Hirst improves men's javelin PNQ mark by nearly five feet


Western Washington University's Slater Hirst bettered his provisional national qualifying mark in the men's javelin by nearly five feet as he placed third with an effort of 209-4 on Saturday at the Beach Track and Field Invitational meet held on the Cerritos College campus.

Teammate John Haskin reached the provisional standard with a throw of 191-11 as he finished 14th. That was over five feet longer than his previous best this season.

The Vikings placed two-three in the women's javelin. Katie Reichert bettered her national automatic qualifying mark by seven inches with a toss of 162-8 and Bethany Drake, who tops NCAA Division II with a throw of 169-6, had a mark of 160-3.

WWU's Isaac Griffith placed fourth in the men's 10,000 meters and Lindsay Wells was eighth in the women's hammer (170-2).

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