Feb. 15, 2009


Courtesy of Western Washington

BELLINGHAM, Wash. --- A contingent of 10 Western Washington University athletes broke six school records and had six NCAA Division II national provisional qualifying efforts Saturday at the University of Washington Indoor Track and Field Husky Classic at Dempsey Indoor.

Perhaps the Vikings’ best performance of the day came in the men’s 5,000 meters where Jordan Welling (So., Burlington/Burlington-Edison) destroyed his own school record set a year ago by over 21 seconds, placing third in his heat with a provisional qualifying time of 14:21.30.  Teammate Bennett Grimes (Jr., Pocatello, ID/Century) was eighth in another 5,000 heat, his time of 14:40.84 also bettering the provisional standard of 14:49.00.

Western’s Sarah Porter (So., Hockinson) broke her school standard of a year ago in the women’s 5,000, placing sixth in her heat with a provisional qualifying effort of 17:22.14.

Freshman Ellie Siler (Fr., Spokane/Lewis & Clark) broke a WWU record that had stood for three years in the women’s 400, winning her heat and bettering the provisional standard with a 56.77 clocking.
She also ran the anchor leg on a 4x400 relay that broke a school record set less than a month ago, placing second in its heat with a provisional qualifying time of 3:54.16.  Running the first three legs were Heidi Dimmitt (Sr., Wenatchee), Megan O’Connell (So., Sammamish/Skyline) and Sarah Brownell (So., Yelm).
Siler has set four school records this year, the others being in the 200 and distance medley relay.

The Vikings’ Rachael Johnson (So., Yakima/West Valley) bested her own school record in the women’s 800 established earlier this year as she finished second in her heat with a provisional qualifying time of 2:16.19.

Western’s Augustine Agyei (Jr., Aurora, CO/Smoky Hill) bettered his school record in the men’s 60 for the third time this season, winning his heat with a 6.96 clocking.
The Vikings’ Anthony Tomsich (Jr., Fairbanks, AK/West Valley), coming back from an Achilles tendon injury that had sidelined him for 16 months, posted the best mile time this year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, placing sixth in his heat with a time of 4:15.63.

On Sunday, Western is sending 75 athletes to compete in the UW Open meet.  

It will be the last chance for the Vikings to meet qualifying standards for the GNAC Indoor Championships on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Nampa, Id. (host Northwest Nazarene).