Emily Warman won the women's long jump for the second time, tying the meet record, and four school records fell as Western Washington University leads both the men's and women's divisions following first-day action Friday, Feb. 15, at the 2013 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho
There will be 23 events (12 men and 11 women) contested Saturday with action getting underway at 8:30 a.m.
Warman had a winning effort of 18-9 3/4 in the long jump, tying the meet standard set in 2005 and just 1/4-inch shy of the school record she set in 2009. Warman also was the 2010 conference champion in that event.
Three other event winners for the Vikings were Karis Anderson in the women's pole vault (12-4), Logan Myers in the men's high jump (6-7) and Kevin Yates in the men's long jump with a school record mark of 23-4.
WWU has 63-1/2 points after six women's events with Alaska Anchorage second (48), host Northwest Nazarene third (33) and Seattle Pacific fourth (31). Seattle Pacific has won the last nine GNAC titles.
The Vikings have 46 points through five men's events with five-time defending champion Western Oregon second (39) and Alaska Anchorage third (36).
Besides Yates' effort in the long jump, WWU had three other school bests. Katie Reichert placed third in the women's pentathlon with 3,144 points, bettering the old record by 102.
The other two WWU records were set in preliminary events, both by Tanya Bjornsson. She had the best time of 8.84 in the women's 60 meter hurdles, an event she won last year, and the third-best clocking of 7.85 in the 60.
Bjornsson placed second in the long jump with a NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying mark of 18-0.
WWU's Alex Donigian tied for first in the men's 60 prelims at 6.91.