GNAC Athletes Finding Their Stride, Indoor Season Continues
Western Oregon's Mark Warren leads the GNAC in the weight throw this season with a PR mark of 57' 4.75
Western Oregon's Mark Warren leads the GNAC in the weight throw this season with a PR mark of 57' 4.75" set on Jan. 13.

Thursday, February 1, 2024
by Evan O'Kelly, Assistant Commissioner For Communications

PORTLAND, Ore. – After a busy week that yielded numerous provisional qualifying marks including a No. 1 time in Division II, three of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference track and field teams return to the track this weekend.

Central Washington and Western Oregon will begin competition on Friday at the Riverfront Invitational in Spokane, Wash., while Northwest Nazarene will compete at a pair of meets at Eastern Oregon and Utah State on Saturday. The Wolves will close the weekend by sending athletes to both the George Fox Indoor meet in Newberg, Ore., and the Portland Indoor meet in Portland on Sunday.

GNAC Indoor Track & Field Schedule - Feb. 2-4
Date Meet Location Start Time GNAC Teams Competing
2/2-3 Riverfront Invitational Spokane, Wash. 11 a.m./10 a.m. CWU, WOU
2/3 Lew Thorne Invitational La Grande, Ore. 10 a.m. NNU
2/3 Aggie Speed & Power Logan, Utah 9:30 a.m. NNU
2/4 George Fox Indoor Newberg, Ore. 10 a.m. WOU
2/4 Portland Indoor #2 Portland, Ore. Noon WOU

2024 GNAC Indoor Track & Field Championships

The 2024 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held Feb. 19-20, 2024 at The Podium in Spokane, Wash. All nine conference programs will compete at the event. Tickets for the event are available for purchase online here.


This Week's Athletes To Watch

Mark Warren – Western Oregon (Weight Throw)

The GNAC leader in the weight throw entering the weekend, Warren has put together a good start to his junior season including a PR of 57’ 4.75” (17.49m) at the UW Indoor Preview on Jan. 13. He followed that with his top shot put of the season last week, clearing 46’ 3.5” (14.11m) at the UW Invitational. Warren’s progression up the GNAC throwing ranks has been steady since his debut in 2021-22, when he finished sixth in the weight throw and 10th in the shot put at the 2022 GNAC Indoor Championships. The Warrenton, Ore., native turned that into a pair of all-conference performances last winter, as he finished as the runner-up in the shot put and third in the weight throw at the 2023 GNAC Indoor Championships. A four-time all-conference performer in his career, Warren is on his way to contending for a title at the GNAC Indoor Championships in three weeks.

Read More: 3 Events, 3 Locations For Wolves Track & Field This Week (WOU Preview)

Omar Young – Central Washington (Weight Throw)

Another longtime GNAC veteran in the throws department, the Central Washington fifth-year is set to make his 2023-24 debut this weekend at the site of the upcoming conference meet. Young hasn’t competed in a college meet since he earned all-conference in the discus at the 2022 GNAC Outdoor Championships, when he finished third with a toss of 148’ 10” (45.36m). A two-time all-conference performer in his career, Young will eye his weight throw PR of 53’ 8.5” (16.37m) as he toes the line on Friday.


Dominique Loggins – Western Oregon (60 Meters)

The reigning GNAC champion in the 60 meters, Loggins is poised to make his 2023-24 debut in the event for the Wolves this weekend. The senior from Tualatin, Ore., owns the sixth-fastest time in GNAC history at 6.86 seconds, which he clocked to win the 2020 GNAC title in the event. Also owning a pair of GNAC outdoor titles in the 100 meters (2021 and 2022), Loggins is among the conference’s elite sprinters of the last four years. Doubling as a running back on the Wolves’ football team, Loggins had three 100-yard performances last fall including a season-best 209 yards against Eastern New Mexico on Sept. 16.

Alejandra Gomez – Northwest Nazarene (Sprints)

Gomez was busy last week at the Inland Northwest Invitational, running personal bests of 25.99 seconds in the 200 meters and 9.58 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. The junior from Mexico is gearing up for her third GNAC Indoor Championship, after helping the Nighthawks’ distance medley relay team get onto the podium last year with a third-place finish.

Read More: NNU Track & Field Takes On Inland Northwest Invitational (NNU Recap)


Liliana Lyness-Morales – Western Oregon (Weight Throw)

Results suggest that the best is yet to come from the fourth-year senior on the WOU throws unit, who posted a career-best toss of 50’ 1.25” (15.27m) in the weight throw on Jan. 13 in Seattle. That slotted her name fourth on the GNAC performance list, as Lyness-Morales prepares for her third GNAC Indoor Championships later this month. Her PR performance led her to a fourth-place finish among a field of 15 competitors in the event, and only three Division I throwers finished ahead of her.

Emy Ntekpere – Central Washington (Jumps/Sprints)

Already a two-time GNAC Athlete of the Week selection, Ntekpere continued her jumping success on Jan. 19 at the Lauren McCluskey Memorial in Idaho. She cleared a distance of 38’ 8.25” (11.79m) for the top GNAC triple jump of the season and a provisional qualifying mark. The freshman is also the lone GNAC women’s athlete with a provisional mark in the high jump, which she hit at the Spokane Invitational on Dec. 9 (5’ 8.5”, 1.74m).

