WWU's Pinley wins pole vault, Watson takes high jump


Western Washington University's Cheyenna Pinley won the women's pole vault to lead a 1-3-4 finish in that event and the Vikings' Brett Watson took the men's high jump to highlight first-day action Friday, May 10, at the 12th Annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Monmouth, Ore.

WWU is a close second in both the nine-team men's and women's divisions. The Central Washington men hold a 65 to 61-1/2 advantage and the Alaska Anchorage women have a 58-55 lead.

Pinley's winning pole vault height was 11-8 1/2. Karis Anderson placed third (11-3/4) for the Vikings and Amy Rovira was fourth (10-8 3/4).

Watson cleared 6-5 in taking the high jump. That was well below his GNAC record height of 6-9 3/4 achieved earlier this season.

WWU's Frank Catelli placed second in the men's shot put with a NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying mark of 54-8 3/4. Katelyn Steen was runner-up in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, bettering her PNQ by almost eight seconds with a time of 11:04.62.

Also finishing second for the Vikings were Ryan Macdonald in the men's discus (159-6) and Tanya Bjornsson in the women's long jump (18-8).

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