David Ribich’s time of 3:58.88 in the mile at Saturday’s UW Invitational is the fourth fastest mile in Division II history and is among the top-five times in the U.S. this season.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The breaking of one of the most hallowed barriers in all of sport by Western Oregon’s David Ribich put the senior on top of this week’s GNAC Athlete of the Week selections.
Ribich was selected as the conference’s Men’s Track Athlete of the Week after he ran a sub-four minute mile at the UW Invitational. Competing in the elite heat of the event at the UW Invitational on Saturday, Ribich finished third with a time of 3:58.88. He became the 501st athlete in U.S. history to run under four minutes and is the fourth fastest time in the event in Division II history. The GNAC record performance also automatically qualifies Ribich for the NCAA Championships in March.
In addition to his historic mile, Ribich ran the anchor leg on the Wolves’ distance medley relay, which won with a time of 9:47.56 that automatically qualified the team for the NCAA Championships.
Western Oregon swept the track awards. Olivia Woods was named the Women’s Track Athlete of the Week as she ran an NCAA Championships provisional qualifying time in the 800 meters at the UW Invitational. Her 11th place time of 2:10.62 was the best by a Division II athlete in the meet, leads the GNAC and is sixth best in Division II this season.
The Field Athlete of the Week honors went to a pair of multi-event specialists. Central Washington’s Kodiak Landisearned the men’s award after he won the heptathlon at the UW Invitational with a score of 5,407 points. The total automatically qualifies Landis for the NCAA Championships, ranks as the fourth-best mark in Division II this season and improved his No. 3 mark on the GNAC All-Time List. Landis won four of the discipline’s seven events: the shot put, pole vault, long jump and the 60 meters.