Friday, April 13, 2012

Brittany Aanstad leads Falcons into Canada for Emilie Mondor/Simon Fraser Invitational...

The Seattle Pacific Falcons head north to Burnaby, British Columbia to compete in the Emilie Mondor/Simon Fraser Invitational this Saturday.

Seattle Pacific has not run a track and field meet in Canada since the Simon Fraser Invite in May 1997. The closest the Falcons have come to the border are their annual trips to Bellingham for the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational and/or the WWU Twilight.

The Falcons will by led by javelin thrower Brittany Aanstad (left/photo courtesy Seattle Pacific), the GNAC conference women's track & field athlete of the week for last week, after throwing a personal best of 161-11 (49.35m) to take the NCAA Division II lead at WAR V in Spokane.

Courtesy of Seattle Pacific, here's an interview with Aanstad.

The Falcon women's squad is ranked #12 in the current USTFCCCA Division II rankings that were released on Tuesday.

Grand Valley State of Michigan is currently ranked #1 in the country.

Meanwhile, Western Washington heads across the Cascades to Ellensburg for the Spike Arlt Invitational hosted by Central Washington University.

While Central and Western dominate the entries for the Arlt Invitational, teams from Northwest University and Green River CC are also entered.

Perhaps one of the best matchups of the meet is in the women's pole vault, which features 2012 NCAA Division II indoor All-Americans Karis Anderson of Western against Central's Kati Davis, with Seattle Pacific's NCAA indoor qualifier Terra Schumacher thrown in for good measure.

The start list for the Spike Arlt Invitational is available here.

Thursday night, sprinter Whitney Leavitt and jumper Shene Davis were double winners as Eastern Washington competed in the inaugural Whitworth Twilight meet in Spokane, hosted by Whitworth University.

Leavitt won the 100 and 200, and Davis was victorious in the long jump and triple jump.

Leavitt took the 100 in 12.25, and the 200 in 24.79.

Davis met the Big Sky qualifying standard in the triple jump with a winning leap of 37-3 1/4 (11.36m), and also won the long jump with a mark of 18-4 1/4 (5.59m) , which missed the qualifying standard in that event by just a quarter-inch.

Eastern alum Erica Chaney took a shot/discus double, winning the shot at 50-5.5 (15.38m), and the discus at 164-7 (50.18m).

Eastern's meet recap is available here, while complete results of the Whitworth Twilight are available here.

NOTE: The sports information offices of Seattle Pacific, Eastern Washington, Central Washington, and Whitworth University contributed to this report.

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