Read More: CWU Track Sweeps GNAC Athlete Of The Week Honors (CWU Release)


Last Week's Highlights

PROVISIONAL MARKS HIT FROM COAST TO COAST: Simon Fraser’s Marie-Eloise Leclair notched the most impressive of 16 total provisional marks achieved by GNAC athletes last week, as she ran Division II’s fastest 200-meters time this season of 23.87 seconds at the John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston. The reigning All-American also has a provisional qualifying mark in the 60 meters under her belt, as she and Central Washington’s E’lexis Hollis have each run the nation’s third-best time of 7.38 seconds this season.

Leclair wasn’t the only Red Leaf to celebrate last week, as teammate Kerlinda Chatwin put a stamp on her stellar freshman campaign with a provisional mark in the triple jump. Chatwin’s leap of 38’ 3.25” (11.66m) was second furthest in the GNAC this season behind CWU’s Emy Ntekpere (38’ 8.25”, 11.79m), as the former climbed to No. 42 in Division II.

The Alaska Anchorage women had a successful weekend in the Emerald City, with Jess Chisar notching a provisional mark in the 800 meters at 2:13.77 and 2023 GNAC Cross Country Newcomer of the Year Nell Baker hitting a provisional mark in the 5,000 meters at 17:16.40. Both Seawolves were accompanied by Vikings in their respective races last week, as WWU’s Emmy Kroontje clocked a provisional time of 2:12.70 in the 800 meters and 2023 cross country All-American Ashley Reeck of WWU ran 17:06.33 in the 5,000 meters. Heading up the event for the GNAC was Seattle Pacific’s Annika Esvelt, who also collected a provisional mark with a time of 16:59.72. Milers Cassidy Walchak-Sloan of Saint Martin’s (4:52.83) and Sophie Wright of WWU (4:52.96) gave the conference’s distance unit two more provisional marks last week as well.

The women’s success was equally felt on the men’s side, with Western Washington’s Kevin McDermott continuing the torrid pace he has set forth this season with two more GNAC top-10 marks. The 2023 GNAC cross country champion ran the fourth-fastest mile time in GNAC history (4:02.13) and the third-fastest 5,000 meters time (13:50.77), ranking him 10th and fourth, respectively on the Division II performance list. Western Oregon’s Keeton Sanchez also hit a provisional time in the mile at 4:07.61, while SFU’s Ephrem Mekonnen ran 8:16.78 in the 3,000 meters to get his name onto the national performance list. WWU’s Hunter Flick, who owns the GNAC record in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.07 seconds (set in 2022), was just 0.09 seconds off of that as his time of 8.16 last week in Seattle stood as a provisional qualifier.

GNAC Track In The Weekly Coaches Poll Rankings

The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association releases national and regional rankings throughout the 2024 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

The Simon Fraser women leapt to the conference’s top spot in the national rankings, climbing to No. 13 in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Central Washington's women maintained its spot in the top-25, dropping two spots this week to No. 17. Western Washington was the top GNAC team regionally, with the men holding the No. 1 spot for the second straight week and the women checking in at No. 2. On the men’s side the GNAC had four of the top-five teams in the region, including No. 3 Western Oregon, No. 4 Simon Fraser and No. 5 Central Washington.

USTFCCCA National Rankings - Men's Indoor Track & Field
Poll Team 1 Team 2
Week 1 – 1/23 None --
Week 2 – 1/30 None --


USTFCCCA National Rankings - Women's Indoor Track & Field
Poll Team 1 Team 2
Week 1 – 1/23 15. CWU  --
Week 2 – 1/30 13. SFU 17. CWU


USTFCCCA West Region Rankings - Men's Indoor Track & Field
Poll Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5 Team 6 Team 7 Team 8 Team 9
Week 1 – 1/22 1. WWU 3. WOU 4. CWU 5. SFU 7. SPU 8. MSUB 9. NNU 11. UAA 12. SMU
Week 2 – 1/29 1. WWU 3. WOU 4. SFU 5. CWU 7. NNU 8. MSUB 12. UAA 13. SPU 14. SMU


USTFCCCA West Region Rankings - Women's Indoor Track & Field
Poll Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5 Team 6 Team 7 Team 8 Team 9
Week 1 – 1/22 3. CWU 4. WWU 5. WOU 6. SFU 12. SPU 13. MSUB 14. NNU 15. UAA 16. SMU
Week 2 – 1/29 2. WWU 5. CWU 6. SFU 8. WOU 10. SPU 12. NNU 14. UAA 16. SMU 17. MSUB


USTFCCCA Event Squad Rankings – Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Week 2 Event Squad Rankings (Jan. 29)


USTFCCCA Event Squad Rankings – Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Week 2 Event Squad Rankings (Jan. 29)

