March 14, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Western Washington University's Tanya Bjornsson (Sr., Ferndale) placed ninth in the women's long jump, missing out on a top eight finish and All-America honors by 1/4-inch, on Friday at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships being held on the JDL Fast Track.
Bjornsson, who reached the finals, leaped 18-7 (5.66 meters). She entered the meet ranked 12th nationally with a season-best mark of 19-1 1/4.
Failing to make Saturday's finals were Chip Jackson (Sr., Shoreline/Shorewood) in the men's mile and Alex Donigian (Jr., Mission Viejo, CA/Trabuco Hills) in the men's 60 meters. Jackson, who led the first six laps of his heat, placed 13th in 4:16.56. Donigian was 14th in 6.86.
Donigian entered the 60 tied for fourth nationally with a school-record time of 6.75. Jackson ranked 11th in the mile with a season-best 4:07.95 clocking.
Cheyenna Pinley (Jr., Bellingham/Squalicum), who was making her second straight national appearance, placed 15th in the women's pole vault. She cleared the opening height of 11-7 3/4, but went out at 12-1.
Pinley entered 17th with a mark of 12-6. She finished 13th last year at 12-1 1/2. \ Competing for WWU on Saturday (11 a.m. PT) will be Frank Catelli (So., Sequim) in the men's shot put. He enters ninth with a school-record mark of 57-5 1/2.
Drake Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
WWU graduate is one of 117 Division II student-athletes up for prestigious NCAA award
Drake Named First Team Academic All-American
Senior javelin thrower and two-time national champion recently completed graduate degree at WWU
Drake Named GNAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Senior javelin thrower adds to list of academic and athletic awards during her WWU career
Drake Repeats as GNAC T&F Athlete of the Year
Senior javelin thrower Bethany Drake earns conference track & field award for second consecutive year
Drake and Paradee Named USTFCCCA All-Americans
Senior Bethany Drake won second javelin national title, junior Anna Paradee placed 11th in the pole vault
Six Vikings Earn Academic All-District Honors
Bethany Drake, Anna Paradee, Jasmine McMullin, Alex Barry, Gordie Kordas and Andrew Wise earn academic award
Bethany Drake Wins NCAA II Javelin Title
Anna Paradee finishes 11th in the pole vault to earn Second Team All-America honors
Bethany Drake - Saving the Best For Last
WWU javelin thrower Bethany Drake goes for her second national championship this weekend
Grant Races in Steeplechase at NCAA Championships
Senior Brittany Grant places 11th in preliminary heat at IMG Academy on Thursday
Trio of Vikings Headed to NCAA II Championships
Bethany Drake (Javelin), Brittany Grant (Steeplechase) and Anna Paradee (Pole Vault) travel to Florida
Track & Field Places 29 on GNAC All-Academic Teams
16 WWU women, 13 WWU men earn GNAC All-Academic honors
Six Vikings Earn USTFCCCA All-Region Honors
Four WWU women, two WWU men honored as All-West Region selections
Vikings Sending Three to NCAA Championships
Brittany Grant, Bethany Drake and Anna Paradee will compete at the NCAA II Track & Field Championships
WWU Men 2nd, Women 5th at GNAC Championships
Vikings win five individual titles on Saturday, WWU men narrowly edged by Alaska Anchorage
WWU Men 3rd, Women 5th After Day 1 of GNAC Championships
Senior Brittany Grant wins 3,000m steeplechase title among strong performances for WWU on Friday