May 27, 2014
BELLINGAM, Wash. - Western Washington University placed seven athletes, one for the second time, on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field All-America team announced Tuesday.
All the Vikings were recognized by finishing among the top eight in their events at the NCAA II national meet last weekend in Allendale, Mich. Enjoying one of its best national outings in school history, WWU finished 11th in the women's competition with 23 points and 15th in the men's competition with 16 points.
The WWU All-Americans were Frank Catelli (So., Sequim), Alex Donigian (So., Mission Viejo, CA/Trabuco Hills), Bethany Drake (So., Sequim), John Haskin (So., Bainbridge Island), Slater Hirst (Jr., Shoreline/Kings), Katie Reichert (So., Longview/Kelso) and Katelyn Steen (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake). It was the second honor for Reichert.
Drake and Reichert placed one-two in the women's javelin, a school first. Just one inch separated their best marks, Drake throwing 165-3 and Reichert a personal-best 165-2 on her final attempt. Drake entered the competition ranked No.1 nationally with a school-record effort of 169-6 and Reichert was No.3 at 162-8. Reichert finished seventh in 2012.
Catelli finished third in the men's shot put, breaking the 60-foot barrier for the first time and bettering his school record with a mark of 60-10 1/2.
Steen placed fourth in the women's 3,000 steeplechase. She was clocked in 10:20.66, breaking her own school record by nearly 14 seconds. Last fall, Steen earned USTFCCCA All-America honors in cross country.
Donigian finished fifth in the men's 100 meters with a time of 10.61. He broke his own school record in the prelims, being clocked in 10.46.
Hirst was fourth in the men's javelin and Haskin was eighth. Hirst's best effort of 216-7, bettered his own school record by nearly two feet. Haskin had a throw of 204-11.
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