Western men first, women second at 23rd annual Ralph Vernacchia Team Classic
April 5, 2003
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University men's and Seattle Pacific University women's track and field teams continued long winning streaks Saturday in the 23rd annual WWU/Ralph Vernacchia Team Classic at Bellingham's Civic Stadium.
Western won the men's team title for the sixth straight time, more than doubling the total of its two nearest competitors in the seven-team field. Seattle Pacific won its fourth straight women's championship, edging the Vikings by eight points.
Danielle Ayers-Stamper of Seattle Pacific was named the Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet, as she won the long jump (17-7 ½) and the 100-meter hurdles (15.02) and shared first in the high jump (5-3). Western's Zach Boteilho (Sr., Camas) was the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Meet, winning the Brent Golden Memorial 5,000 meters in 14:58.9.
There were no multiple event winners in the men's competition. For the women, Ayers-Stamper was joined by teammate Sarah Kraybill, who had an unusual double in the 400 (58.40) and 1500 (4:49.3).
Two meet records were set, as Ally Studer of Seattle Pacific cleared 11-11 ½ in the women's pole vault, and Jennifer Padrinao of Simon Fraser extended her own record in the hammer with a throw of 177-9.
Western was very strong in the throws, highlighted by Stacey Hopkins (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake) winning the women's javelin with a toss of 137-0, a NCAA Division II national provisional qualifying mark. Jessica Telleria (Fr., Boise, ID/Capital) won the women's discus (130-3). For the men, Justin Brewer (So., University Place/Curtis) won the javelin (184-8), and the Vikings took five of the top seven spots in both the discus and shot put.
Other Western winners were Peter Allan (So., Bellevue/Interlake) in the men's high jump (6-4 3/4), Jeff Luckstead (Fr., Walla Walla) in the men's 110 hurdles (15.83) and the women's 4x100 relay (48.73) of Dani Reid (Fr., Spokane/North Central), Dania Swosinski (Jr., Tacoma/Wilson), Laura Burch (So., McMinnville, OR) and Melissa Behrens (Jr., Redmond/Eastlake).
"We had a good day," said Western coach PeeWee Halsell. "We had some very good performances by the men, and that's as close as the women have been to Seattle Pacific in a long time."
Western won the men's title with 159 points, followed by Pacific Lutheran University with 74 and Central Washington at 72. Simon Fraser was fourth at 49. For the women, Seattle Pacific had 111-1/2 points, followed by Western at 103-1/2. Central was third at 78 with Pacific Lutheran fourth at 73.
The Vikings compete in the University of Puget Sound Shotwell Classic at Tacoma next Saturday.
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