Vancouver, Washington - It's hard to believe that the NWAC Track and Field season has come to a close without the exciting conclusion of the NWAC Championships. It has undoubtedly been a difficult year for coaches and athletes alike, but it was great to see them compete in some fashion and represent the NWAC well.
A couple of weeks ago the NWAC Track and Field Sports Committee decided that they would still honor and recognize NWAC All-Americans (even without a championship event) by utilizing the NWAC performance list and naming the top three competitors in each event as NWAC All-Americans.
The Sasquatch women’s team were once again led by Alma Manzo earning All-American recognition in seven events. Manzo was ranked first in four events (200-meter, 400-meter, 4 x 100-meter relay, and 4 x 400-meter relay). She ranked in the top three in three other events (100-meter, long jump, and triple jump).
Tressa Wood the women’s distance team leader earned three All-American awards. Wood ranked first in the 10k, and was second in both the 5k and the 1500-meter.
McKenzie Fletcher the leader for the entire season in the 400-meter hurdles finished ranked first and also picked up an All-American award in the 100-meter hurdles.
Teammate Kaitren Fischer finished the season ranked third in the 400-meter hurdles.
Lainey Johnson finished third in the heptathlon. Johnson teamed up with Fletcher, Jadyn Schulte, and Alma Manzo for the top mark in the 4 x 100-meter relay. Johnson, Fletcher, Manzo, and Fischer formed the top in the 4 x 400-meter relay in the conference.
Overall, six student athletes earned seven number one rankings in over 16 different events.
The Sasquatch men earned a record number of 24 All-American awards.
Leading the way for the men was Harlon Stuits with top three finishes in four events. The conference top ranked hurdler in the 110-meter hurdles, also finished second in the 400-meter hurdles and ran key legs on both the top ranked 4 x 400-meter relay and the conference number two 4 x 100-meter relay. Stuits finished the season with the twelfth fastest time in school history in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.58.
Bradley Fillis was the season long leader ranked first in the shot put, also had the second-best throw in the discus and the third longest throw in the hammer for a total of three awards.
Johan Correa was a dominant force in the middle distances for the sasquatch and a crucial member of the top ranked 4 x 400-meter relay. Johan was the conference leader all season long in the 800-meter and finished ranked first. Teammate Travis Hicks and Correa were a one-two punch in this event, with Hicks finishing ranked second.
The 1500-meter crew of Correa, Isaak Chol, and Anthony Carlasico swept the top three places on the year with each earning All-American honors.
Adding a huge amount of depth for the best distance squad in the conference were the first ranked 10k runner Giovanni Raskell. Gio earned a second award by doubling up in the 5k. Teammate Gideon Swanson picked up his award in the 10k distance as well.
Picking up another top ranking was Anthony Carlascio in the 3k steeplechase, earning his second All-American award.
The top ranked duo of Aster Dotson and Joey Woodland went first and second in the men’s javelin throw.
Pole vaulter TJ Lynch and John Grieshaber tied for the second-best jump in the conference each clearing 14 feet and 10.5 inches.
High Jumpers Jabriel Davis and Jaxon Nichols tied with each other as well with season best jumps of 6 feet and 4.50 inches.
The men’s 4 x 400-meter relay finished ranked first made up of Jon Watkins, Demitrius Alford, Harlon Stuits, and Johan Correa. Watkins also earn an additional award in the 400-meter ranking third in the conference.
The 4 x 100-meter relay of Watkins, Alford, Stuits, and Jake Schnatter finished the season ranked second. Schnatter earned his additional award in the men’s 200-meter ending the season ranked third.
Overall, 18 student athletes earned 24 awards, and eight had first rankings over 17 events.
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