Track & Field Weekly Report

Contact: Bob Guptill (503-305-8756/ Jan. 15, 2015 Indoor Season Gets Underway For Five Teams Saturday at UW THIS WEEK: Friday - Montana State Open (MSUB); Boise State Ed Jacoby Invitational (NNU). Saturday – University of Washington Preview (UAA, CWU, SMU, SPU, SFU, WOU, WWU); BSU Ed Jacoby Invitational (NNU). Following is a complete list of GNAC Top 10 and national qualifying marks so far this season: GNAC All-Time Top 10 2014-15 Performances PORTLAND, Ore. – While four Great Northwest Athletic Conference teams have already seen action this winter, the real start to the 2015 Indoor Track and Field season is this weekend. Men: 3000 – 2. *Robert Peterson, MSUB, 8:15.2 (Jan. 10). 60 Hurdles – 10. David Durden, SMU, 8.35 (Dec. 13). High Jump – 3. *Mikel Smith, SMU, 2.06 – 6-9 (Dec. 13). Pole Vault – 2. **Payton Lewis, NNU, 5.11 – 16-9 1/4 (Dec. 13). Triple Jump – 7. *Luke Plummer, CWU, 14.41 – 47-3 ½. *NCAA PNQ **NCAA Automatic Qualifier All nine GNAC track-and-field teams will compete in meets at Seattle, Nampa and Bozeman, Mont. Women: 60 Hurdles – 9. Chelsey Knott, NNU, 8.93 (Dec. 13). Note: Becki Duhamel of Central Washington had a PNQ Dec. 13 at Nampa in the women’s weight throw with a mark of 53-7 ½. Her career best is 54-2 ½ in 2013. Making their season debuts, all at the Dempsey Indoor on the campus of the University of Washington, are Alaska Anchorage, Seattle Pacific, Simon Fraser, Western Oregon and Western Washington. Vikings, Seawolves Defending GNAC Champions Joining that fivesome are Central Washington and Saint Martin’s which made their season debuts Dec. 13 at Nampa. Western Washington and Alaska Anchorage will be seeking their third consecutive GNAC Indoor men’s and women’s team titles this February when the conference championship meet returns to Nampa for the 12th year in a row Feb. 20-21 at the Ford Idaho Center. Northwest Nazarene will remain in Nampa for Boise State’s Ed Jacoby Invitational, while Montana State Billings will travel to Bozeman for the Montana State Open. The Vikings outpointed the UAA men 157-134 last year to earn their fourth team title in the 11-year history of the meet (2005-06, 2013-14). It’s the third meet of the young season for the Yellowjackets, who completed at Spearfish, S.D., Dec. 5-6 and Jan. 10. In prior meets, GNAC athletes posted six marks that rank on the GNAC All-Time Top 10 list including two No. 2s. Three defending champions return this winter for WWU including Outstanding Performer Award winner Alex Donigian who swept the 60 (GNAC-record 6.75) and 200 (meet record 31.79). MSUB’s Robert Peterson ran the 3,000-meters in a schoolrecord time of 8:28.68 last Saturday at Spearfish, finishing second. Also back for the Vikings are Brett Watson and Kevin Yates, who won the high jump (6-8 ¾) and long jump (2210 ½), respectively. Converting for altitude and track size, his time equates to 8:15.52. Only 2014 NCAA national champion Micah Chelimo of Alaska Anchorage has run quicker (8:09.83). Central Washington, which finished fourth, returns two defending champions - triple jumper Luke Plummer (46-3 ¼) and weight thrower Kevin Stanley (58-1 ¼). Payton Lewis of Northwest Nazarene also had a No. 2 GNAC all-time Top 10 mark, pole vaulting 16-9 ¼ at Jacksons Open Dec. 13 at Nampa. Also back to defend their 2014 titles are Josh Hanna of Western Oregon in the 800 (1:54.14), Robert Peterson of MSU Billings in the mile (meet-record 4:11.05), and UAA’s Cody Thomas in the heptathlon (meet-record 4094). Lewis’ mark automatically qualifies him for the NCAA national meet in March, while Peterson’s time is a PNQ for the national championships March 13-14 at Birmingham, Ala. Donigian (60, 200), Yates (long jump) and Thomas (heptathlon) are all two-time champions. Alaska Anchorage outpointed Seattle Pacific 154-125 to win its second straight women’s team title a year ago. In all GNAC athletes have secured five qualifying marks (4 provisional, 1 automatic) so far this season. 1