Vikings host 28th annual Ralph Vernacchia Team Meet
April 8, 2009
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Aiming for a 12th straight men's title and a fourth consecutive women's crown, Western Washington University plays host to 14 schools at the 28th annual Ralph Vernacchia Invitational Track and Field Team Meet on Friday (3 p.m.) at Civic Stadium.
Besides Western, the field includes Concordia OR, Bellevue CC, British Columbia, Central Washington, Douglas College, Everett CC, Highline CC, Northwest, Pacific Lutheran, Saint Martin's, Seattle U., Seattle Pacific, Simon Fraser and Washington.
The Viking men and women have both been victorious in all three of their scored competitions to date, sweeping a double dual at Tacoma with Puget Sound and Seattle Pacific to begin the season, and winning at the UPS Joe Peyton and UPS J.D. Shotwell meets.
One Western athlete already has met the NCAA Division II national automatic qualifying standard and three others are national provisional qualifiers.
Sarah Porter (So., Hockinson) (17:01.94) was an automatic qualifier in the women's 5,000 meters. The provisional qualifiers are Lauren Briehof (So., Vancouver/Mountain View) in both the women's 5,000 (17:32.76) and 10,000 (36:58.82), Anthony Tomsich (Jr., Fairbanks/West Valley) in the men's 1,500 (3:51.96) and Jordan Welling (So., Burlington/Burlington-Edison) in the men's 5,000 (14:28.48). All four are running in 1,500 heats Friday.
Porter tops the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in the 5,000 along with Clara Cook (Sr., Wenatchee) in the women's high jump (5-5 3/4) and Emily Warman (Fr., Sedro-Woolley) in the women's long jump (17-11 3/4).
Warman ranks second in the triple jump (37-5) as do Welling in the 5,000, Breihof in the 10,000, Ellie Siler (Fr., Spokane/Lewis & Clark) in both the women's 200 (25.38) and 400 (57.04), Tim Clendaniel (Fr., Bothell) in the men's pole vault (14-7 1/4), Megan Zukowski (So., Maple Valley/Tahoma) in the women's 100 (12.44), Ben Elder (So., Lake Stevens) in the men's discus (156-3) and both the Western men's (3:24.52) and women's (3:57.35) 4x400 relays.
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