Brown paces WWU in opening meet
Defending national champ finishes fourth at Division I meet
Western Washington Athletics
SEATTLE, Wash. --- Western Washington University’s Ryan Brown was a NCAA Division II provisional national qualifier in the men’s pole vault as the Vikings opened the indoor track and field season Saturday at the University of Washington Preview meet held at the Dempsey Indoor facility on the UW Campus.
“It was a good performance as a whole with a lot of qualifiers (for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships),” said Western coach Pee Wee Halsell, whose women’s squad is ranked 16th and men’s team is 17th nationally. “We have a long ways to go, but we’re close to where we were last year at this time.”
Brown, who was the Division II national champion in both indoor and outdoor competition last year, cleared 16-1 1/4 to tie for fourth place. Washington’s Scott Roth, the defending NCAA I indoor champion, took top honors in the pole vault with a mark of 17-5. Levi Keller was second via misses, also at 17-5, and the Huskies’ Vu Ryan was third at 16-7 1/4.
Western’s Cal Rosenberg placed eighth (15-7 1/2) and teammate Tim Clendaniel was ninth (15-1 1/2).
Other top 10 men placers for Western were Alex Tilley in sixth in the 60 (7.04) and Michael Hoffman who was eighth in the weight throw with school-record toss of 54-3 3/4.
Hoffman also was 11th in the shot put (44-8) where Nelson Westlin was eighth (46-5 1/4), Jacob Gilbert ninth (46-3/4) and Ben Elder 10th (45-7).
The Vikings’ Karsten Shick tied for fourth in the high jump (6-5) and Josh Larson was sixth (6-3 1/4).
Eleanor Siler placed third in the women’s 400 meters in 58.22 seconds and was 12th in the 200 (26.20). She also ran the leadoff leg on a 4x400 relay that finished 10th (4:03.93).
Western’s Amanda Overdick tied for ninth in the high jump (5-2 1/4) and Rachael Johnson was 11th in the mile (5:07.59). Lindsay Wells set a school record in the weight throw, placing 14th with a mark of 44-10 3/4.