (Jan. 17 at Bozeman): Men (Top 6): 800 - 4. Drew Galahan, MSUB, 1:56.94. Mile - 3. Robert Peterson, MSUB, 4:18.55; 5. Chase Robinson, MSUB, 4:24.20. 3000 - 5. Jamon Rodrigues, MSUB, 9:00.44; 6. Chase Robinson, MSUB, 9:03.86. 4x400 - 6. MSU Billings 3:33.26, Shot Put - 2. Anthony Montanez, MSUB, 15.35 - 50-4 ½. Weight Throw - 4. Dylan Beuhler, MSUB, 15.78 - 51-9 ¼. Women (Top 6): 55 Hurdles - 6. Hope Reid, MSUB, 8.87. High Jump - 6. Hope Reid, MSUB, 1.51 - 4-11 ½.

Idaho Collegiate (Jan. 24 at Moscow): Men (Top 6): 60 - 1. Kent McKinney, CWU, 7.04. 800 - 3. Frank Krause, SMU, 1:55.20. 4x400 Relay - 3. Saint Martin's 3:32.77; 4. Central Washington 3:40.49. High Jump - 4. Justin Peterson, CWU, and Ethan Meikle, CWU, 1.90 - 6-2 ¾ . Pole Vault - 4. Joseph Keeton, SMU, 4.45 - 14-7 ¼ . Triple Jump - 1. Luke Plummer, CWU, 13.52 - 44-5 1/4. Women (Top 6): 60 - 4. Renee Hudson, SMU, 8.12. 4x400 Relay - 4. Saint Martin's 4:30.66.

Jacksons Invite (Jan. 24-25 at Nampa): Men (Top 8): 60 - 7. Rimar Christie, NNU, 6.99. 600 - 5. Nick Martin, NNU, 1:25.18. 4x400 Relay - 5. Northwest Nazarene 3:30.18. Distance Medley - 3. Northwest Nazarene 10:48.40. High Jump - 8. Cole Hoberg, NNU, 1.95 - 6-4 ¾. Triple Jump - 7. Stephen Larlee, NNU, 13.89 - 45-7. Shot Put - 7. John VanBeuren, NNU, 14.12 - 46-4. Women (Top 8): 600 - 6. Kaydee Kulm, NNU, 1:50.65; 7. Emily Merioles, NNU, 1:54.24. 800 - 4. Natalie Evans, NNU, 2:16.13. 3000 - 2. Jordan Rehfeld, NNU, 9:58.87. Pole Vault - 6. Alison Silva, NNU, 3.40 - 11-1 ¾. Shot Put - 8. Jessica Johns, NNU, 12.55 - 41-2 ¼.

Idaho Open(Jan. 25 at Moscow): Men (Top 6): 400 - 4. Frank Krause, SMU, 50.88. Mile - 4. John Wojtech, CWU, 4:23.75. 3000 - 1. Rudy Spencer, CWU, 9:10.48. 5000 - 3. Joe Berger, SMU, 15:24.91; 5. Nathan Morgan, SMU, 16:18.33. High Jump - 4. Ethan Meikle, CWU, 1.85 - 6-0 ¾ . Pole Vault - 3. Matt Hankins, SMU, 3.80 - 12-2 ¼ . Long Jump - 7. Justin Peterson, CWU, 6.07 - 19-11. Shot Put - 6. Troy Martin, CWU, 14.72 - 48-3 ½ . Weight Throw - 5. Kevin Standley, CWU, 16.54 - 54-3; 6. Vincent Fualefau, SMU, 14.66 - 48-1. Women (Top 6): Weight Throw - 4. Dorothy Moore, CWU, 14.46 - 47-5 ¼ ; 6. Ami Wick, SMU, 14.03 - 46-0 ¼.

