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.