WWU Vikings

WWU men hold eight-point lead at GNAC Championships

Western Washington University had one school-record performance, two provisional national qualifying efforts and 13 personal records in first-day action Friday, Feb. 20, at the 12th annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships being held at Jacksons Indoor Facility on the campus of host Northwest Nazarene University.

The Viking men hold a eight-point lead, 50-42, over Alaska Anchorage atop the nine-team standings with Simon Fraser and NNU tied for third at 27. WWU is seeking a third straight title and fifth overall.

Meet records were set by Alex Donigian in the 200 meters and Travis Milbrandt in the 60 hurdles as they were the top qualifiers in preliminary heats for those events. Donigian broke his own mark with a 21.76 clocking and Milbrandt bettered the standard of former Viking Peter Maguire with a time of 8.15.

Logan Myers qualified in the 60 hurdles with a provisional national qualifying time of 8.25.

Donigian was the top qualifier in the 60 at 6.80. He is the defending GNAC champion in both the 60 and 200.

Cody McCranie broke a WWU record that had stood since 2012 as he was timed in 1:53.65 in a qualifying for the 800.

Nate van Tuinen placed second in the long jump final with a PNQ mark of 23-6 1/4, and Brett Watson was third (23-1 1/4).

Brandon Pless was runner-up in the shot put (50-2 1/2) and Ryan Macdonald finished third (49-10 1/2).

WWU’s distance medley relay team with van Tuinen running the third leg was fourth in 10:24.44.

Tying for fifth place in the pole vault at 14-9 1/2 were Gordie Kordas and J.T. Konrad.

Isaac Griffith was fifth in the 5,000 (15:02.82) and Tabor Reedy sixth (15:07.27).

Michael Stralser is eighth in the heptathlon after four events. He had the competition’s second-best shot put effort of 37-5 1/4, while clearing 5-8 3/4 in the high jump, leaping 18-1/4 in the long jump and running the 60 in 7.49.

WWU is sixth in the women’s standings with 12 points. Katelyn Wright tied for third in the high jump (5-4 1/2), Taylor Guenther placed sixth in the 5,000 (18:34.01), and the distance medley relay was seventh (12:43.45).

Seattle Pacific is the leader with 57 points, just two more than Alaska Anchorage 55, which has won the last two team titles.