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Renick Rolls, Vikings Surge In First Day Of GNAC Track
Renick Meyer tied the meet record to win the lomg jump and ran the top qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles. Photo by Gary Breedlove.
Renick Meyer tied the meet record to win the lomg jump and ran the top qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles. Photo by Gary Breedlove.

Friday, May 14, 2021

MONMOUTH, Ore. – It’s the last conference meet for Renick Meyer and she is making the most of it.

The Seattle Pacific senior added the women’s long jump championship to her heptathlon title from last week and emerged as the top qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles in day one of the 2021 GNAC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at McArthur Field.

Meyer, the GNAC record holder in the event, missing the meet record by one centimeter with a leap of 19 feet, 7.5 inches. Later in the day, Meyer emerged as the top qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles with a lifetime best of 14.01 seconds that moves her into No. 4 on the GNAC All-Time List and is an NCAA Championships provisional qualifying mark.

Additionally, Meyer was a time qualifier for Saturday’s final in the 100 meters, placing fourth in a time of 12.05 seconds. The Falcons swept the top-four qualifying spots in the event, led by sophomore Jenna Bouyer’s top qualifying time of 11.92 seconds. Bouyer was the leading qualifier in both of the sprints, turning in a time of 21.62 seconds in the 200 meters.

Western Washington is the team leader after the opening day with 78 points. Sophomore Aliyah Dawkins led a one-two finish in the high jump, leaping a lifetime best of 5 feet, 8 inches that ranks No. 8 on the GNAC All-Time List. Freshman Jessica Neal was second and posted an NCAA Championships provisional qualifying mark at 5 feet, 7 inches. Dawkins also placed second in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 3.75 inches, which is also a national meet provisional qualifying mark.

Senior Talia Dreicer won the steeplechase with a time of 11:04.04 as the Vikings picked up 16 points in the event.

Central Washington is second place with 52 points. Western Oregon is third with 45 points and Seattle Pacific sits in fourth with 39 points.

Northwest Nazarene senior Bethany Danner and Western Oregon sophomore Caitlin Heldt ended the night with an exciting duel in the 10,000 meters. After pacing each other for much of the race, Danner surged over the final lap to give NNU its first-ever champion in the event with a time of 37:09.29.

In Friday’s throwing event finals, Western Oregon senior Moana Gianotti won the shot put with a lifetime best mark of 45 feet, 0.5 inches. Central Washington junior Avery Fisk captured the discus with a mark of 141 feet, 10 inches.

Alaska Anchorage junior Tylantiss Atlas was the top qualifier in the 400 meters, eclipsing the field by over a second with her season-best time of 56.59 seconds. Central Washington sophomore McCall DeChenne is the top qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.93.

The GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships concludes on Saturday. Field events begin at 12:20 p.m. with the triple jump. Running events begin at 2:25 p.m. with the 4x1000-meter relay.

To protect the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff, spectators are not allowed at this year’s GNAC Championships. Live results are available at GNAC.live.

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