WWU men's track first, women second at GNAC meet

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 21, 2014 

Western Washington University's Tanya Bjornsson had a personal best mark of 19-1 1/4 to win the women's long jump in opening-day action Friday at the 11th annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho.

Bjornsson, whose leap was a meet record and just 1-1/2 inches shy of the school record, also was the top qualifier in the 60-meter hurdles (8.86) and tied for fourth among qualifiers in the 60 (7.98). She won both those events last year.

The Viking men had three one-two finishes. They were Brett Watson and Logan Myers in the high jump, each clearing 6-8 3/4; Jacob Gilbert (52-10 3/4) and Frank Catelli (52-0) in the shot put, and Kevin Yates (22-10 1/2) and Watson (22-6 1/2) in the long jump.

That helped defending champion WWU to a sizable lead in the men's standings after five events with 78 points, 40 better than runner-up Alaska Anchorage. The Viking women are second following six events with 45 points, just six behind leader and host Northwest Nazarene and four ahead of Alaska Anchorage.

The Vikings' Cheyenna Pinley placed second in the women's pole vault, clearing 12-1/2, and the men's distance medley relay was runner-up with a 10:07.79 clocking.

Finishing third for WWU were Katelyn Steen in the women's 5,000 (17:56.68) and the women's distance medley relay (12:28.96).

The Vikings' Isaac Griffith placed fifth in the men's 5,000 with a time of 15:16.05. Katie Reichert was fourth in the women's pentathlon with 3,063 points and teammate Emily Stralser seventh with 2,861.

WWU's Michael Stralser is fourth with 2,398 points heading into the final day of the men's heptathlon.

Myers was the top qualifier in the men's 60 hurdles in 8.30, tying the school record he set earlier this season. Sydney Coffey had the best qualifying time of 57.72 in the women's 400.

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