May 13, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University is sending eight athletes to compete at the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 22-24 at Grand Valley State University Track and Field Stadium in Allendale, Michigan. The selections were announced Tuesday by the NCAA.
Eight matches the second largest contingent for the Vikings since they joined the NCAA in 1998. WWU sent nine athletes in 2009 and eight in 2011.
"That's a real solid group," said WWU head track coach Pee Wee Halsell (27th year). "I believe they will all perform really well."
Drake enters ranked No.1 nationally at 169 feet, 6 inches, a school record; and Reichert is No.3 at 162-8. Reichert won the event at last week's Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.
Drake placed 13th at nationals last year, and Reichert was seventh in 2012.
Two others, Frank Catelli (So., Sequim) and Alex Donigian (So., Mission Viejo, CA/Trabuco Hills), competed at indoor nationals in January. Donigian placed 14th in the men's 60 meters and Catelli was 17th in the men's shot put.
Catelli is competing in two outdoor events. He is ranked fifth nationally in the shot put, setting GNAC overall and meet records with a mark of 59-7, and 10th in the discus at 173-11. Both are school records.
Donigian is tied for 15th in the 100 at 10.49 seconds, also a WWU best.
Katelyn Steen (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake), who placed 34th at cross country nationals last fall to earn All-America honors, is ranked fifth nationally in the women's 3,000 steeplechase with a school record and GNAC-winning time of 10:34.40. The GNAC Female Performer of the Meet last week, Steen finished 58th at cross country nationals in 2011.
Despite being a provisional national qualifier in each of her four years, Lindsay Wells (Sr., Seattle Nathan Hale) is making her first trip to nationals. She is ranked 11th in the women's hammer with a school record mark of 182-4. Wells won the GNAC title for the third straight year.
Also making their national debuts are two men's javelin throwers, Slater Hirst (Jr., Shoreline/Kings) and John Haskin (So., Bainbridge Island). Hirst has a school-record throw of 214-8, ranked sixth nationally, and Haskin is 17th at 205-2.
WWU Opens Season with Strong Performances at UW Preview
Jasmie McMullin posts provisional-qualifying mark in triple jump
Track & Field to Open Indoor Season at UW Preview
WWU begins indoor campaign with first of five meets prior to GNAC Championships
WWU Track & Field Announces 2018 Schedule
Vikings begin the indoor season on Saturday at UW, outdoor season starts in March
Q&A with Monika Gruszecki
Former WWU javelin thrower Monika Gruszecki now works an an intern with the NCAA
Bethany Drake Earns D2 CCA Regional Scholar-Athlete Honor
Bethany Drake named the D2 CCA West Region Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Drake Named Conference Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year
WWU graduate is one of 34 Division II student-athletes to move forward in selection process for prestigious NCAA award
Nine Viking T&F Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA Academic Awards
Bethany Drake named the Female Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year
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