Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weekend roundup, May 15th: Erica Chaney of Eastern Washington wins weight double; Falcons do it again at GNACs...

While our coverage of Washington's collegiate and pro action this weekend focused on the fortunes of the University of Washington and Washington State University track and field teams at the Pacific 10 Conference championships here in Tuscon, there was a plethora of action involving the state's other schools:

At the Big Sky Conference meet in Sacramento, Erica Chaney (left/photo courtesy EWU) of Eastern Washington broke the school record in the shot put Friday with a toss of 51-3 to break the previous school record of 50-11 set in 1991 by Nancy Kuiper. Chaney won the event by more than two feet over Sacramento State’s Andrea Behring (48-11), who led until Chaney’s final throw of the co

The next day, she turned around and won the discus title with a toss of 155-4.

Other Eagle winners included Brad Wall in the 400 (46.93) and Michael Okoro in the 200 (21.38).

Eastern Washington's meet recap is available here.

In the GNAC championships in Monmouth, Oregon, Seattle Pacific's Kishia Mitchell turned in a sprint double (12.29/25.52), had a hand in their winning 4 x 100m relay (meet record 47.23), and Crystal Sims won the 100 hurdles, while do-it-all specialist Ali Worthen took last week's heptathlon, long jump and high jump to lead the Falcons to yet another conference crown.

Ray Zoellick of the Falcons was an upset winner in the pole vault (14-11/4.40m) after defending NCAA champ Ryan Brown of Western Washington no-heighted.

Western Washington University's Michael Hoffman won the men's hammer for the second straight year and Tim Clendaniel placed first in the men's triple jump with a NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying effort in helping the Vikings finish second in both the men's and women's divisions.

All American Sarah Porter won the 10000 in 36:33.87, and Monika Gruszecki won the javelin with a toss of 156-11 to avenge a loss to Seattle Pacific's Brittany Aanstad (148-5).

WWU's Jordan Welling won the men's 10000 in 30:25.75, and Ben Elder won the discus at 167-1.

Central Washington's Kati Davis won the pole vault with a mark of 11-11.75 (3.73m). Teammate Torrie Self took a weight double, winning the discus (143-8) and hammer (175-5).

Seattle Pacific's release is here; Western Washington's release is here.

At the Great West Conference championships in Orem, Utah, Dylan Burnett won the javelin with a school record throw of 70.66 meters (231-10).

Burnett’s throw also earned him the Most Outstanding Performance award for the meet and beat the Seattle University record by seven meters.

Seattle University's release is available here.

Moving to the pros, at the Shanghai Diamond League meet on Sunday, Aretha Thurmond finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 200-1 (60.98m).

The Diamond League Shanghai results are available here.

In Manchester, England, Ginnie Crawford finished second in a time of 12.87 in the 100 hurdles behind Danielle Carruthers (12.73) as track & field took to the streets.

You can read the report here.

NOTE: Seattle Pacific, Seattle University, Western Washington, the GNAC, Eastern Washington, and contributed to this report.

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