Hirst places fourth, Haskin eighth in men's javelin at NCAA II Nationals

Slater Hirst

May 24, 2014

ALLENDALE, Mich. - Western Washington University's Slater Hirst (Jr., Shoreline/Kings) placed fourth in the men's javelin and teammate John Haskin (So., Bainbridge Island) was eighth in final-day action Saturday at the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Grand Valley State University Stadium.

On his third attempt, Hirst unleashed a throw of 216-7, breaking his own school record set two weeks ago by nearly two feet. Haskin had an effort of 204-11 on his fifth attempt. That was just three inches short of his season and personal best.

Later today, the Vikings have two competitors in the women's javelin, Bethany Drake (So., Sandy, OR) and Katie Reichert (Jr., Longview/Kelso). Drake enters ranked No.1 nationally at 169-6 and Reichert is No.3 at 162-8.

Also, WWU's Frank Catelli (So., Sequim) takes part in the shot put and Alex Donigian (So., Mission Viejo, CA/Trabuco Hills) runs in the men's 100-meter final.

On Friday, the Vikings' Katelyn Steen (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake) placed fourth in the women's 3,000 steeplechase final. She was clocked in 10:20.66, bettering her own school record by nearly 14 seconds.

Catelli finished 13th in the men's discus on Friday with a mark of 168-3, and Lindsay Wells (Sr., Seattle Nathan Hale) was 12th in the women's hammer at 169-5.


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