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Wildcat Selected as GNAC Co-Freshman of the Year

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Anthony Wright won three event titles at the 2010 GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships (Photo: KNDU / SWX) Anthony Wright won three event titles at the 2010 GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships (Photo: KNDU / SWX)
SPOKANE, Wash. (June 3) -- Central Washington University freshman Anthony Wright (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes HS) has been voted as the 2010 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Male Co-Freshman of the Year for the outdoor track and field season, announced Thursday by the conference office.

Wright won three event titles at the 2010 GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Monmouth, Ore., three weeks ago, and set three meet and two conference records in the process. His time of 10.43 seconds in the men's 100-meter dash at the GNAC Championships was the sixth fastest in the NCAA Division II this spring, enabling the rookie sprinter to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships in his first year with the Wildcats. Wright finished 10th in the 100 at nationals with a time of 10.57 seconds.

In addition to his conference record-setting time in the 100 meters, Wright also set a championship meet record in the 200-meter dash (21.36 seconds) and was on Central Washington's 4x100-meter relay team that set meet and conference records in a time of 41.10.

Wright was a three-time GNAC Male Athlete of the Week this season and became the second freshman in the past four years to represent Central Washington University at the NCAA Division II National Championships. He became the fifth CWU student-athlete in the nine-year history of the GNAC to earn one of the conference's specialty awards (Athlete of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Freshman of the Year) for the outdoor track and field season.

Other specialty awards announced by the conference on Thursday included Ryan Brown of Western Washington and Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific as the Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively, while Anthony Zackery of Western Washington and Crystal Sims, also of Western Washington and Seattle Pacific, respectively, were the Newcomers of the Year. Wright shared Male Freshman of the Year honors with Micah Chelimo of Alaska Anchorage, while Carolanne Powers of Western Oregon was the Female Freshman of the Year.

Earning Coach of the Year honors from the conference were Western Washington's Pee Wee Halsell (men) and Seattle Pacific's Karl Lerum (women).
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