Seven Vikings Earn USTFCCCA All-Region Recognition

May 15, 2018

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Seven Western Washington University track & field student-athletes have been honored with U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-West Region recognition, announced Monday by the organization.

All-Region honors are given to individuals with a top-5 regional performance in each region for a USTFCCCA member school, along with top-3 relay teams in each region.

Senior Anna Paradee (Tacoma, WA/Decatur) earned All-Region honors for the third consecutive year in the pole vault with a region-leading mark. Her season-best height came at the WWU Team Invitational in April when she cleared 3.97m (13-0 ¼), a mark ranking No. 8 nationally during 2018. She has placed 1st at three meets during the season as well as 2nd at the GNAC Outdoor Championships to become a four-time All-GNAC honoree.

A USTFCCCA pole vault All-American during the 2017 indoor and outdoor seasons, Paradee owns an outdoor personal-best of 4.01m (13-1 ¾) ranking as the conference and school record.

Sophomore Raquel Pellecer (Sandy, OR/Portland State) and freshman Natalie Vetto (Kirkland, WA/Lake Washington) were both named All-Region for the WWU women in the javelin during their first seasons of competition for the Vikings.

Pellecer’s personal-best of 48.01m (157-6) came while placing 2nd at the GNAC Outdoor Championships last weekend. The mark ranks No. 6 nationally as well as No. 2 in the region and conference. It is the No. 9 mark in GNAC history and No. 7 in WWU history.

Vetto also recorded a personal-best at the conference championships, placing 4th at the meet with a throw of 46.38m (152-2). Her top mark is No. 15 nationally and No. 4 in the GNAC and region this season. The throw ranks No. 17 in GNAC history and No. 9 in WWU history.

GNAC Outdoor Championships high jump champion Maddie Taylor (Jr., Seattle, WA/Auburn Mountainview/Montana) was named All-Region in the high jump, recording a personal-best height of 1.70m (5-7) at the Beach Invitational in April. The mark is tied for No. 1 in the conference as well as tied for No. 3 in the region this season, also ranking tied for No. 21 nationally. The height is tied for No. 10 in GNAC history and is No. 5 in WWU history.

On the men’s side, juniors Alex Barry (Sequim, WA) and Spencer Claeys (Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap/Olympic) were each honored as All-Region performers in the javelin.

Barry earned All-Region accolades in the javelin for the second consecutive year, with a personal-best mark of 65.63m (215-4) coming while placing 2nd at the GNAC Outdoor Championships. His mark is No. 10 nationally as well as No. 2 in the conference and region during the season. On all-time top-10 lists, the mark is No. 8 in conference history and No. 2 in WWU history.

Claeys recorded a mark of 63.05m (206-10) during his only competition date of the season in early March at the University of Puget Sound Ed Boitano Invitational, as an injury has kept him from competing since the meet. His throw is No. 16 nationally as well as No. 5 in the GNAC and region, ranking among all-time top-10 lists as No. 16 in GNAC history and No. 6 in WWU history.

Junior Tupre Wickliff (Vancouver, WA/Evergreen/Clark College) earned All-Region honors in the high jump with a personal-best clearance of 2.06m (6-9), coming at the Bryan Clay Invitational in April. The GNAC-leading mark is tied for No. 4 regionally as well as tied for No. 32 nationally. It ranks in a tie for No. 5 in GNAC history as well as tied for No. 5 in WWU history.

The outdoor national championships will take place May 24-26 at the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, North Carolina. Official field announcements for the outdoor championships will be made Tuesday afternoon.

WWU USTFCCCA All-West Region Honorees

WOMEN

Name

Event

Mark

GNAC Rank

Region Rank*

NCAA II Rank

Notable

Anna Paradee

Pole Vault

3.97m (13-0 ¼)

1

1

8

NCAA II prov., PR in 2017 (4.01m/13-1 ¾) is GNAC/school record

Raquel Pellecer

Javelin

48.01m (157-6)

2

2

6

NCAA II prov., No. 9 GNAC history, No. 7 WWU history

Maddie Taylor

High Jump

1.70m (5-7)

T-1

T-3

T-21

NCAA II prov., tied for No. 10 GNAC history, No. 5 WWU history

Natalie Vetto

Javelin

46.38m (152-2)

4

4

15

NCAA II prov., No. 17 GNAC history, No. 9 WWU history

MEN

Name

Event

Mark

GNAC Rank

Region Rank*

NCAA II Rank

Notable

Alex Barry

Javelin

65.63m (215-4)

2

2

10

NCAA II prov., No. 8 GNAC history, No. 2 WWU history

Spencer Claeys

Javelin

63.05m (206-10)

5

5

16

NCAA II prov., No. 16 GNAC history, No. 6 WWU history

Tupre Wickliff

High Jump

2.06m (6-9)

1

T-4

T-32

NCAA II prov., tied for No. 5 GNAC history, tied for No. 5 WWU history

*top-5 mark in region among USTFCCCA member schools

 

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