Track & Field
Most of the track & field team attended the Jay Hammer Invitational in Lacey, Washington, April 13. Karlington Anunagba won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10 minutues 33 seconds where he recorded the second fastest time in Western’s history, behind only a time of 10 minutes 22 seconds. His time was also recorded as the third-fastest in the NCAA II this season. Lexi Perry recorded the top spot in the pole vault, clearing 3.64m/11-11.25, which places her in a sixth-place spot in Western’s outdoor records. Natalie Vetto secured a first-place spot in the women’s javelin throw with a throw of 41.39 meters. The Vikings also sent three throwers, Chanelle Eddy, Avery Lux and Ben Malquist, to the CWU Invitational in Ellensburg Washington on April 13. Eddy placed first in the discus, fifth in the shot put and tenth in the hammer throw. Lux placed ninth in the shot put and fifth in both the discus and hammer throw. Malquist placed second in the shot put and fourth in the discus. Malquist set a personal record for shot put with a throw of 15.56m/51-0.75, which puts him in ninth place in Western’s outdoor record.
The Vikings participated in the Mustang Intercollegiate in Goodyear Arizona, on April 8-9. After the first two rounds, Western’s Ethan Casto held the individual leader spot while the team tied for third place. Casto recorded 16 birdies, which ties him for the most in the competition. After the final round, the Vikings managed a second-place team effort while Casto held on to the lead in the individual section, becoming the champion of this competition. The Vikings were only two strokes behind the winning team, Colorado School of Mines. First-year Jordan Lee tied for 25th place in the tournament and fourth-year Michael Butler moved into a tie in 42nd place. The Vikings were 22-under-par for the tournament, which makes this the second-best 54-hole outing in Western’s history.
The Vikings played against the Central Washington University Wildcats on April 7 in Ellensburg, Washington. They played a doubleheader and lost both games with 2-6 in game one and 3-6 in game two. The Vikings went on to play Simon Fraser University on April 9 in another doubleheader, this time in Bellingham. The Vikings won their first game 2-1 but lost game the second 1-2, keeping Western in the second-place slot in the GNAC, behind only the Wildcats. These games marked history as fourth-year Emily Benson broke Western’s all-time hit record with 199 career hits. She managed another hit in the sixth inning, placing her record at 200 as of April 9. Pitcher Makinlee Sellevold secured a win in the first game, improving her career wins to 59.