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WWU's Dylan Hayes (3,000m Steeplechase) and Sophia Galvez (10,000m) both set PR’s in their Thursday races. PHOTO: WWU Athletics

Pair of Viking Distance Runners Record NCAA II Provisional Marks

March 29, 2019 

HAYWARD, Calif. – A pair of Western Washington University distance runners recorded NCAA Division II Championships provisional marks and set personal records in their races on Thursday during the first day of the Mike Fanelli Track Classic on the Chabot College track.


Junior Sophia Galvez finished 24th in the 10,000m race, clocking a PR and the 3rd-best time in WWU outdoor track history in 36:28.86. Galvez was well below the provisional qualifying mark of 36:35.97 and will likely be a top 10 time in NCAA II following today’s results. Galvez smashed her previous PR of 37:11.23 set at last year’s GNAC Outdoor Championships where she placed 2ndto earn all-conference honors.


Senior Dylan Hayes finished 22nd in the 3,000m steeplechase, recording the 5th-best mark in WWU history at 9:10.99. He also notched an NCAA II provisional mark going below the 9:15.02 standard. He broke his previous career best in the event of 9:17.33 set at the 2017 GNAC Outdoor Championships while placing 5th. Hayes entered the meet with a season-best mark of 9:25.57 set at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open, ranking 10th at the NCAA II level.


Senior Tracy Melville (52nd in 10,000m, 39:01.05) and junior Peyton Shinnick (40th in the 3,000m Steeplechase, 11:37.38) also competed in the Mike Fanelli Track Classic on Thursday.


The following Vikings are scheduled to compete in the final two days of the Mike Fanelli Track Classic:


»       Aundrea Koger – 1,500m (Friday), 800m (Saturday)

»       Jane Barr – 1,500m (Friday)

»       Jackson McIlroy – 5,000m (Friday)

»       James Jasperson – 1,500m (Friday), 800m (Saturday)

»       Kyler Sager – 1,500m (Friday), 800m (Saturday)

»       Ben Crowell – 1,500m (Friday), 800m (Saturday)


The majority of the WWU Track & Field team will complete in the 2019 UBC Open on Saturday and Sunday at the Rashpal Dhillon Track and Field Oval on the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, BC.


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