Friday, May 10, 2013

Seattle University's Hannah Mittelstaedt garners school's first individual WAC championship...

ARLINGTON, Texas--Hannah Mittelstaedt (left/photo courtesy Western Athletic Conference) won Seattle University's first individual WAC title, as she held off Texas-Arlington freshman Katelyn Hayward to win the women's 3000 meter steeplechase in a time of 10:45.84 to 10:45.90.

In the men's 10000 finals, Matthew McClement finished third in a time of 31:53.72, as Barry Britt of Idaho won in 31:42.77. Erik Barkhaus was sixth in 32:33.20.

Dylan Burnett finished fifth in the javelin with a toss of 211-10 (64.57m).

Wenatchee resident Hannah Kiser of Idaho won the women's 10000 in a time of 35:20.35.

After the third day of the conference championships, the Seattle U men are in sixth place with 13 points, while the Redhawk women are in eighth place with 11 points.

At the Big Sky championships in Forest Grove, Eastern Washington's outstanding pole vaulter Keisa Monterola successfully defended her conference title, winning with a clearance of 13-3 1/2, with teammate Robin Taylor getting second for the second straight year at 12-11 1/2.

"Kudos to Keisa for pulling off a great meet when we needed her to," said Eagle women's coach Marcia Mecklenburg.

Katie Mahoney finished second in a time of 10:28.52 in the 3000 steeplechase.

In the women's hammer, Olivia Midles was second with a toss of 180-10 (55.13), and Emma Murillo was third at 180-5 (54.99m).

Jordan Arakawa finished second in the hammer with a toss of 208-4 (63.49m).

Phil Puccino was fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6-9 (2.06m).

Marlyn Anderson was fourth and Cody Humphrey was fifth in the men's shot put with throws of 53-5 3/4 (16,30m), and 52-2 3/4 (15.92m).

Vince Hamilton was fifth in the 10000 in 31:37.16.

The Eastern women's team currently holds the lead with 45 points, with Sacramento State in second at 36.5 points.  In the men's team scoring, the Eagles sit in a tie for third at 35 points, as Weber State holds the lead at 47.5 points.

At the GNAC championships in Monmouth, Oregon,   Ali Worthen of Seattle Pacific tied a conference record and also set a meet record in winning the women's long jump with a leap of 19-8 (5.99m).

Worthen, who also won the event in 2011, equaled the GNAC record set by Stephanie Huffman of Seattle Pacific in 2002.  She broke the meet record of 19-1 ½ set by Emily Warman of Western Washington last season.

Western's Tanya Bjornnson was second at 18-8 (5.69m), and the Falcons' Katy Gross was third at 18-6 (5.64m).

Gross also earned a top three finish in the javelin, throwing 139-6 (42.53m).

Cheyanna Pinley of Western Washington won the women's pole vault with a leap of 11-8 1/2 (3.57m).  Jamie Larsen of Central Washington was second at the same height, with defending champion Karis Anderson of Western third at 11-0 3/4 (3.37m).

In the women's steeple, Western's Katelyn Steen was second in 11:04.67, and Central's Kelsey Kreft third at 11:10.73.

Sam Washington of Saint Martin’s, who won the shot in 2008 and again last season, earned his third title in the event with a put of 55-3 (16.84m).

Other first day winners included Bryan Mack of Central Washington in the long jump, Brett Watson of Western Washington in the high jump and Troy Martin of Central Washington in the discus.

Mack won with a leap of 23-4 (7.11m), and teammate Kevin Yates was third at 23-1 1/4 (7.04m).

The Vikings' Frank Catelli was second behind Washington in the shot put at 54-8 3/4 (16.68m).

In the discus, the Wildcats' Troy Martin's winning toss was 160-8 (48.98m), with Ryan Macdonald of Western second at 159-3 (48.61m), and Sam Washington garnering third for Saint Martin's at 154-2 (46.99m).

Seattle Pacific's AJ Baker finished third in the 3000 steeple, running 9:31.84.

Alaska Anchorage is the women's first day leader with 58 points, with Western Washington (55), Seattle Pacific (52), and Central Washington (28) running 2-3-4.

Central Washington is in a tight battle with Western Washington at 64-61.5, with Saint Martin's fifth at 22, and SPU eighth with 6 points.

NOTE: The GNAC, Big Sky Conference, and the sports information offices of Seattle University contributed to this report.

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