Three CWU Wildcats Headed to Nationals in TrackPosted: Updated:
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 19) -- A total of three student-athletes, including two throwers, will represent Central Washington University at the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C., next week.
Heading to the national championships this year will be freshman sprinter Anthony Wright (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes HS) and hammer throwers Torrie Self (Jr., Kent, Wash./Kent-Meridian HS) and Tyler Fischer (Sr., Cashmere, Wash.).
Wright has the best qualifying mark of any of the Wildcats' three qualifiers for nationals, having posted the sixth-best time in the nation in the men's 100-meter dash this season. The freshman ran a conference-record 10.43 seconds in the event at last Saturday's Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships. His time is also the fastest in the West Region this year.
Self earned an automatic berth into the national championships with her school- and conference-record hammer throw earlier this season at the WWU Twilight in Bellingham. Self is currently seeded 11th for the national championships with her record mark of 54.67 meters (179 feet, 4 inches), which is also the top throw in the West Region this season.
Fischer will make his third trip in four years to the outdoor national championships, including his second appearance in the hammer at nationals. His best mark of 57.86 meters (189 feet, 10 inches) just made the cut to qualify, and he will be seeded 16th in Charlotte. Fischer participated at the Division II National Outdoor Championships in 2007 (hammer) and 2008 (discus), earning All-American honors with a fifth-place discus finish as a sophomore.
The three Wildcats are among 35 student-athletes from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference to be invited to compete in this year's Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held May 27-29 at the Irwin Belk Track Complex in Charlotte, N.C.