Western Washington defends Great Northwest Athletic Conference title
MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Washington had a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 400 meters and that same quartet won the 4x400 relay as the Vikings successfully defended their men's title at the 12th Annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships which ended Saturday at McArthur Stadium on the campus of host Western Oregon.
It was the eighth overall GNAC crown in 2012-13 for the Vikings, who took the men's outdoor track championship for the third time in four years. They finished with 183.5 points to 141 for runner-up Central Washington in the nine-team field.
"These kids just went out and fought so hard," WWU head coach Pee Wee Halsell said. "They battled and came out on top."
The Vikings' Jon Poolman won the 400 with a NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time of 47.82, followed by Devon Smith Jr. (48.20), Nathan Schmidt (49.13) and Jason Nokes (49.42).
Poolman ran the leadoff leg with that same foursome in winning the 4x400 in 3:15.17. Schmidt also placed third in the 200 (22.18).
Also winning events for the WWU men on Saturday were Logan Myers in the 110 hurdles with a provisional, GNAC meet and school-record time of 14.65 and Dak Riek in the 5,000m (14:51.45).
On Friday, the Vikings' Brett Watson took the high jump.
Another WWU athlete improving his provisional mark Saturday was Slater Hirst (So., Shoreline/Kings), who placed fourth in the men's javelin with a toss of 197-4 1/2.