Nov. 11, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Chip Jackson (Sr., Shoreline/Shorewood) and Katelyn Steen (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake) were each honored for the second time as six members of the Western Washington University cross country teams were named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association West Region all-stars on Monday, Nov. 11.
The honorees helped both Viking squads qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships on Nov. 23 as the men placed fourth and the women fifth at the West Regional held in Spokane on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Jackson placed fourth to lead the WWU men, covering the 10-kilometer distance in 31:43. He also was a regional all-star in 2012.
Steen finished third to pace the Viking women, her time of 21:53 over the six-kilometer course being just seven seconds off the lead. She also was honored as a freshman in 2011.
Completing the WWU regional all-stars were Isaac Griffith (So., Spokane/Lewis & Clark), Taylor Guenther (So., Vancouver/Prairie), Tabor Reedy (Jr., Poulsbo/North Kitsap) and Nathan Richards (Jr., Longview/R.A. Long/Clark CC).
The WWU men are going to nationals for the seventh consecutive year, and the Viking women will be making their fourth appearance in six seasons.