March 26, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University made major jumps in both of this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Outdoor Track Polls, the men moving up 14 spots to No.10 and the women going up seven spots to No.11.
Two Viking athletes are ranked No.1 in their events. They are of Katie Reichert (Jr., Longview/Kelso) in the women's javelin at 162-11 and Frank Catelli (So., Sequim) in the men's shot put at 57-2 1/4. Catelli also is second in the discus at 165-4 as is WWU's Bethany Drake (So., Sandy, Ore.) in the javelin at 157-10.
The javelin marks were both automatic national qualifiers.
Catelli's efforts were both provisional national qualifiers, his shot put mark also being a school record.
Four more provisional qualifiers for WWU are Slater Hirst (Jr., Shoreline/Kings) in the men's javelin (194-7), Peter Maguire (So., Boise, ID) in the men's 400-meter hurdles (53.98), Logan Myers (Jr., Olympia/Capital) in the men's 110 hurdles (14.69), and Lindsay Wells (Sr., Seattle/Nathan Hale) in the women's hammer (165-4).
In all, two school records have been set this spring. Besides Catelli's effort, Katelyn Steen (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake) broke the WWU and Great Northwest Athletic Conference records in the 2,000 steeplechase with a time of 6:56.78.
WWU competes in the Club Northwest Spring Break Open on Saturday.
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