Boise State Jacoby Invite (Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Nampa): Men (Top 3): 60 - 3. Rimar Christie, NNU, 6.95. 400 - 2. Ethan Hewitt, UAA, 48.65. Mile - 1. Micah Chelimo, UAA, 4:15.86; 3. Isaac Kangogo, UAA, 4:23.08. 4x400 Relay - 3. Northwest Nazarene 3"22.73. Distance Medley - 1. Alaska Anchorage 10:02.54. Women (Top 3): 60 - 3. Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 7.72. 200 - 3. Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 24.89. 800 - 3. Jessica Pahkala, UAA, 2:18.75. Mile - 1. Jordan Rehfeld, NNU, 5:04.50; 2. Joyce Kipchumba, UAA, 5:07.30. 60 Hurdles - 2. Rosie Smith, UAA, 8.92; 3. Marie Smith, NNU, 9.02. Distance Medley - 1. Northwest Nazarene (Evans, Kilgore, Fleming, Rehfeld) 12:17.11; 2. Alaska Anchorage 12:18.38. Pole Vault - 3. Alison Silva, 3.80 - 12-5 ½. Pentathlon - 2. Karolin Anders, UAA, 3774.

UW Invitational (Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Seattle): Men (Top 6): 60 - 5. Alex Donigian, WWU, 6.79. 400 Invitational - 5. Jonathon Poolman, WWU, 49.00. 400 - 4. Daniel Kelloway, SFU, 49.02. 800 - 1. Travis Vugteveen, SFU, 1:54.56; 4. Josh Hanna, WOU, 1:55.74; 5. Ryan McArthur, WWU, 1:57.07. Mile - 1. Chip Jackson, WWU, 4:07.95. 60 Hurdles - 5. Logan Myers, WWU, 8.30. 4x400 - 3. Western Washington 3:16.81; 6. Simon Fraser 3:19.81. Distance Medley - 4. Simon Fraser 10:04.15; 5. Western Oregon 10:04.79. High Jump - 5. Brett Watson, WWU, 2.09 - 6-10 ¼. Shot Put - 6. Frank Catelli, WWU, 16.82 - 55-2 ¼. Women (Top 6): 800 - 3. Lynelle Decker, SPU, 2:12.22. Distance Medley - 5. Simon Fraser 12:08.03. High Jump - 6. Alexis Anderson, WOU, and Katelyn Wright, WWU, 1.60 - 5-3. Pole Vault - 5. Cheyanna Pinley, WWU, 3.66 - 12-0.

Mountain State Games (Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Pocatello): Men (Top 6): 3000 - 1. Robert Peterson, MSUB, 8:48.34; 3. Jamon Rodrigues, MSUB, 8:54.04; 5. Chase Robinson, MSUB, 9:00.17. 4x400 Relay - 2. MSU Billings 3:28.18. Distance Medley - 2. MSU Billings 10:16.86. Shot Put - 2. Anthony Montanez, MSUB, 15.12 - 49-7 ¼. Weight Throw - 1. Dylan Buehler, MSUB, 15.13 - 49-7 ¾; 2. Anthony Montanez, MSUB, 15.10 - 49-6 ½; 3. Kyle DuCharme, MSUB, 13.81 - 45-3 ¾. Women (Top 6): Mile - 1. Nocona Frame, MSUB, 5:18.24. 3000 - 1. Rio Frame, MSUB, 10:41.52; 4. Jinise Osborne, MSUB, 10:55.75; 5. Mary Owen, MSUB, 10:57.81. 60 Hurdles - 2. Hope Reid, MSUB, 9.60; 5. Shelby Martinell, MSUB, 10.18; 6. Kaytlin Halle, MSUB, 10.21. 4x400 Relay - 5. MSU Billings 4:30.24. Distance Medley Relay - 5. MSU Billings 12:59.03. High Jump - 2. Hope Reid, MSUB, 1.40 - 4-7. Weight Throw - 5. Corrie Holm, MSUB, 11.66 - 38-3.

WSU Cougar Indoor (Jan. 31-Feb. 1): Women: Pentathlon - 2. Tayler Fettig, CWU, 3384 (60 Hurdles - 9.18; High Jump - 1.76 - 5-9 ¼; Shot Put - 10.12 - 33-2 ½; Long Jump - 5.22 - 17-1 ½; 800 - 2:53.67. Men: Shot Put - 4. Kevin Stanley, CWU, 14.44 - 47-4 ½.

