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Steen places fourth at nationals in 5,000, runs 3,000 Saturday

Western Washington University distance runner Katelyn Steen placed fourth in the women’s 5,000 meters and sprinter Alex Donigian advanced to the finals of the men’s 60 at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, March 13, at Birmingham, Ala..

Steen, competing in her first indoor nationals, was clocked in 16:54.31 as she earned All-American honors by placing among the top eight.

“She ran a very smart race,” said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell (28th year) of Steen. “She went out and took the lead at 3,000 meters for three or four laps. Then those four broke loose from the rest of the pack.”

Donigian placed second in the third and final heat of the 60 with a time of 6.76 seconds. That advanced him to Saturday’s final at 1:50 p.m.

“He got out to a pretty good start and ran well,” Halsell said.