Bjornsson ninth in long jump at nationals


Tanya Bjornsson placed ninth in the women's long jump, missing out on a top eight finish and All-America honors by 1/4-inch, on Friday at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Bjornsson, who reached the finals, leaped 18-7. She entered the meet ranked 12th nationally with a season-best mark of 19-1 1/4.

Failing to make Saturday's finals were Chip Jackson in the men's mile and Alex Donigian in the men's 60 meters. Jackson, who led the first six laps of his heat, placed 13th in 4:16.56. Donigian was 14th in 6.86.

Donigian entered the 60 tied for fourth nationally with a school-record time of 6.75. Jackson ranked 11th in the mile with a season-best 4:07.95 clocking.

Cheyenna Pinley, who was making her second straight national appearance, placed 15th in the women's pole vault. She cleared the opening height of 11-7 3/4, but went out at 12-1.

Pinley entered 17th with a mark of 12-6. She finished 13th last year at 12-1 1/2.

Competing for WWU on Saturday will be Frank Catelli in the men's shot put. He enters ninth with a school-record mark of 57-5 1/2.

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