April 28, 2014
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Western Washington University's Michael Stralser (Jr., Cheney) had three personal bests in five events and is sixth among 11 competitors in the decathlon after first-day action Monday at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Multi-Events Championships being held at Tomlinson Stadium on the campus of host Central Washington University.
Michael's sister, Emily (Sr., Cheney), who had a personal best of 29-2 3/4 in the shot put, is eighth among 10 participants in the heptathlon.
Michael Stralser has 3,155 points in the decathlon, running the 100 meters in 11.54, posting marks of 19-4 in the long jump, 36-2 in the shot put, and 5-8 in the high jump, and completing the 400 in 51.84. The efforts in the shot put, high jump and 400 were all personal records.
Defending champion Cody Thomas from Alaska Anchorage leads by nearly 500 points at 3,742. He had the day's bests in the 100 (11.04), long jump (22-4 1/2), shot put (37-0) and 400 (49.94) and the second-best mark in the high jump (6-3 1/4). Thomas currently ranks sixth nationally in NCAA Division II.
Emily Stralser has 2,232 points in the heptathlon. Besides her effort in the shot put, she ran the 100 hurdles in 16.34, cleared 4-6 in the high jump and had a 28.14 clocking in the 200.
Alaska Anchorage's Karolin Anders holds a 79-point lead at 3,031, with Central Washington's Tayler Fettig second at 2,952 and UAA's Rosie Smith third at 2,778.
Smith had the day's best efforts in the 100 hurdles (14.44) and 200 (25.64), Anders in the shot put (36-0) and Fettig in the high jump (5-8).
Anders, who finished second last year, entered the competition ranked seventh nationally,
Action Tuesday begins at 9 a.m. in the decathlon and 10 a.m. in the heptathlon.
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