Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ryan Brown gets NCAA auto standard at Vernacchia Team Classic...

BELLINGHAM--Western Washington University's Ryan Brown (left/photo courtesy Western Washington University) cleared the NCAA Division II automatic national qualifying standard in winning the men's pole vault and both the Viking men and women continued their winning streaks at the Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Classic on Friday at Civic Stadium.

Brown, the defending national outdoor champion and a two-time indoor national champion in the pole vault, tied his own meet record by clearing 16-10 3/4 (5.15m).

Western won the men's team championship for the 14th consecutive year with 300 points. British Columbia was second in the 11-team field with 122.

The Viking women took top honors for the sixth consecutive time with 251 points. Simon Fraser was second in the 14-team field with 174-1/2.

Results from the meet are available here.

In Friday action at the Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas, Washington State's Nate Washington ran the fastest time for the Cougars in the 100 meter dash preliminaries of 10.51W (wind of 4.6 meters per second) for 20th place. Marlon Murray ran his first sprint of the season and finished 31st in a time of 10.60W while Brett Blanshan was 39th in a time of 10.66w.

The Cougar trio, along with Brandon Dawson, teamed up in the 4 x 100m prelims, and ran 40.92, good for 12th place.

Ashley Kenney finished fifth in Section B of the women's discus after throwing a distance of 153-feet, 3 inches (46.71m).

Saturday, Jeshua Anderson will look for a four-peat as he defends his 400-meter hurdles title at the Relays. He'll also run a leg on WSU's 4 x 400m relay.

Javelin throwers Marissa Tschida and Courtney Kirkwood are also in action Saturday. Live video feed and results are available from the Texas Relays at

NOTE: The sports information office at Washington State University and Western Washington University contributed to this report.

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