Saturday, March 7, 2015

Vikings' Katie Reichert opens season with an auto qualifier...

TACOMA—Western Washington junior Katie Reichert (above/photo courtesy Western Washington University) wasted no time opening her 2015 outdoor track & field campaign, as she scored an NCAA Division II automatic qualifying mark at the UPS Outdoor Preview meet at Baker Stadium.

Reichert launched the javelin 159-2 (48.51m) to eclipse the NCAA Division II standard of 159-1 (48.50m) and assure herself a trip to Allendale, Michigan for the national championships in late May.

The junior from Longview goes into the season as the top returning javelin thrower in Division II after placing second at the national championships last year, behind her teammate Bethany Drake, who will miss this season with a back injury.

Ten athletes from Western Washington posted victories in Saturday’s meet, while Seattle Pacific athletes posted four wins, all on the women’s side.

Allanah Whitehall of host Puget Sound scored two victories in the 100 (12.20) and 200 (25.15) as she tunes up for next week’s NCAA Division III indoor championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she is the national leader in the 60 meter dash at 7.56 seconds.

Whitworth swept both the men’s and women’s competition, scoring 232 to win the men’s meet, with Puget Sound second (99), followed by Western Washington (95), Seattle Pacific (57) and Lewis & Clark (52).

Whit worth scored 191 to top the women’s leaderboard, followed by Western Washington (120), Seattle Pacific (86.5), UPS (75) and Lewis & Clark (50.5).

We missed the boat on this a few days ago, but in addition to earning a trip to next week’s NCAA indoor track & field championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Federal Way native Hannah Cunliffe, who attends the University of Oklahoma, was named by the Big 12 as its co-freshman indoor track & field athlete of the year.

Cunliffe finished second in the 60 meter dash at the Big 12 championship meet, running 7.28.

NOTE:  The University of Puget Sound, Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, and the University of Oklahoma contributed to this report.

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