GNAC 2006 Track & Field Athletes-of-the-Week
Week of Jan. 9-15: Men – Andy Prentice, Saint Martin\'s (Sr., Spokane, WA – Lakeside) recorded a pair of outstanding times to open the 2006 indoor season. On Saturday in the UW Preview meet, he finished eighth in the men\'s mile in a provisional national qualifying time of 4:10.85, the second fastest time in GNAC history. On Sunday, Prentice placed second in the 800 meters in a time of 1:54.60, just 7/10s of a second off the provisional national qualifying mark. Women – Teona Perkins, Seattle Pacific (Jr., Kennewick, WA) ran a provisional national qualifying mark of 2:16.38 in finishing seventh in the UW Preview.
Week of Jan. 16-22: Women – Katie Hummel, Central Washington (So., Yakima, WA – Eisenhower), a transfer from Texas A&M, set a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record in winning the women\'s 3,000 meters at the WSU Open Indoor Track & Field meet at Pullman. She was clocked in a time of 10:16.86, breaking the old GNAC record of 10:17.84 set by CWU\'s Sarah Forrey in 2002.
Week of Jan. 23-29: Men – Chris Randolph, Seattle Pacific (Sr., Lone Tree, CO) broke the school and facility record in winning the men\'s heptathlon at the Washington Indoor Invitational Friday and Saturday. Randolph scored 5,508 points and broke his own SPU school records in the long jump (22-11)), 60 hurdles (8.39) and pole vault (14-11) in the process. His heptathlon mark is the sixth-highest mark by an American this season and qualifies him for the U.S. Championships. His long jump mark was also a provisional national qualifying mark for the NCAA National Indoor meet. Women – Amy Harris, Seattle Pacific (Sr., Philomath, OR) finished second in the pole vault in the University of Washington Open #2 with a NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying mark of 11-5 3/4.
Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5: Men – Cameron Neel, Central Washington (Jr., Woodinville, WA) broke his own GNAC record in the men\'s shot put adding a foot to his provisional national-qualifying mark in finishing second at the McDonald\'s Invitational Saturday at Moscow. Neel had a best-mark of 55-10 1/4, adding 2 3/4 inches to the GNAC record he set last season. He also finished fourth in the discus (159-3) and sixth in the weight throw (51-7). Women – Ashley Puga, Northwest Nazarene (Fr., Boise, ID – Nampa Christian) finished fourth in the women\'s 800 meters, missing the provisional national qualifying standard by just .31 seconds in the United Heritage Indoor Track and Field meet. She was clocked in a school-record time of 2:17.81, the second best mark this winter in the GNAC and sixth best overall in GNAC history. She also anchored the NNU 4x400 relay team that finished sixth in a school-record and GNAC season-best time of 4:05.61.
Week of Feb. 6-12: Men – Cresap Watson, Central Washington (Sr., Woodinville, WA) won the high jump at the UW Open #3 Sunday with a GNAC record leap of 6-9 ¾, bettering the old conference record by 2 ½ inches. He also ran a GNAC season-best time of 49.70 in the 400 meters at the Husky Invitational Saturday and posted a time of 22.97 in the 200 meters, .03 seconds off his GNAC-leading time. Women – Amy Harris, Seattle Pacific (Sr., Philomath, OR) finished second in the pole vault in the University of Washington Open #3 with a vault of 12-1 ¼, adding 7 ½ inches to her provisional national qualifying and GNAC-leading best mark. It was also the second best vault in GNAC history.