Andrew Wise Named GNAC Athlete of the Week

Oct. 9, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University senior Andrew Wise has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Men’s Athlete of the Week, announced Monday by the conference office.

Wise (Denver, CO/East) placed 6th at the 44th Annual WWU Classic hosted at East Lake Padden Park last Saturday, covering the 10,000-meter course in a time of 31:42.4 with a 5:06 average mile. He helped the Vikings to place 2nd as a team among a field of 11 teams, including seven GNAC schools.

Wise and the Vikings totaled 76 points in placing 2nd, trailing only No. 4 Chico State (17 points). The Vikings finished ahead of conference opponents Simon Fraser (92 points, 3rd), Seattle Pacific (180 points, 6th), Central Washington (182 points, 7th), Northwest Nazarene (193 points, 8th), Alaska Fairbanks (276 points, 9th) and Saint Martin’s (312 points, 11th).    

The top finisher from a GNAC school in the race last Saturday, Wise has placed among the top 20 at every meet during which he has competed in the 2017 season. He improved upon a 48th-place finish at the WWU Classic last season and has been the top Viking placer in every cross country race at which he has competed in 2017.

Wise earned a GNAC cross country weekly honor for the first time in his career and is the first WWU runner to net a conference weekly award since Isaac Derline (Kent, WA/Kentridge) was honored for the week of Oct. 3-9 last season.

A two-time all-region honoree at each of the last two NCAA II West Regionals, as well as an All-GNAC performer in 2015, Wise will help lead the Vikings as WWU prepares for the conference and regional meets in the coming weeks.

The WWU Classic last Saturday was the final meet before the conference and regional meets for the Vikings, with WWU turning in strong performances as the women placed 4th to go along with the men’s 2nd-place finish .

WWU returns to action on Oct. 21 hosting the GNAC Championships for a third consecutive year at East Lake Padden Park. Following the conference championships, the NCAA II West Regional will be hosted by Western Oregon University on Nov. 4 at Ash Creek Preserve in Monmouth, Ore.

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