Reichert places seventh in women's javelin at NCAA II Championships
May 26, 2012
PUEBLO, Colo. - Western Washington University freshman Katie Reichert (Kelso) placed seventh in the women's javelin in final-day action Saturday at the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.
Reichert threw a season-best 152-5 (46.47 meters) on her second attempt. That was over four feet better than her previous personal record. She entered the meet tied for seventh nationally at 148-4.
"In the finals she put one out of bounds that went well over 50 meters (164 feet, school record)," said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell (25th year). "She did a great job and really battled. This competition really boosted her confidence."
Earlier in the day, WWU's Alex Harrison (Sr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) finished 15th in the men's javelin with a toss of 192-10 (58.79). He finished fifth in that event at nationals in 2010.
Harrison placed seventh in the decathlon with 6,677 points. The 10-event test was held on Thursday and Friday.
Two other Vikings competed Friday. Emily Warman (Jr., Sedro-Woolley) bettered her own school record and placed sixth in the women's triple jump with a mark of 40-7, and Karis Anderson (Jr., Seattle/Roosevelt) tied for eighth in the women's pole vault, clearing 12-3 1/2.
On Thursday, WWU's Michael Hoffman (Sr., Bellingham/Sehome) placed 15th in the men's discus with a mark of 192-6.
"I'm very pleased with how all of our athletes came in and competed," Halsell said. "I'm very proud of all of them."
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