WWU Returns to California to Compete at APU, LBSU

April 12, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- The Western Washington University track & field program makes its second trip to California during the outdoor season for the Mt. SAC Relays/California Invitational, Bryan Clay Invitational and the Beach Invitational during the week with competition spanning from Wednesday through Saturday.

The Bryan Clay Invitational, hosted by Azusa Pacific University, will be held Thursday and Friday in Azusa, Calif. Record entry numbers are expected for the meet, which features 595 total teams and more than 2,700 student-athletes. The Mt. SAC Relays/California Invitational Combined Events are held at Azusa Pacific on April 12 and April 13. The Beach Invitational, hosted by Long Beach State University, takes place April 14 and April 15 in Long Beach, Calif.

Six WWU student-athletes are scheduled to compete Thursday afternoon and evening at the Bryan Clay Invitational, with a larger group set to compete at Azusa Pacific on Friday. Four Vikings are scheduled to compete at the Beach Invitational on Friday morning with a majority of WWU competitors set to be in action during Saturday's events at Long Beach State. Junior Kaylie Greninger (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) is competing in the Mt. SAC Relays/California Invitational heptathlon spanning Wednesday and Thursday at Azusa Pacific.

The Vikings were previously in California two weeks ago for the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and Stanford Invitational.

WWU most recently competed at the Emilie Mondor Invitational last Saturday, hosted by Simon Fraser University, with sophomore Costel David (Throws, Vancouver, WA/Evergreen) winning the javelin and junior Brandon Pless (Throws, Sedro-Woolley, WA) adding a program top 10 mark with a personal-best effort in the discus. The Vikings have competed at eight meets during the outdoor season and six Vikings have recorded provisional-qualifying performances in eight total events.

Following competition during the upcoming weekend, the Vikings will be in action at the Spike Arlt Invitational at Central Washington University (April 22) before hosting the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational at Civic Stadium in Bellingham on April 29. The GNAC Multi Championships (May 1-2) and GNAC Championships (May 12-13) are also approaching within a month's time.

In the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Region poll, the WWU men are ranked No. 12 and the WWU women are ranked No. 15. Click here to view national and regional polls.

The Vikings have been honored with six GNAC weekly awards during the outdoor season and were also named the GNAC/Red Lion Team of the Week on March 21.

  • GNAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week (March 6): Megan Mortensen (Sr., Throws, Tacoma, WA/Franklin Pierce)
  • GNAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week (March 6): Peter Butler (So. Distance, Port Angeles, WA)
  • GNAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week (March 6): Jacob Ringold (So., Jumps, Vancouver, WA/Columbia River)
  • GNAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week (March 13): Brandon Pless (Jr., Throws, Sedro-Woolley, WA)
  • GNAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week (March 27): Brandon Pless (Jr., Throws, Sedro-Woolley, WA)
  • GNAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week (April 3): Bethany Drake (Sr., Throws, Sandy, OR)
  • GNAC/Red Lion Team of the Week (March 21)

Coming Up: The Vikings will travel to the Spike Arlt Invitational, hosted by Central Washington University, on April 22. The following weekend, WWU hosts the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational on April 29 at Civic Stadium.

Meet Details:
Event: Mt. SAC Relays/California Invitational Combined Events
Site: Azusa, Calif. (Cougar Athletic Stadium)
Date: April 12-13
Links: 
Meet InformationMeet Program | Live Results

Meet Details:
Event: Bryan Clay Invitational
Site: Azusa, Calif. (Cougar Athletic Stadium)
Date: April 13-14
Links: 
Meet InformationMeet Schedule | Live Results

Meet Details:
Event: Beach Invitational
Site: Long Beach, Calif. (Jack Rose Track)
Date: April 13-14
Links: 
Meet InformationMeet Schedule | Live Results

 

WWU NCAA II PROVISIONAL-QUALIFYING PERFORMANCES

Name

Event

Mark

NCAA II Rank

2017 GNAC Rank

Notable

Brittany Grant

1,500m

4:33.29

25th

6th

No. 6 WWU history

Brittany Grant

3,000m Steeplechase

10:32.60

9th

1st

No. 2 WWU history/No.6 GNAC history

Anna Paradee

Pole Vault

3.80m (12-5 ½)

13th

1st

No. 2 WWU history/No. 4 GNAC history

Jasmine McMullin

Triple Jump

11.85m (38-10 ½)

T-26th

1st

PR (12.08m/39-7 ¾) No. 2 WWU history/No. 4 GNAC history

Bethany Drake

Javelin

47.62m (156-3)

2nd

1st

PR (54.18m/177-9) No. 2 WWU history/No. 1 GNAC history

Brandon Pless

Shot Put

16.15m (53-0)

29th

1st

No. 3 WWU history/No. 7 GNAC history

Brandon Pless

Hammer

54.98m (180-4 ¾)

T-41st

4th

No. 3 WWU history

Alex Barry

Javelin

58.66m (192-5 ¾) 

28th

2nd

PR (61.46m/201-8) No. 7 WWU history