Western Washington University’s Katelyn Steen and Brett Watson were two-event honorees among 10 Vikings named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Region All-Stars on Monday, May 11.
Steen earned recognition in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000, and Watson was honored in the men’s long jump and high jump.
Steen set school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference records with a steeplechase time of 10:13.01. That clocking ranks second nationally and she is an automatic qualifier at the NCAA Division II national championships on May 21-23.
Last Friday, Steen won the steeplechase for the second straight year at the GNAC Championships in a meet record time of 10:14.16.
Watson was named Outstanding Male Athlete at the GNAC meet. His winning long jump mark of 24-1 3/4 broke a school record that had stood since 1966 and he won his third consecutive league title in the high jump by clearing 6-7.
Rounding out the WWU region all-stars were Alex Donigian in the men’s 100, John Haskin in the men’s javelin, Ryan Macdonald in the men’s discus, Travis Milbrandt in the men’s 110 hurdles, Megan Mortensen in the women’s discus, Logan Myers in the men’s 110 hurdles, Haley O’Connor in the women’s steeplechase, and Katie Reichert in the women’s javelin.
Donigian won the 100 at the GNAC meet and ran a wind-aided time of 10.22 at the Texas Relays, bettering his own school and conference records.
Milbrandt won the 110 hurdles at the conference meet, having a 14.21 effort in the preliminaries which bettered his own school and GNAC records.
Reichert has the nation’s third-best mark this season of 165-7 in the javelin.
O’Connor, who has a steeplechase time of 10:38.54, ran a school-record 4:29.71 in the 1,500 at the GNAC meet.
Macdonald and Mortensen each won GNAC discus titles, Macdonald for the second straight year.