Track & Field Weekly Report

Contact: Bob Guptill (503-305-8756/ Jan. 21, 2015 Three Athletes Ranked No. 1; Butterworth Earns National Award THIS WEEK: Friday - Boise State Bronco Invitational (NNU); WSU Invitational (SMU); Idaho Collegiate (CWU). Saturday – WSU Invitational (SMU); Boise State Bronco Invitational (NNU). Peyton Lewis of Northwest Nazarene ranks second nationally in the pole vault (16-9 ¼ Dec. 13 at Jacksons Open in Nampa) and sixth in the heptathlon (5075 last weekend in the Ed Jacoby Multi at Nampa). PORTLAND, Ore. – Nineteen GNAC athletes are ranked in the Top 10 in 23 events on the current NCAA Division II national performance list on TFRRS (Track and Field Results Reporting System). Kristin Anders of Alaska Anchorage is the lone GNAC woman with two Top 10 national rankings. She won the Ed Jacoby pentathlon with a score of 3,791. That ranks third. Three GNAC athletes, including Lindsey Butterworth of Simon Fraser, have the best marks in Division II. In the process, she high jumped 5-7 3/4, which ranks seventh on TFRRS. She also posted a national qualifying mark of 18-5 ¼ in the long jump. Butterworth claimed the early-season top spot in the women’s mile posting a time of 4:44.80 in placing sixth at the University of Washington Indoor Preview Saturday. In addition to Anders’ long jump and the marks that rank in the Top 10 on TFRRS, Travis Milbrandt of Western Washington in the 60 hurdles (GNAC-record 8.20) and McKenna Emmert (11-9 ¾ in pole vault) and Becki Duhamel of Central Washington (54-2 in the weight throw) also posted provisional national qualifying marks at UW. That performance earned her USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors. Her mile time is also the second best in GNAC history trailing only Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler who ran a 4:32.88 in 2010. Robert Peterson of Montana State Billings and Mikel Smith of Saint Martin’s also are national leaders. NCAA National Top 10 Leaders Men: 60 – 2. Alex Donigian, WWU, 6.72. 200 – 8. Alex Donigian, WWU, 21.67. 400 – 6. Joel Webster, SFU, 48.45. Mile – 1. Robert Peterson, MSUB, 4:07.50; 5. Cameron Proceviat, SFU, 4:10.25; 10. Travis Vugteveen, SFU, 4:12.17. 3000 – 2. Robert Peterson, MSUB, 8:15.52; 4. Marc-Antoine Rouleau, SFU, 8:19.41; 5. Oliver Jorgensen, SFU, 8:22.54. High Jump – 1. Mikel Smith, SMU, 7-0 ½. Pole Vault – 2. Payton Lewis, NNU, 5.11 – 16-9 ¼; 10. Matt DeHan, SMU, 4.80 – 15-9. Long Jump – 8. Brett Watson, WWU, 7.19 – 237 ¼. Heptathlon – 6. Payton Lewis, 5075. Peterson ran a second-place time of 4:16.18 at last Friday’s Montana State Open. That converts (for track size and altitude) to a national-leading 4:07.50 and is also the second best time in GNAC history in back of 4:07.46 by Anthony Tomsich of Western Washington in 2010. Smith high jumped 7-0 ½ at UW, becoming the first athlete in GNAC history to clear seven feet either indoor or outdoor. He broke the GNAC indoor record of 6-10 ¼ set last year by Brett Watson. Women: 800 – 3. Lynelle Decker, SPU, 2:12.83; 5. Haleigh Lloyd, UAA,, 2:15.27; 8. Paige Nock, SFU, 2:15.42. Mile – 1. Lindsey Butterworth, SFU, 4:44.80. 3000 – 4. Jennifer Johnson, SFU, 9:36.18; 6. Katelyn Steen, WWU, 9:47.97; 9. Peggy Noel, SFU, 9:54.42. High Jump – 7. Karolin Anders, UAA, 1.72 – 5-7 ¾. Pentathlon – 3. Karolin Anders, UAA, 3791. Peterson is one of four GNAC athletes with national Top 10 performances in two events. His 3000 meter time of 8:28.68 (converted to 8:15.52) current ranks second on TFRRS. 27 Performances Make GNAC All-Time Top 10s Alex Donigian of Western Washington ranks second nationally in the 60 meters (6.72) and eighth in the 200 (21.67). A total 27 performances from last weekend’s meets earned spots in the GNAC All-Time Top 10s. Both of those times from Saturday’s meet at Seattle are GNAC records. He eclipsed his own previous record in the 60. Four of them were GNAC records - WWU’s Alex Donigian’s performances in the 60 and 200, SMU’s Mikel Smith’s high jump and Travis Milbrandt of Western Washington in the 60 hurdles. In the 200, he broke the old record of 21.77 by Western Oregon’s Mike Hinshaw which had been the oldest surviving GNAC record. 1