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WWU's Casto & Anunagba Honored by GNAC

April 16, 2019 

ETHAN CASTO NAMED GNAC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK

 

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Following his record-breaking performance as the medalist at last week’s Mustang Intercollegiate, Western Washington University junior Ethan Casto has been selected as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week.

Casto (Snohomish, WA) recorded a two-stroke victory at the tournament held April 8-9 at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona, shooting a 15-under-par 201 (65-67-69). His tournament total is the lowest by a GNAC player during the spring portion of the season and was one short of the all-time record of 200 shot by the Vikings’ Jake Koppenberg in 2007. His first-round score of 7-under-par 65 was just the ninth round of 65 or less shot by a GNAC golfer in the spring season, and just one stroke off his career-low 64 during his sophomore season at the same tournament and course.  

 

The No. 6 nationally-ranked Vikings finished 2nd in the 23-team tournament with a three-round total of 22-under-par 842, one of the best tournament performances in program history.

 

WWU will be the team to beat at the upcoming GNAC Championships that will be played April 22-23 at Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Casto is the defending individual champion and WWU has won 8 of the 11 team championships in the history of the event. The 2018-19 Vikings feature the top scoring averages in the conference, including freshman Jordan Lee who leads the GNAC at 72.27 (+0.38 to par).

 

A WWU student-athletes has now been selected as the GNAC Men’s Golfer of the Week in seven out of 12 possible weeks in 2018-19.

 

GNAC Golfers of the Week - 2018-19

Sept. 10-16

Jaxson Daskalos, Concordia

Sept. 17-23

Cody Roth, WWU

Sept. 24-30

Cody Roth, WWU

Oct. 8-14

Jordan Lee, WWU

Oct. 15-21

Issac Lee, Simon Fraser

Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Nick Sparling, WWU

Feb. 25-March 3

Jordan Lee, WWU

March 4-10

Jake Wiley, Concordia

March 11-17

Nick Sparling, WWU

Tyler Fitchett. Saint Martin's

March 18-24

Sy Lovan, Simon Fraser

April 1-7

Aidan Goodfellow, Simon Fraser

April 8-14

Ethan Casto, WWU

                                                                      

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KARLINGTON ANUNAGBA REPEATS AS GNAC TRACK

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University freshman sprinter Karlington Anunagba is a repeat selection as the as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week.

 

 

Anunagba (AN-nu-nag-bah), a freshman from Lagos, Nigeria, ran the second-fastest time in WWU and GNAC history at 10.33 while winning the 100m at the Jay Hammer Invitational on Saturday at the SMU Track & Field Complex in Lacey, Washington. 

 

Racing in rainy conditions, Anunagba clocked his time with a tailwind of +2.9, under the threshold of 4.0 allowed for qualifying standards set by the NCAA. The 17-year-old freshman is currently ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II this season and holds a provisional qualifying mark.

 

The 10.33 trails only the record 10.22 set by former Viking All-American Alex Donigian at the Mt. Sac Relays in 2015.

 

Anunagba also earned GNAC Athlete of the Week honors for April 1-7 after making his collegiate debut with a 10.77 while winning the 100m at the WWU Team Invitational at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.

 

Anunagba is the ninth selection for a WWU student-athlete as a GNAC Track & Field Athlete of the Week so far during the outdoor season.

 

WWU GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (2019):

  • Karlington Anunagba (Sprints) – April 1-7 & April 8-14

  • J.T. Konrad (Pole Vault) – March 25-31

  • Dylan Hayes (3,000m Steeplechase) – March 11-17

  • Savannah Smith (400m) – March 11-17

  • Maddie Taylor (High Jump) – March 11-17

  • Cordell Cummings (Hurdles) – March 4-10

  • Molly House (Hurdles) – March 4-10

  • Raquel Pellecer (Javelin) – Feb. 25-March 3

 

Senior Savannah Smith (200m), junior Lexi Perry (Pole Vault) and sophomore Ben Malquist (Shot Put) were also nominated for this week’s GNAC Track & Field weekly awards.

 

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE VIKS

The Vikings will be in action this week at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California (Wednesday-Friday) and the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, California (Friday-Saturday).

 

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