Vandal Indoor (Feb. 7 at Moscow): Men (Top 6): 60 - 2. Kent McKinney, CWU, 6.96. 800 - 2. Frank Krause, SMU, 1:52.04. 60 Hurdles - 5. Bernari Sternen, CWU, 8.38. 4x200 - 3. Saint Martin's 1:32.33. 4x400 Relay - 3. Saint Martin's 3:38.89. High Jump - 5. Ethan Meikle, CWU, 13.63 - 44-8 ¾. Shot Put - 6. Troy Martin, CWU, 15.39 - 50-6. Discus - 6. Troy Martin, CWU, 43.14 - 141-6. Women (Top 6): Mile - 4. Connie Morgan, CWU, 5:06.91. 4x200 Relay - 3. Saint Martin's 1:50.02.

Vandal Open (Feb. 8 at Moscow): Men (Top 6): 60 - 4. Jordan Todd, CWU, 7.05. 400 - 4. Frank Krause, SMU, 50.61. 600 - 3. Cody House, SMU, 1:31.17; 4. Joseph Keeton, SMU, 1:31.21; 5. Austin Brenner, SMU, 1:31.73; 6. Ian Boyle, SMU, 1:38.69. 800 - 3. John Wojtech, CWU, 1:56.51. 1000 - 6. Mitchell Hughey, SMU, 2:42.16. 3000 - 3. Joe Berger. SMU, 8:55.86. Women (Top 6): 60 - 3. Brittany Carterby, CWU, 8.13; 4. Renee Hudson, SMU, 8.14. 600 - 2. Megan Teigen, SMU, 1:45.02; 3. Alexis Carandang, SMU, 1:50.16. 800 - 1. Connie Morgan, CWU, 2:18.08; 5. Jayna Inderbitzin, CWU, 2:25.94. 4x400 - 5. Central Washington 4:15.82. High Jump - 3. Moriah Bently, CWU, 1.50 - 4-11. Long Jump - 4. Tayler Fettig, CWU, 5.26 - 17-3 ¼. Triple Jump - 4. Marinah Bently, CWU, 10.27 - 33-8 ½; 6. Kellie Shreve, CWU, 9.52 - 31-3. Weight Throw - 6. Angel Rodgers, SMU, 14.93 - 48-11 ¾.

Bronco Invitational (Feb. 8 at Nampa): Men (Top 6): 60 - 4. Rimar Christie, NNU, 6.94. Mile - 5. Chase Cunningham, NNU, 4:28.38. 60 Hurdles - 5. Kyle McLaughlin, NNU, 8.52. 4x400 Relay - 5. Northwest Nazarene 3:22.59. Pole Vault - 5. Greyson Kilgore, NNU, 4.50 - 14-9. Triple Jump - 5. Stephen Larlee, NNU, 13.91 - 45-7 ¾. Women (Top 6): 800 - 4. Natalie Evans, NNU, 2:12..55. 3000 - 1. Jordan Rehfeld, NNU, 10:00.67. 60 Hurdles - 2. Marie Smith, NNU, 8.87. 4x400 Relay - 6. Northwest Nazarene 3:59.56. Pole Vault - 3. Alison Silva, NNU, 3.80 - 12-5 ½.

Black Hills/Chadron State Invitational (Feb. 8 at Gillette, WY): Men (Top 6): 4. Ryan Blomback, MSUB, 4:43.44. 5000 - 4. Robert Peterson, MSUB, 15:36.91; 5. Jamon Rodrigues, MSUB, 15:50.71. 4x400 Relay - 5. MSU Billings 3:30.98. Distance Medley - 1. MSU Billings (Chase Robinson, Nathan Vanderby, Drew Galahan, Robert Peterson) 10:17.34. Pole Vault - 4. Cole Campbell, MSUB, 4.15. Shot Put - 5. Anthony Montanez, MSUB, 14.76. Weight Throw - 5. Dylan Buehler, MSUB, 15.73. Women (Top 6): Mile - 6. Rio Frame, MSUB, 5:27.78. 3000 - 4. Mary Owen, MSUB, 11:14.47; 5. Jinise Osborne, MSUB, 11:16.06. 5000 - 1. Mary Owen, MSUB, 19:26.43; 2. Jinise Osborne, MSUB, 19:30.26. 60 Hurdles - 5. Hope Reid, MSUB, 10.00; 6. Kaytlin Halle, MSUB, 10.01. Pole Vault - 6. Hope Reid, MSUB, 2.75.