Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ryan Brown leads Western Washington into NCAA Division II indoor championships...

The final start lists are posted for Friday and Saturday's NCAA Division II indoor track & field championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Western Washington University will be led by defending pole vault champion Ryan Brown (left/photo courtesy Western Washington University).

Brown has the best mark in Division II of 17-5. That broke his school record of 17-1/2 set in 2010. At the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 19, Brown won the event for the fourth straight year, something that has happened just once before in league history

Brown will be joined by 5000 meter runner Jordan Welling, the reigning GNAC champ.

On the women's side, multi-time NCAA Division II All-American Sarah Porter will contest the 5000 meters in an expected matchup against Shippenburg (PA) standout Neely Spence, the reigning Division II cross country champion.

She'll be joined by Eleanor Siler in the 400 meter dash. Siler will run in the Vikings' distance medley relay, along with Lauren Breihof, Rachael Johnson, and Megan O'Connell.

Central Washington freshman Becca Clark and Seattle Pacific senior Melissa Peaslee are entered in the pole vault.

The complete men's start list is available here, while the women's start list is available here.

NOTE:  The NCAA contributed to this report.

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