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SPU WOMEN'S TRACK: Decker named GNAC Athlete of Week for third time in 2016

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The 4x400 relay was one of Lynelle Decker's big races at the Stanford Invite. The 4x400 relay was one of Lynelle Decker's big races at the Stanford Invite.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Good things seem to come in threes for Lynelle Decker.
 
Last month, it was three All-American awards at the NCAA indoor track meet.
 
Last weekend, it was three national top-10 performances at the Stanford Invitational.

And on Monday, Decker was named recipient of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's women's track Athlete of the Week award for the third time this year.

The Seattle Pacific senior posted the fastest 800-meter time in Division II this spring when she clocked 2 minutes, 8.08 seconds last Saturday at Stanford. That essentially secured a spot in her fourth straight NCAA outdoor track championships, and her 11th NCAA appearance in 12 competitive seasons as a Falcon.
 
A couple hours later, Decker (Vancouver, Wash. / Mountain View HS) ran the second leg on SPU's 4x400 relay team, joining with senior Jalen Tims, junior Cheryl Hong, and senior Jahzelle Ambus for a time of 3:43.76. It's the fourth-fastest D2 time coming into this week, and puts the Falcons in excellent position to make nationals in that race. Last year's final above-the-cutoff-line time was 3:45.08.

Last Friday, Decker posted a 4:30.67 in the 1,500. She begins the week with a No. 9 ranking.
 
Decker won the Athlete of the Week honor twice during the winter indoor season, most recently on March 14 after her three All-American performances in Kansas. She now has four of the awards for her career. This one was shared with Alaska Anchorage distance star Joyce Chelimo, who ran a D2-leading 33:14.41 in the 10,000 meters at Stanford.
 
The Falcons compete internationally this week, crossing the border into Canada for the Emilie Mondor Invitational on Saturday at Simon Fraser University's Terry Fox Stadium. Track events start at 10:45 a.m., and field events begin a 12 noon. The last event is set for 3:55 p.m.

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