Brown named GNAC Indoor Male Athlete of the Year
March 18, 2010
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University's Ryan Brown (Jr., Bellingham/Squalicum) has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Male Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Selected as the league's Outstanding Male Newcomer was the Vikings' Anthony Zackery (Jr., Spokane/Ferris).
Brown won the national title in the pole vault with a mark of 16-11 and was also the GNAC champion with a vault of 16-1 1/4. He set school and conference records with a season best of 17-1 1/2.
Zackery placed fourth in the long jump (22-9 1/4) and seventh in the 60 meters (7.08) at the conference meet.
GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Pixler Wins Fourth GNAC Indoor Athlete-of-the-Year Award
Seattle Pacific's Jessica Pixler (Sr., Sammamish, WA) has been voted the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Female Indoor Track-and-Field Athlete-of-the-Year for the fourth year in a row.
Last week she won her fourth straight indoor mile title (4:46.42) in the national meet at Albuquerque, N.M., and also anchored SPU's national championship distance medley relay team, which set a GNAC record with a time of 11:29.88.
Pixler also won titles in the 800 (2:08.28), mile (4:30.39) and distance medley relay (11:36.32) in earning Outstanding Performer honors in the conference meet. Pixler, who holds the GNAC record in every running event between 800 and 5,000 meters, is an eight-time Indoor All-American and a six-time indoor national champion.
Ryan Brown of Western Washington was selected the GNAC Male Indoor Track-and-Field Athlete-of-the-Year. Brown (Jr., Bellingham, WA) won the national title in the pole vault with a mark of 16-11 and was also the GNAC champion with a vault of 16-1 ¼. He had a season-best of 17-1 ½.
Other award winners included Anthony Zackery of Western Washington and Ashley Potter, Mattson Hardie and Sarah Kathrein, all of Western Oregon.
Zackery (Jr., Spokane, WA) was selected the Outstanding Male Newcomer, while Potter (So,, Springfield, OR) was voted the Outstanding Female Newcomer. Hardie (Fr., Bend, OR) and Kathrein (Fr., Boring, OR) earned the Male and Female Freshman-of-the-Year awards, respectively.
Mike Johnson and Karl Lerum, who guided Western Oregon and Seattle Pacific to GNAC team titles were voted the GNAC Male Team and Female Team Coaches-of-the-Year, respectively. It was Johnson's third straight Coach-of-the-Year award and Lerum's fourth in a row.
Zackery placed fourth in the long jump (22-9 ¼) and seventh in the 60 (7.08) at the conference meet to win his award, while Potter won the triple jump with a meet record leap of 38-10 ½.
Hardie was the Outstanding Male Performer in the conference meet winning the long jump with a meet and conference record mark of 23-8. He also placed second in the triple jump (47-4 ¼) and third in the high jump (6-2 ¾). His season-best mark in the triple jump (47-11 ¾) ranks second in conference history. Kathrein placed second in the 200 (25.59) and third in the 400 (58.84) in the conference championships.
Johnson led Western Oregon to its third straight men's indoor title and its fourth overall. Johnson, a 1971 graduate of Eastern Washington, has now won a total of nine GNAC Coach-of-the-Year awards also winning for men's indoor in 2004, 2008 and 2009, women's outdoor in 2004, 2005 and 2008 and men's outdoor in 2004 and 2008.
Lerum, a 1998 graduate of Pacific Lutheran, has won six GNAC Coach-of-the-Year awards, also winning for women's indoor in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and women's outdoor in 2006 and 2007.
Lerum led Seattle Pacific to a seventh-place team finish in the national meet. SPU has now had five Top 10 national finishes since 2005, also placing sixth in 2009, seventh in 2007, eighth in 2005 and ninth in 2008. The conference title was the seventh in a row for the Falcons.
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