WWU's Harrison rallies from fifth to win GNAC decathlon
May 1, 2012
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Western Washington University's Alex Harrison (Sr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) moved up five spots to win the decathlon at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Multi-Events Championships which ended Tuesday at Tomlinson Stadium on the campus of host Central Washington University.
Harrison, who also took the league title two years ago, finished with GNAC meet record of 6,598 points, 124 better than runner-up Nate Johnson from Seattle Pacific. The old mark was 6,574 by the Vikings' Josh Freeman in 2005.
First-day leader Jason Caryl from Central placed third (6,412) in the field of 16.
Harrison completed the 110-meter hurdles in 15.64, had marks of 132-4 in the discus, 13-1 1/2 in the pole vault and 200-3 in the javelin, and finished the 1,500 in 5:10.66. His javelin throw was a GNAC meet best and a league decathlon overall record for that event.
Just 10 days ago, Harrison set a school record in the decathlon with a NCAA Division II national provisional qualifying point total of 6,772.
"That's pretty incredible to have point totals that close with so little time in between," said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell (25th year). "That's pretty hard on the body."
In the heptathlon, Viking freshman Katie Reichert (Kelso) moved up six spots to place third with 4,269 points. She bettered her PNQ in the javelin by almost two feet with a mark of 148-4. That broke the GNAC meet and the league's overall heptathlon records.
"She really got after it and did a phenomenal job today," Halsell said of Reichert, who leaped 14-7 1/4 in the long jump and ran the 800 in 2:41.52. "I can see some very good things in the future for her."
Seattle Pacific's Ali Worthen set a GNAC record in winning the heptathlon with 5,199 points. Placing second (4,940) was Kelsea Johnson from Alaska Anchorage.
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