BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University track & field program returns to competition on Friday and Saturday with the third outdoor meet of the season, competing at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open in Portland, Ore.
The meet begins Friday with throwing events held at Clackamas Community College. The women’s hammer throw and men’s javelin throw are scheduled to begin at 2 pm, followed by the men’s hammer throw and women’s javelin throw. Saturday’s competition is scheduled to start at 9 am with the women’s long jump and men’s high jump at Eldon Fix Track in Griswold Stadium on the Lewis & Clark campus. Running events begin at 11 am with the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.
The Vikings have claimed four Great Northwest Athletic Conference weekly awards through two weeks of the outdoor season. Following the season-opening meet of the season at the Ed Boitano Invitational, senior Megan Mortensen (Throws, Tacoma, WA/Franklin Pierce) was named the GNAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week while sophomore Peter Butler (Distance, Port Angeles, WA) was picked as GNAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week. Sophomore Jacob Ringold (Jumps, Vancouver, WA/Columbia River) was honored as the GNAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.
Most recently, junior Brandon Pless (Throws, Sedro-Woolley, WA) was named the GNAC Male Field Athlete of the Week on March 13.
Last Saturday, four Vikings competed at the PLU Open, with Pless and Mortensen winning their respective discus competitions. Pless posted a personal-best discus throw of 46.60m (152-11) with the best conference mark of the season and 10th-best mark in Division II. He also placed 2nd in the hammer throw with a distance of 53.29m/174-10, the 8th-best mark in Division II during the season.
Mortensen, the two-time defending GNAC outdoor discus champion, posted a winning mark of 41.57m/136-05 in the discus at PLU and also placed 5th in the hammer throw.
The 2017 indoor season concluded last Friday with junior Anna Paradee (Pole Vault, Tacoma, WA/Decatur) placing 7th in the pole vault at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, held at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Her height of 3.92m (12-10 ¼) set the WWU indoor school record and tied the GNAC record mark. She earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) First Team All-America honors, joining Karis Anderson (5th – 2012), Christy Miller (4th – 2009) and Danielle Juarez (5th – 2004) as WWU indoor pole vaulters to be named First Team All-Americans.
Coming Up: The Vikings will travel to the SPU Doris Heritage Distance Festival on Saturday, Feb. 25. WWU will compete at three locations the following week, traveling to the San Francisco State Distance Carnival (March 30-April 1), Stanford Invitational (March 30-April 1) and UPS Shotwell Invitational (April 1).
Event: Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open
Site: Portland, OR (Eldon Fix Track in Griswold Stadium and Clackamas Community College)
Date: March 17-18, 2017
Links: Meet Information | Schedule
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