March 10, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University shot putter Frank Catelli has been named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II West Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year and the Vikings' Pee Wee Halsell received Men's Coach of the Year honors in an announcement made Monday, March 10.
Catelli, a sophomore from Sequim, is the nation's No.9-ranked shot putter at 57-5 1/2(17.51m) with a winning effort at the Washington Indoor Open. He improved his personal indoor best from a year ago by nearly 1-1/2 meters, and finished runner-up at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. Catelli will compete in the shot put at the NCAA II Indoor Championships this weekend.
Halsell received the regional coaches' award for the second straight year and third time overall.
Halsell, who is in his 27th year as WWU's cross country and track & field coach, directed the Vikings to a defense of the GNAC crown where his squad broke three meet records, two outright conference records, and won five events.
Eight athletes broke school records this season for Halsell, whose team finished the season ranked first in the region and has three entries at nationals.
The 55-year-old Halsell has mentored 119 All-Americans and eight national champions and won 19 league or district titles during his tenure at WWU.
In all, Halsell has coached 35 years, being an assistant at Wayland Baptist TX for eight seasons. He is a 1981 graduate of Wayland Baptist.
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