Western trio earns USTFCCCA All-America recognition

Monika Gruszecki

May 26, 2008

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Three members of the Western Washington University outdoor track and field team were named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America team announced today.

The trio includes Heidi Dimmitt (Jr., Wenatchee), Monika Gruszecki (So., Lynnwood/Meadowdale) and Keith Lemay (Sr., Lynden/Lynden Christian).

All three had outstanding performances at the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track & Field Championships last week. Gruszecki placed second in the women's javelin, Dimmitt fourth in the 400-meter women's hurdles and Lemay sixth in the men's 800.

It was the second All-America honor for Gruszecki, who was a national champion last year.

Gruszecki, who entered the competition as the seventh seed, had a throw of 152 feet, 3 inches in the javelin, bettering her career best by over five feet.

Dimmitt, who also competed at nationals last year, had a personal-best time of 1:00.52, the second fastest in school history, as she placed fourth in the 400 hurdles.

Lemay was originally ranked just 20th in the 800 and only received an invitation to nationals after two athletes were scratched because of injuries. He made the most of his opportunity, placing sixth with a 1:51.62 clocking.

Lemay reached the finals by running a personal-best 1:51.33, the third-fastest time in school history, to place second in his preliminary heat.