Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ali Worthen's win in high jump helps Falcons win eighth consecutive GNAC indoor crown...

NAMPA, Idaho--Seattle Pacific University claimed its eight straight GNAC indoor track & field championship, led by high jumper Ali Worthen's (left/photo courtesy Seattle Pacific University) victory, and its all-around depth Saturday at Jackson's Track.

Off to a solid start on Friday with Katy Gross’ victory in the pentathlon and Ali Worthen’s in the long jump at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Falcons added just one more individual title on Saturday when Worthen took the high jump.

But they also added 78 more points to their Friday total, and that was enough give them their eighth consecutive team title, scoring 126.5 to top Simon Fraser, which finished second with 118 points.

Central Washington finished fifth with 80.5 points, while Western Washington was sixth with 74.5 points, and Saint Martin's was eighth with 10 points.

In the men's competition, day 1 leader Western Washington couldn't hold off the charge of Western Oregon, as they finished second with 135 points to WOU's 147.83 points.

Central Washington was third with 104.83, while Seattle Pacific finished sixth with 41, and Saint Martin's eighth with 11 points.

For Western, pole vaulter Ryan Brown won his fourth straight GNAC title, clearing a modest 15-9 1/4.

Other winners for the Vikings included Sarah Porter (17:18.68) and Jordan Welling (15:15.07) in the 5000m, Tim Clendaniel in the triple jump (46-11), Alex Tilley in the 60m dash (7.05), and Tanya Bjornsson in the 60 hurdles (8.98).

Central Washington got two wins in the shot put (45-10) and the 20-pound weight throw (53-7.5) from Torrie Self, who was named the outstanding female athlete of the meet.

The Wildcats got wins from Anthony Hogan (8.42) in the 60 hurdles and Katharine Lotze in the triple jump (38-5).

In addition to Worthen, Nathan Seeley (1:54.35) won the 800, and Nate Johnson (4576 points) won the heptathlon for the Falcons of Seattle Pacific.

Seattle Pacific hosts the Falcon Last Chance meet next Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor facility at the University of Washington following the conclusion of the MPSF Indoor championships.

Complete results of the GNAC meet and the recap are available here.

COUGARS GET TEN WINS AT WSU OPEN II MEET...

In Pullman, Washington State track and field competitors grabbed 10 wins and reached 11 lifetime-best marks Saturday at the WSU Open II Indoor track and field meet.

Cougar women claiming wins on the oval Saturday included Chanel James in the 60m dash with a time equaling her PR of 7.62 seconds in the prelims and then winning in a time of 7.65, Cindy Robinson in the 200m running a season-best time of 25.21, Ramona Morshead in the 3000m running a time of 10-minutes, 42.61 seconds, the 4x400m relay of Jalisa Williams, Courtney Zalud, James, and Veronica Elseroad-Wall in a time of 3:55.20.

In women's field events, joining Cassie Whitfield, Friday night's weight throw winner, were Christine Rice who high jumped a PR of 5-feet, 8 1/2 inches (1.74m), and Bianca Walton who triple jumped 37-10 1/2 and led a one-two-three Cougar women finish. Angela Jensen ran the top collegiate 60m hurdles time of 8.72, with Canadian Olympian and Idaho assistant coach Angela Whyte winning the hurdles in 8.14. Mary Barnett threw the shot put a PR distance of 44-10 3/4 (13.68m) for second place.

WSU men taking wins Saturday included Rashaun Johnson in the 200m with a time of 22.05, J Hopkins in the 400m dash with a time of 50.79, Andrew Gonzales in the mile with a PR time of 4:14.83, and Ross VanZanten in the high jump clearing 6-7 (2.01m). Garrett Gerling finished second in 60m hurdles with a PR time of 8.35, Joe Bartlett took second in the shot put with a PR throw of 55-7 1/2 (16.95m), and Drew Jordan took third place in the mile with a PR time of 4:19.53.

Cougars who reached lifetime-best marks at the WSU Open II meet included Sean Harris in the 60m dash (8.51m) and in the pole vault (14-9/4.50m), Nate Washington in the 60m dash (6.95), and Ashley Kenney in the shot put (42-2/12.85m).

The Cougars will compete in next week's MPSF Championships hosted by the University of Washington at the Dempsey Indoor Facility Friday and Saturday.

Complete results are available here.

NOTE: The GNAC, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, and Washington State University contributed to this report.

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