WWU track and field opens strong


Western Washington University, which had six first-day event winners, is dominating the men's competition and is third in the women's standings following action Friday at the 13th annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Western Oregon University.

The Viking men already have accumulated 93 points. They are seeking their third consecutive team title and fifth overall.

WWU's Frank Catelli won the men's shot put with a mark of 59-7. That also made him an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division II National Championships.

The Vikings' Ryan Macdonald took the men's discus with a mark 159-11 1/4 and Kevin Yates won the men's long jump with a leap of 23-1 1/4.

WWU's Brett Watson successfully defended his title in the men's high jump, meeting the provisional standard by clearing 6-8 1/4.

WWU's Katelyn Steen easily won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, bettering her provisional qualifying time by nearly 10 seconds with a personal-best 10:34.40 clocking. Tanya Bjornsson took the women's long jump with leap of 18-11 3/4.

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