2024 Provisional National Qualifying Marks - Women
Event Athlete School Mark Date Meet
60 Meters E'lexis Hollis CWU 7.38 12/9/23 Spokane Invitational
60 Meters Marie-Eloise Leclair SFU 7.38 1/13/24 UW Indoor Preview
200 Meters Marie-Eloise Leclair SFU 23.87 1/26/24 Terrier Classic
800 Meters Emmy Kroontje WWU 2:12.70 1/26/24 UW Invitational
800 Meters Jess Chisar UAA 2:13.77 1/26/24 UW Invitational
Mile Cassidy Walchak-Sloan SMU 4:52.83 1/26/24 UW Invitational
Mile Sophie Wright WWU 4:52.96 1/26/24 UW Invitational
3,000 Meters Annika Esvelt SPU 9:41.62 1/13/24 UW Indoor Preview
3,000 Meters Ila Davis WWU 9:45.70 1/13/24 UW Indoor Preview
5,000 Meters Annika Esvelt SPU 16:59.72 1/26/24 UW Invitational
5,000 Meters Ashley Reeck WWU 17:06.33 1/26/24 UW Invitational
5,000 Meters Nell Baker UAA 17:16.40 1/26/24 UW Invitational
60 Meter Hurdles Lauryn Chandler CWU 8.75 12/9/23 Spokane Invitational
Distance Medley Simon Fraser SFU 11:51.23 1/26/24 Terrier Classic
High Jump Emy Ntekpere CWU 1.74m 12/9/23 Spokane Invitational
Pole Vault Lauryn McGough CWU 4.05m 1/12/24 Spokane Indoor Challenge
Triple Jump Emy Ntekpere CWU 11.79m 1/19/24 Lauren McCluskey Memorial
Triple Jump Kerlinda Chatwin SFU 11.66m 1/26/24 Terrier Classic
Shot Put Destany Herbert NNU 14.14m 12/9/23 Spokane Invitational
Shot Put Katie Potts WWU 13.82m 1/13/24 UW Indoor Preview


2024 Provisional National Qualifying Marks - Men
Event Athlete School Mark Date Meet
Mile Kevin McDermott WWU 4:02.13 1/26/24 UW Invitational
Mile Keeton Sanchez WOU 4:07.61 1/26/24 UW Invitational
3,000 Meters Kevin McDermott WWU 8:10.96 1/13/24 UW Indoor Preview
3,000 Meters Ephrem Mekonnen SFU 8:16.78 1/26/24 Terrier Classic
5,000 Meters Kevin McDermott WWU 13:59.77 1/26/24 UW Invitational
60 Meter Hurdles Hunter Flick WWU 8.16 1/26/24 UW Invitational
Distance Medley Simon Fraser SFU 9:50.45 1/26/24 Terrier Classic
Pole Vault Drew Klein CWU 15' 9.25" 1/19/24 Lauren McCluskey Memorial
Heptathlon Drew Klein CWU 5,198 1/13/24 Lauren McCluskey Memorial

2023-24 Meet-By-Meet Results
Date Meet Location GNAC Participants Final Results
12/7/23 Bobcat Preview Bozeman, MT MSUB Results
12/9/23 Spokane Invitational Spokane, WA CWU, NNU, SPU, WOU Results
1/12-13/24 Spokane Indoor Challenge Spokane, WA CWU Results
1/13/24 UW Preview Seattle, WA UAA, SMU, SPU, SFU, WOU, WWU Results
1/13/24 Myrle Hanson Open Spearfish, SD MSUB Results
1/19-20/24 Lauren McCluskey Memorial Moscow, ID CWU, WOU Results
1/21/24 Portland Indoor #1 Portland, OR WOU Results
1/26/24 John Thomas Terrier Classic Boston, MA SFU Results
1/26/24 Stacy Dragila Invitational Pocatello, ID MSUB Results
1/26-27/24 UW Invitational Seattle, WA UAA, CWU, SMU, SPU, WOU, WWU Results
1/27/24 Inland Northwest Invitational Spokane, WA NNU Results


2023-24 GNAC Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Date Women's Athlete of the Week Men's Athlete of the Week
Dec. 11 E'lexis Hollis, Central Washington (Track) Brody Kemble, Northwest Nazarene (Track)
  Emy Ntekpere, Central Washington (Field) Justin Conklin, Western Oregon (Field
Jan. 15 Marie-Eloise Leclair, Simon Fraser (Track) Kevin McDermott, Western Washington (Track)
  Lauryn McGough, Central Washington (Field) Drew Klein, Central Washington (Field)
Jan. 22 E'lexis Hollis, Central Washington (Track) Johan Correa, Central Washington (Track)
  Emy Ntekpere, Central Washington (Field) Drew Klein, Central Washington (Field)
Jan. 29 Marie-Eloise Leclair, Simon Fraser (Track) Kevin McDermott, Western Washington (Track)
  Katie Potts, Western Washington (Field) Ryan Greenwalt, Western Washington (Field)


2024 GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships

The 2024 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held May 10-11 at the Recreation Sports Complex on the campus of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. The event will be preceded by the GNAC Combined Event Championships, which will take place April 29-30 at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. All nine GNAC track and field programs are eligible to compete in both the combined event championship and the outdoor championship.