BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University men are third and the women fifth in their respective United States Track & field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II West Region Cross Country Pre-season Polls released this week.
The Viking men were second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coaches' Poll behind Alaska Anchorage, which has won the last four conference titles; and the WWU women were third, one point behind Seattle Pacific and Simon Fraser, which tied for first. Fourth was UAA, which is working on a five-year winning streak as league champions.
Six members return from the WWU women's squad, which placed 18th nationally in 2013, as do five of the men's team, which finished 20th.
The Viking men have made seven straight national appearances and the WWU women have gone to nationals in five of the last six seasons.
Katelyn Steen (Sr., Sammamish/Eastlake), who earned All-America honors in 2013 by placing 34th at nationals, leads the WWU women. She is a three-time West Region all-star and twice a GNAC all-star.
In his 28th year as head coach of the WWU harriers is Pee Wee Halsell.
WWU will host two home meets this season, beginning with its 41st annual Classic on Oct. 11 at Lake Padden Park in Bellingham and followed by the Viking Invitational on Oct. 25 at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale.
Thirteen Vikings Earn GNAC All-Academic Honors
Eight WWU women, five WWU men named to GNAC All-Academic Teams
WWU Women, Men Each Place 8th at West Regional
Senior Andrew Wise places 14th overall to net All-Region honors for the Vikings
Cross Country Headed to West Region Championships
The women will race at 10 am (6K), followed by the men at 11:15 am (10K) on Saturday
WWU Women Place 3rd, Men 4th at GNAC Championships
Jadon Olson and Andrew Wise place among top 10 to earn All-GNAC honors for Vikings
Vikings Set to Host GNAC Championships on Saturday
Conference schools set to race at East Lake Padden Park with races at 10 am and 11 am
Andrew Wise Named GNAC Athlete of the Week
Wise placed 6th and helped Vikings to a 2nd-place team finish at WWU Classic
WWU Men Place 2nd, Women 4th at WWU Classic
Vikings perform well at East Lake Padden Park in final meet before GNAC Championships
Vikings to Host 44th Annual WWU Classic on Saturday
Races at East Lake Padden Park will be at 10 am (women's 6K) and 11 am (men's 10k)
Cross Country Turns in Solid Performances in Split Squad Action
Vikings have strong showing against tough field in Minnesota, also compete at Saint Martin's on Saturday
WWU Travels to Roy Griak Invitational, SMU Invitational
Vikings set to compete in Minnesota and at Saint Martin's (Lacey, Wash.) on Saturday
WWU Men 4th, Women 5th at Sundodger Invitational
Senior Andrew Wise (19th), freshman Jane Barr leads women (24th)
Cross Country Headed to Sundodger Invitational
Women's 6K open race scheduled for 9 am, followed by men's 8K open race at 9:40 am
WWU Men, Women Earn Team Wins at SMU Triangular
Vikings open season with strong performances vs. Central Washington and Saint Martin's
WWU to Open Season at SMU Cross Country Meet
Saturday's meet begins with women's 4K at 10 am, followed by men's 6K at 10:45 am
WWU Men 2nd, Women 4th in GNAC Preseason Poll
The Vikings will host the GNAC Championships for the third consecutive year