Contact: Bob Guptill (503-305-8756/www.gnacsports.com)
April 1, 2015
GNAC Athletes Compete Up-and-Down the West Coast
THIS WEEK: Thursday – WWU Multi-Events (CWU, WWU). Friday
– Santa Barbara Sam Adams Combined (SPU); Stanford
Invitational (UAA, CWU, NNU, SFU, WOU); San Francisco State
Distance Carnival (UAA, CWU, NNU, SPU, SFU, WOU); WWU MultiEvents (CWU, WWU). Saturday – Stanford Invitational (UAA,
CWU, NNU, SFU, WOU); San Francisco State Distance Carnival
(UAA, CWU, NNU, SFU, WOU); Montana State Invitational
(MSUB); UPS Shotwell (CWU, SMU, SPU, SFU, WWU); UBC
Invitational (SFU); Portland Spring Break Open (WOU); Jenn
Boyman Linfield Invitational (SFU, WOU); Santa Barbara Sam
Adams Combined (SPU).
Jamie Ashcroft of Alaska Anchorage also earned two PNQs,
posting Division II’s sixth best women’s 200 time (24.50)
and seventh best mark in the 100 (11.86).
Lynelle Decker of Seattle Pacific recorded Division II’s
fourth best time in the 800 this spring (2:11.64) and
Tamara Perez of UAA ran the fifth best 1500 (4:31.70).
Doing even better were Shannon Porter of Saint Martin’s
with the season’s No. 2 time in the 5000 (16:37.99) and
UAA’s Haleigh Lloyd with the No. 3 national time in the
400 hurdles (1:00.96). SFU’s Monique Lisek moved into
seventh place in the hurdles with a time of 1:02.01.
Five Schools at Stanford, San Francisco State, UPS
PORTLAND, Ore. – In the Bay Area and south to Santa
Barbara, north to Canada and east to Missoula, Mont.,
GNAC track and field athletes will be journeying this
Also posting Top 10 marks were Kalli Walker of Saint
Martin’s (4th in the javelin, 155-6), Anna Paradee of
Western Washington in the pole vault (8th, 12-0 ¾) and
Central Washington’s Erin Chinchar in the steeplechase
The schedule features meets at Stanford, San Francisco
State, University of Montana, Linfield and in Portland
along with multi-events at Bellingham and Santa Barbara.
Porter’s 5K mark gives her two PNQs. She qualified in the
10K two weeks ago with a time of 35:39.79, which still
ranks eighth on TFRRS.
Several schools will be competing at multiple venues. Five
schools each will have athletes at the Stanford Invitational,
San Francisco State Distance Carnival and University of
Puget Sound Invitational.
Last Week’s National Qualifying Marks:
Men: 100 – 1. Alex Donigian, WWU, 10.27. 200 – 8. Cody
Warner, WOU, 21.40. 1500 – 13. Nathan Kipchumba,
3:52.01. High Jump – 13. Mikel Smith, SMU, 2/04 – 6-8 ¼,
and Justin Peterson, CWU, 2.04 – 6-8 ¼. Long Jump – 4.
Vladislav Tsygankov, SFU, 7.37 – 24-2 ¼. Javelin – 8. Brian
Chalkey, SMU, 63.03 – 206-9; 13. Justin Larson, WOU,
61.57 – 202-0. Decathlon – 6. Justin Peterson, CWU, 6401.
After recording 20 national qualifying marks last week
including a GNAC-record in the men’s 100 meters, the
athletes will be chasing more qualifying times this
Alex Donigian of Western Washington set a GNAC record
last Saturday in the 100 meters at the Texas Relays. His
time of 10.27 was also Division II’s best time this spring.
Women: 100 – 7. Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 11.86. 200 – 6.
Jamie Ashcroft, UAA, 24.50. 800 – 4. Lynelle Decker, SPU,
2:11.64. 1500 – 5. Tamara Perez, UAA, 4:31.70. 5000 - 2.
Shannon Porter, Saint Martin’s, 16:37.99. 400 Hurdles – 3.
Haleigh Lloyd, UAA, 1:00.96; 7. Monique Lisek, SFU,
1:02.01. Steeplechase – 10. Erin Chinchar, CWU, 11:02.07;
15. Beatrice Decker, UAA, 11:09.34. Pole Vault – 8. Anna
Paradee, WWU, 3.68 – 12-0 ¾. Javelin – 4. Kalli Walker,
SMU, 47.36 – 155-4.
Another outstanding mark was a 24-2 ¼ long jump by
Vladislav Tsygankov of Simon Fraser at the UBC Open.
That performance ranks fourth in GNAC history and fourth
this spring in Division II.
Also recording Division II Top 10 marks on the men’s side
were Cody Warner of Western Oregon in the 200 meters
(21.40), Brian Chalkey of Saint Martin’s in the javelin (2069) and Justin Peterson of Central Washington in the
Alaska Anchorage 10th, 11th in USTFCCCA Rankings
Alaska Anchorage’s women are 10th and its men are 11th in
this week’s USTFCCCA Track and Field computer rankings.
Peterson’s score ranks sixth on TFRRs, while the other two
athletes rank eighth. Peterson also had a PNQ during the
decathlon in the high jump clearing 6-8 ¼.
Only two other GNAC teams are ranked this week.
Western Washington’s men are 20th and Saint Martin’s
women are 22nd.