Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NCAA Division II meet begins Thursday in Michigan with all four Washington schools represented...

ALLENDALE, Michigan--All four of Washington's Division II schools are in action for the final time during the regular season beginning Thursday in Allendale, Michigan as Grand Valley State University hosts the NCAA Division II track & field championships beginning on Thursday.

On Thursday, Central Washington's Dani Eggleston and Western Washington's Katelyn Steen will run in the semis of the women's steeplechase, and look to advance to Friday's finals.  The Vikings' Alex Donigian will compete in the semis of the men's 100 for a shot at moving to Saturday's finals, while his teammate Lindsay Wells will throw in the finals of the women's hammer.

Finally, Connie Morgan of the Wildcats will run in the semis of the women's 1500 for an opportunity to advance to Saturday's finals.

Friday sees the entire Seattle Pacific team in action as McKayla Fricker and Lynelle Decker go in the semis of the women's 800.  Their 4 x 400 meter relay squad comprising of Tasia Baldwin, Kishia Mitchell, Jasmine Johnson and Fricker will also look to advance to the finals on Saturday.

Western's Frank Catelli will compete in the finals of the men's discus.

On Saturday, Catelli comes back to throw in the men's shot put finals, while teammates John Haskin and Slater Hirst are in the finals of the men's javelin.

Two of the top three women in Division II are in action on the final day, as the Western Washington duo of Bethany Drake (above/photo courtesy Western Washington University) and Katie Reichert are in the finals of the women's javelin, as is Saint Martin's Kalli Walker.

The meet will be webcast live on ncaa.com.  The link to live results is located here, and the time schedule is available here.

In Beijing, Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Crawford began her comeback from an injury that took her out of the 2013 outdoor season by finishing eighth at the IAAF World Challenge meet Wednesday at the Bird's Nest Stadium, which will host next year's world track & field championships.

Crawford ran a modest 13.66 to finish eighth as reigning world champion Brianna Rollins of the USA won in 12.58.

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