Saturday, March 3, 2012

Western's Hoffman & SPU's Aanstad get NCAA PQs at outdoor season opener in Tacoma...

TACOMA--While the Division I schools were competing at the Dempsey Indoor facility in Seattle, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, and Lewis & Clark opened the 2012 outdoor season at the UPS Quad meet, hosted by the University of Puget Sound.

Western Washington won 12 of 19 events to win the men's competition with 110 points.

Seattle Pacific was second with 39, followed by Puget Sound 29 and Lewis & Clark 15.

WWU placed first in 11 women's events, finishing with 92 points. Puget Sound was runner-up with 44, followed by Lewis & Clark 39 and Seattle Pacific 18.

The Vikings' Michael Hoffman (left/photo courtesy Western Washington University) won three events, posting a NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying mark and meet record in the men's hammer throw.

Hoffman tossed the hammer 185-7, breaking his own meet standard set last year, in leading a 1-2-3-4 sweep by the Vikings. He also placed first in the shot put (44-8) and discus (139-5).

Seattle Pacific senior Brittany Aanstad opened the season with a toss of 141-4 to get an NCAA Division II provisional qualifier.

Aanstad finished second in the javelin at last year's NCAA championships.

Complete results from the UPS Quad meet are available here.

NOTE: The sports information offices at Western Washington and Seattle Pacific contributed to this report.

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