Track & Field Weekly Report

Contact: Bob Guptill (503-305-8756/ April 23, 2015 GNAC Multi-Events Monday and Tuesday at Saint Martin’s THIS WEEK: Thursday – Titan Twilight at Eugene (WOU). Friday UCSD Triton Invitational (SPU). Saturday – Carroll College Invitational (MSUB); WSU Cougar Invitational (NNU); UCSD Triton Invitational (SPU); WWU Ralph Vernacchia (CWU, SMU, SPU, WWU). Monday (April 27) – GNAC Multi-Events at Lacey; Achilles Cup in Vancouver, B.C. (SFU vs. UBC). Tuesday (April 28) – GNAC Multi-Events at Lacey. Seattle Pacific will send athletes to San Diego to compete at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational. Montana State Billings will compete in the Carroll College Invitational and Northwest Nazarene will be in Pullman for the Washington State Cougar Invitational. The long weekend begins Thursday with Western Oregon competing at the Lane College Titan Twilight in Eugene and concludes with the Achilles Cup (SFU vs. UBC dual) Monday in Vancouver, B.C. 22 To Compete in GNAC Multi-Events Twenty-two athletes – 11 men and 11 women – will compete in the GNAC Multi-Events beginning Monday at Saint Martin’s University. 37 Qualifying Marks, 4 Records GNAC athletes had 37 national qualifying performances including three automatic marks in meets around the West last week. Four of the performances set conference records. The multis are the first event of the 2015 GNAC Championships. The remainder of the meet will be held May 8-9 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. The multis get underway Monday with the first decathlon event at 10 a.m. The heptathlon starts 30 minutes later. Western Washington’s Alex Donigian broke his own record in the men’s 100 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 10.22. He set the old record of 10.27 earlier this month in the Texas Relays. Among the athletes competing will be heptathlon defending champion Karolin Anders of Alaska Anchorage. The top seed is UAA’s Rosie Smith who posted a provisional national qualifying score of 4,613 points last week at Azusa, Calif. Viking hurdler Travis Milbrandt also broke his own record of 14.71 in the 110 hurdles – twice. After running a 14.33 at Mt. SAC, he ran a 14.30 Saturday at Long Beach State. Justin Peterson of Central Washington is the top seed in the decathlon with a score of 6,401. That, however, is just one point better than Northwest Nazarene freshmen Payton Lewis. WWU, which was selected as the GNAC Team of the Week, also got a conference record from Katelyn Steen in the steeplechase. She ran a 10:13.01, despite falling down with 3 ½ laps to go. The multis conclude Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m. with the sixth event of the decathlon. Tuesday’s heptathlon events start at 10 a.m. Donigian and Steen’s marks and a career-best throw of 165-7 by WWU’s Katie Reichert in the javelin were all automatic marks. WWU Hosts 34th Ralph Vernacchia Invitational Seven different GNAC schools posted qualifying marks led by Alaska Anchorage with 14 (4 men, 10 women). Western Washington had 10 (6 men, 4 women) and Simon Fraser had five (3 men, 2 women), The 34th Western Washington University Ralph Vernacchia Invitational highlights this week’s track-and-field schedule in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The meet gets underway Saturday at Civic Stadium in Bellingham at 9 a.m. Seattle Pacific had 3 (3 women), Western Oregon (2 men) and Central Washington (1 man, 1 woman) had two each and Saint Martin’s had 1 (1 woman). Among the teams joining the Vikings in the meet from the GNAC are Central Washington, Saint Martin’s and Seattle Pacific. Following is a list of the qualifiers and where their performances rank on the GNAC’s All-Time Top 10 lists. NATIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS: Men: 100 – 1. Alex Donigian, WWU, 10.22. 800 – 2. +Cameron Proceviat, SFU, 1:49.64; 4. *Nathan Kipchumba, UAA, 1:50.56; Josh Hanna, WOU, 1:51.62. 1500 – 3. Travis Vugteveen, SFU, 3:47.63; Sam Naffziger, WOU, 3:51.76. 10,000 – 3. Dominik Notz, UAA, 29:26.29; 6. Henry Also on the schedule are meets in San Diego, Helena, Eugene, Pullman and Vancouver, B.C. 1