Steen is provisional qualifier in third event for WWU

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 12, 2014 

Western Washington University's Katelyn Steen was a NCAA Division II provisional national qualifier in her third event this season, winning the women's 1,500 meters with a time of 4:34.98 on Saturday at the University of Washington Husky Open Track and Field meet held at the UW Outdoor Track Facility.

"It was a good day for us," said WWU head coach Pee Wee Halsell (27th year). "The weather cooperated and we had some good doubles."

Earlier this year, Steen was a provisional qualifier in the 5,000 (16:59.03) and 3,000 steeplechase (10:54.78). She also set a school record of 6:56.78 in the 2,000 steeplechase.

Two other provisional qualifiers for the Vikings were Alex Donigian, who broke his own school record in winning the men's 100 with a time of 10.49, and Cheyenna Pinley in the women's pole vault as she cleared 11-10 to place fifth.

Bettering his PNQ mark and his school record in the men's discus was Frank Catelli with a winning effort of 173-11. Catelli also won the shot put with a mark of 56-1/2.

Logan Myers tied his PNQ time as he placed second in the men's 110 hurdles with a 14.65 clocking.

WWU's Tanya Bjornsson won the women's long jump with a leap of 18-4 1/2 and ran a leg on the 4x100 relay that won in 48.70.

Other event winners for the Vikings were Katelyn Wright in the women's high jump (5-3 1/4), Lindsay Wells in the women's hammer (170-6), Isaac Griffith in the men's 5,000 (14:58.84) and Andrew Wise in the 3,000 men's steeplechase (9:54.08).

On Friday, WWU's Slater Hirst improved on his provisional mark in the men's javelin with a throw of 204-7 to place second. Teammate John Haskin was third at 186-05, less than a foot short of the PNQ mark.

The Vikings will compete in a number of meets next week, including the Cal State Los Angeles Invitational, Azusa Pacific Invitational, Cal State Long Beach Invitational and Central Washington Invitational.

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