Vikings join support of tornado victims
Nov. 7, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University is teaming with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to raise money for the city of Joplin, Mo., the host of the 2012 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, which was devastated by an EF-5 Tornado in May of 2011.
Collectively, NCAA Division II is looking to raise $150,000 to be divided between the Joplin School District Fund and the Missouri Southern Tornado Relief Fund as Joplin had over 8,000 schools, homes, and businesses leveled, while 160 lives were claimed.
The nationally 10th-ranked Viking men's cross country team will be introduced at halftime of the WWU vs. Multnomah men's basketball game on Friday, Nov. 9, at Sam Carver Gymnasium before collecting money throughout the crowd. There will also be a table in the foyer to explain the initiative and collect donations.
Led by the fifth-place finish of Dak Riek (Jr., Everett/Mariner) at last week's NCAA West Regionals in Hawaii, the Vikings placed third among 18 teams and earned a sixth straight trip to nationals on Nov. 17.
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