Tomsich named GNAC Male Athlete of Year

Western Washington University sophomore Anthony Tomsich has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Tomsich, who finished fourth in the 1,500 meters in a GNAC-record time of 3:48.72 at last weekend’s NCAA Division II national meet, received all but two of the first-place votes in the men’s balloting.

Seattle Pacific freshman Jessica Pixler, who won the NCAA Division II women’s 1,500 title and finished second in the 800, was a unanimous selection for the women’s award.

In addition to setting a conference record in the 1,500 meters, Tomsich also ran the second fastest 5,000 meters (14:31.86) in GNAC history this spring. In the conference meet, he won the 1,500 and finished second in the 5K.

Pixler was named the GNAC Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Pixler, who earlier was named the NCAA Division II West Region Women’s Track Athlete-of-the-Year, set GNAC records in the 800 meters (2:07.44), 1,500 meters (4:19.81) and 3000 meters (9:37.41) this spring. She won all three events at the conference meet before scoring 18 points in the national meet to lead SPU to a seventh-place team finish, its best since finishing eighth in 2001.

Vikings sign nine: Western Washington University track and field and cross country coach Pee Wee Halsell announced Thursday that nine high school seniors have signed national letters of intent to compete for the Vikings.

Leading that group are two state champions — Keefe Brockman from Hanford High School in West Richland and Megan Paulsen, who is from Issaquah and attends Bellevue Christian High School.

Brockman took the Class 3A state title in the boys’ high jump, clearing 6-8, and placed sixth in the triple jump where he had posted the state’s second-best mark of 46-7.

Paulsen successfully defended her state title in the girls’ triple jump at the Class 1A state meet and placed third in the long jump.

Also coming to Western are Megan O’Connell from Skyline High School in Sammamish, Sarah Porter from Hockinson High School in Brush Prairie, Megan Zukowski from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Corey Sullivan from Interlake High School in Bellevue, Cheri Watson from Olympia High School, Lauren Breihof from Mountain View High School in Vancouver, and Joanna Houplin from Olympia High School.

O’Connell placed third in the girls’ 400 meters (57.24) at the Class 3A state meet and helped the 4x400 relay finish third.

Porter finished sixth in the Class 2A state girls’ 3,200 and 10th in the 1,600. She also was sixth at the state cross country championships.

Zukowski placed eighth in the Class 4A state girls’ 4x100 relay and seventh in the 4x200. She also reached the prelims of the 200.

Sullivan was seventh in the Class 3A state prelims of the boys’ 110 hurdles.

Watson was seventh in the Class 4A state girls’ 4x400 relay and fifth in the 800 prelims, and Houplin is a sprinter who was hampered by injuries this season.

Breihof competed in the 2006 Class 4A state cross country meet, placing 24th.