ALLENDALE, Michigan—The NCAA Division II track & field championships get underway Thursday on the campus of Grand Valley State University, with several athletes looking for top three finishes.
Western Washington will send the largest contingent of the four Washington D2 schools with eight, led by Katelyn Steen (left/photo by Paul Merca) in the steeple and 5000, and Katie Reichert in the javelin.
Steen is ranked #2 nationally in the steeple at 10:13.01, while Reichert is ranked #3 in the javelin at 165-7 (50.48m). Reichert finished second last year to teammate Bethany Drake, who is redshirting this season due to an injury.
Western will also send Alex Donigian (100m), John Haskin and Slater Hirst (javelin), Travis Milbrandt (110HH), Ryan Macdonald (discus), and Haley O’Connor (5000m).
Saint Martin’s sends four athletes in Shannon Porter (5000/10000), Kalli Walker (w javelin), Brian Chalkey (m javelin), and Mikel Smith (high jump).
Central Washington will have Dani Eggleston and Erin Chinchar in the steeplechase, McKenna Emmert in the pole vault, and Kevin Stanley in the hammer.
Seattle Pacific will be represented by Lynette Decker in the 800, and Anna Patti in the 5000.
Fans will be able to keep up with the 752 athletes in Michigan this week. The NCAA will provide a free live webcast. Live results will be available through Prime Time Timing. Appropriate links can be found on this paragraph.
Vancouver’s Kara Winger finished seventh at the Shanghai Diamond League meet on Sunday May 17th in China. Winger threw 202-7 (61.76m) as Huihui Lu on China won with a toss of 210-3 (64.08m).
The IAAF Diamond League circuit resumes a week from Saturday (May 30) with the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene.
NOTE: The sports information offices of Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, Central Washington, and Saint Martin’s contributed to this report.