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Six Vikings named USTFCCCA All-Americans

Katelyn Steen earned All-America recognition in two events and was one of six Western Washington University athletes recognized on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field All-America Team announced Tuesday, May 26.

Steen was a first-team pick along with Alex Donigian, Slater Hirst and Katie Reichert.

Two Vikings named to the second team were Haley O’Connor and Ryan Macdonald.

Steen placed second in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and third in the 5,000 at the NCAA II national championships held last weekend at Allendale, Mich. Donigian was third in the men’s 100, Hirst second in the men’s javelin and Reichert fifth in the women’s javelin.

Steen finished her four-year career with seven All-America awards, five of them during the current school year. She was recognized in two events in indoor track last March, being a first-team pick in the 5,000 and second-team choice in the 3,000. Steen also was an honoree in cross country, placing 34th and fifth, respectively, in 2013 and 2014, as well as an outdoor track selection in 2014 when she was fourth in the steeplechase.

The All-America distinction was the third for Reichert, who was also honored in 2014 and 2012. Donigian’s accolade was his third overall and the second straight for both him and Hirst in outdoor track.

Steen was runner-up in the steeplechase with a time of 10:13.93, less than a second off her school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference record of 10:13.01. Her third-place 5,000 was completed in 16:46.36.

Reichert’s fifth-place javelin throw measured 161-8. She finished second last year and seventh in 2012.

Hirst bettered his WWU record by nearly 14 feet with a runner-up mark of 230-5 in the javelin. He placed fourth a year ago.

Donigian ran a 10.38 100 in finishing third. He was fifth last year and second in the indoor 60 this winter.

O’Connor placed 10th in the women’s 1,500 (4:35.66) as did Macdonald in the men’s discus (177-4).

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