Boyd leads Vikings with fifth-place finish in men's 5,000 at UW Invitational


Western Washington University's Tanner Boyd finished fifth in the men's 5,000 with a time of 14 minutes, 58.84 seconds to lead the Vikings in first-day action Friday at the University of Washington Indoor Track & Field Invitational being held at Dempsey Indoor on the UW campus.

Final-day action begins at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Dempsey Indoor.

Also competing in the 5,000 for WWU were Isaac Griffith, seventh in 15:02.45, and Cory Johnson, 11th in 15:19.01.

The Vikings' Nathaniel Schmidt had a 22.33 clocking as he finished ninth in the men's 200.

The WWU men's distance medley relay placed 10th in 10:49.32. That quartet included Cody McCranie, Nate van Tuinen, Tyler Schwecke and Juan Castillo.

WWU's Katie Reichert was 13th in the pentathlon with 3,104 points. That was 40 short of the school record she set last season.

Reichert ran 10.37 in the 60-meter hurdles and completed the 800 in 2:36.49. She posted marks of 5-1 3/4 in the high jump, 33-8 1/2 in the shot put, and 16-10 1/2 in the long jump.

Emily Stralser placed 20th for the Vikings with 2,899 points.

The WWU men's indoor team was ranked 25th in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll.

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