Monday, May 2, 2011

WSU javelin thrower Marissa Tschida named Pac-10 field event athlete of the week...

Washington State University javelin thrower Marissa Tschida (left/photo courtesy Pacific-10 Conference) from Missoula, MT., was named the Pacific-10 Conference Female Field Athlete of the Week for April 25-30, for her performances at the WSU vs. Washington Dual Meet in Seattle.

Tschida (pronounced cheetah) won the javelin for the fourth consecutive year at the dual meet between the cross-state and conference rivals. She threw a season-best distance of 178-feet, 11 inches (54.54m) which is the second-best throw nationally this year. The No. 21 ranked WSU women's team defeated Washington by a score of 92-71.

Tschida is the defending Pac-10 women's javelin champion and the current WSU record-holder with a 2010 toss of 186-1 (56.71m). This is her second Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week honor, having received the award in 2008 as a freshman.

Some late results from Sunday night's Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational: In section two of the women's 10000, Western Washington senior Sarah Porter finished 11th in a time of 33:48.12, an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II championships at the end of the month. Her time was just 11.29 seconds off the school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference record of 33:36.83 she set last year in finishing 15th at this meet.

Also, former University of Washington standout Jake Schmitt, now running for the Bay Area TC, finished 31st in the second section of the men's 1000, running 28:59.85.

In Nampa, Idaho, Seattle Pacific University sophomore Katy Gross, senior Crystal Sims and junior Ali Worthen rank 1-2-3 at the midpoint of the hep in the GNAC Multi-Event Championships at Northwest Nazarene University.

Gross (Everett, Wash./Cascade HS), who won the conference indoor pentathlon title in February, leads the way with 2,981 points.

Sims (Portland, Ore.), the defending champion is right behind with 2,979 points, winning the shot put and 200 meters to finish day one.

Worthen (Coos Bay, Ore.), who wasn't able to compete the past two years because of injuries, is a close third with 2,969 points, picking up 859 of those for her winning time of 14.87 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles.

SPU's Jennifer Pike (Vancouver, Wash./Skyview HS) is in sixth place with 2,636 points, but that is just 61 points away from fourth.

Western Washington's Brooklyn Holton stands in eighth with a four-event total of 2428 points.

In the GNAC decathlon competition, Central Washington's Jason Caryl is currently in second after the first five events, with a score of 3375 points.

Western Oregon's Jake Hyde leads with a five-event total score of 3435 points.

SPU's Nate Johnson stands in sixth at the halfway mark, amassing 3159 points through the first five events, setting PRs in three events, and tying a PR in a fourth.

Western's Tim Clendaniel is currently in ninth after day 1 with a score of 2996 points.

Day one results from the GNAC Multi-Events Championships are available here.

NOTE: The Pacific-10 Conference, Washington State University, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference contributed to this report.

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