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.
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
Vikings Announce More 2017-18 Program Additions
Head coach Pee Wee Halsell announces second wave of recruits joining the Vikings
Six Vikings Earn Academic All-District Honors
Bethany Drake, Anna Paradee, Jasmine McMullin, Alex Barry, Gordie Kordas and Andrew Wise earn academic award
Vikings Announce 2017-18 Program Additions
Head coach Pee Wee Halsell announces first wave of recruits set to join the Vikings next season
Six Vikings Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors
Senior Matthew Lutz earns distinction for third time in career
Derline Places 102nd at NCAA Championships
Junior Isaac Derline concludes strong junior season with 102nd-place finish at NCAA Championships in Florida
Derline Set to Compete at NCAA Championships
Junior Isaac Derline will race as an individual at the NCAA Championships on Saturday morning in Florida
WWU Men Seventh, Women Eighth at West Regional
Isaac Derline, Andrew Wise and Lillianna Stelling earn all-region honors for Vikings
Vikings Headed to NCAA West Region Championships
The men's race will take place at 9 am and will be followed by the women's race at 10:15 am