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Three WWU athletes break records at Mt. SAC Relays

Western Washington University sprinter Alex Donigian, hurdler Travis Milbrandt and steeplechaser Katelyn Steen set school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference records on Friday, April 17, at the 57th Annual Mt. SAC Relays taking place in Walnut, Calif.

Donigian nearly cracked the NCAA Division II Top 10 all-time list in the 100 meters as he placed third in his heat and third overall with a time of 10.22 seconds. That broke his own WWU and conference records set on May 28 at the Texas Relays when he posted an automatic national qualifying time of 10.27.

Milbrandt won his heat and placed 11th overall in the 110 hurdles with a provisional national qualifying clocking of 14.33. That bettered the two-year-old WWU record of 14.65 set by Logan Myers and the GNAC standard of 14.47 established last year by Central Washington’s Bernari Sternen.

Steen placed third, despite a fall, in her Olympic Development 3,000-meter steeplechase race. Her time of 10:13.01 is the second best nationally in Division II and she became an automatic national qualifier. Steen bested her own school record of 10:20.66 set last year and the GNAC record of 10:13.33 set by Alaska Anchorage’s Susan Tanui in 2012.

The Vikings’ Katie Reichert finished seventh in the women’s javelin with a mark of 156-7.

At the University of Oregon Relays in Eugene, Ore., WWU’s Haley O’Connor was a provisional qualifier in the women’s 1,500, being timed in 4:34.63 as she placed third in her heat and third overall.

At the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., the Vikings’ Brett Watson was a provisional qualifier in both the men’s high jump, clearing 6-8 1/4 to finish second, and long jump, leaping 23-9 1/2 in placing eighth. Megan Mortensen bettered her provisional mark in the women’s discus, tossing the implement 148-11.