Western sending 13 athletes to Stanford Invitational
March 26, 2007
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University is sending 13 student-athletes to compete in the Stanford University Invitational Track and Field Meet on Friday and Saturday at Palo Alto, Calif.
Cook, who earned All-America honors in 2006 by placing sixth at the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships, already is a national provisional qualifier this spring. She has cleared 5-6 and is second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Gruszecki has a provisional qualifying mark of 146-10 in the javelin and ranks second in the GNAC. Thornbrue was the GNAC indoor champion in the pole vault and tied for 10th at nationals. An indoor All-American in 2006, he holds the GNAC and school indoor record of 16-5 1/4.
Also competing are all four members of the men's indoor distance medley relay that earned All-America recognition by placing second at the indoor nationals with a school-record time of 9:55.00. They include Erik Bies (Sr., Sioux Falls, SD/Roosevelt/Luther College), Sam Brancheau (Sr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway), Adam Neff (Sr., White Salmon/Columbia) and Anthony Tomsich (So., Fairbanks, AK/West Valley).
Bies will be running in the 800 meters, Neff in the 400, Brancheau in the 3,000 steeplechase and Tomsich in the 5,000.
Bies, Brancheau and Neff also will be on a 4x400 relay with Michael Dean (Fr., Tacoma/Stadium). Dean will also compete in the 100 (11.07) and 200 (22.43), two events in which he leads the GNAC. He was named the Outstanding Male Performer at the GNAC indoor championships, winning both the 200 and 400.
Completing the Western contingent are Kim Bascom (Sr., Camano Island/Stanwood) in the women's long jump and triple jump, Keever Henry (Jr., Kelso) in the steeplechase, Lindsay Lunderman (Fr., Tacoma/Franklin Pierce) in the women's 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles, Kathryn Mertens (Fr., Olympia) in the women's 400 and Christy Miller (So., Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly) in the women's pole vault.
Bascom leads the GNAC in the triple jump (37-1/4) and is second in the long jump (17-4 3/4). She won both events at the GNAC indoor championships.
Lunderman is second among league leaders in both hurdle events and Miller is tied for the GNAC lead with a mark of 10-11 3/4.
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