Four WWU athletes reach PNQ standards

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 20, 2013 

Four Western Washington University athletes reached NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying standards, two others improved their PNQs and two school records were broken Friday, April 19, at the fifth annual Azusa Pacific University Bryan Clay Track and Field Invitational in Azuza, Calif.

The Viking quartet reaching provisional standards for the first time this season were Brett Watson, who tied for first in the men's high jump by clearing 6-9 3/4; Kevin Yates, who placed third in the men's long jump with a leap of 23-6 3/4; Alex Donigian, who finished fifth in the men's 100 meters with a school record time of 10.57; and Haley O'Connor, who was eighth in the women's 3000 steeplechase with a 11:13.35 clocking.

Improving their PNQs were Tanya Bjornsson, who placed third in the women's long jump with a school-record 19-2 3/4; and Bethany Drake, who finished third in the women's javelin with a mark of 145-4.

Bjornsson also was fifth in the 100 hurdles (14.31) and sixth in the 4x400 relay (4:01.63), and Donigian helped the men's 4x100 relay to victory in 41.36.

WWU's 4x400 men's relay placed second (3:15.60) and the Vikings' Emily Warman was fourth in the women's triple jump (39-3 3/4).

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