BELLINGHAM - Two track and field athletes, Frank Catelli and Bethany Drake, have been named the Western Washington University 2013-14 Athletes of the Year, respectively, for men and women.
The announcement was made Tuesday at the fifth annual Dub-Dub-Blue awards ceremony on the WWU campus. Their names will be added to the G. Robert Ross Memorial Trophy.
Drake, a sophomore from Sandy, Ore., earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America honors after winning the javelin at the NCAA Division II national championships.
Drake was ranked No. 1 nationally for most of the season after setting school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference records with a toss of 169-6 on April 5. That mark was the fourth longest in NCAA II history.
Drake earned USTFCCCA National Division II Athlete of the Week honors for that feat.
Drake also was named USTFCCCA West Region Field Athlete of the Year and a West Region all-star.
An anthropology major, Drake received GNAC academic all-star honors with a 3.78 grade point average.
Catelli, a sophomore from Sequim, placed third in the shot put at nationals with a school and GNAC record effort of 60-10 1/2. He also finished 13th in the discus.
A USTFCCCA All-American, Catelli placed first at the GNAC Championships with a meet record put of 59-7.
Catelli earned West Region all-star honors in both the shot put and discus, setting a school record of 173-11 in the latter.
Catelli also had an outstanding indoor season, being named the USTFCCCA West Region Field Athlete of the Year. He placed 17th at nationals in the shot put and set a school record of 57-5 1/2.