WWU men win third straight GNAC title

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 10, 2014 

The Western Washington University men won for the third straight year, tying the conference overall record of five, and the Viking women nearly pulled an upset, tying for second place just four points behind champion Alaska Anchorage, at the 13th annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships which ended Saturday at McArthur Stadium on the campus of host Western Oregon University.

WWU totaled 186 points in the men's competition, 28 more than runner-up UAA at 158. Western Oregon was third (113) and Northwest Nazarene fourth (109).

The Viking women tied for second at 133 with NNU. UAA took top honors with 137 and Seattle Pacific was fourth (121).

Leading the charge for WWU was Katelyn Steen, who was the meet's Outstanding Female Performer. She won the 5,000 in 17:03.91 and placed second in the 1,500, reaching the NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying standard with a clocking of 4:30.98. That was just .66 seconds off the school record.Steen won the 3,000 steeplechase on Friday in the school record time of 10:34.40.

Lindsay Wells won her third straight conference title in the hammer with a mark of 173-7.Tanya Bjornsson was a provisional qualifier in winning the women's 100 hurdles in 14.21 after taking the long jump on Friday. Katie Reichert, ranked fourth nationally, won the women's javelin with a throw of 156-4.

The Viking men won two events on the final day, giving them a total of six. Logan Myers, who was second in the high jump on Friday, placed first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.70. WWU also took the 4x400 relay with a season-best 3:15.48 clocking. 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. Brett Watson defended his title in the men's high jump, meeting the provisional standard by clearing 6-8 1/4.

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