SEATTLE - Washington track & field will welcome one of the best throwers in all of Division-II to campus next season as Sequim, Wash. native Frank Catelli has committed to becoming a Dawg. Catelli was the third-place finisher in the shot put at the NCAA D-II Championships this past May for Western Washington.
In his sophomore season in Bellingham, Catelli broke the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record in the shot put on multiple occasions, culminating in a career-best toss of 60-feet, 10.5-inches at the NCAA Championships that would rank 10th on the UW top-10 list. Catelli placed third at the national meet behind a pair of senior throwers.
Catelli also qualified for NCAAs in the discus, finishing 13th overall with a mark of 168-3. His season-best in the discus was a 173-11 toss at the Husky Outdoor Track, as he won the Washington Open back on April 12.
Indoors, the sophomore was named the USTFCCCA West Region Field Athlete of the Year. He set the Western indoor record at another UW meet, as he won the UW Indoor Open with a toss of 57-5 1/2. He qualified for NCAA Indoors, finishing 17th at 52-4 1/2.
"Frank brings us immediate help at not only the Pac-12 level, but at the National level as well," said Coach Crater. "He has worked hard to get his results, but he has a lot of room to continue to grow. I have been fortunate to work with some great collegiate throwers, and I think Frank could rise to that level. We are excited to put him into the mix and I hope he will become a catalyst for our young, talented men's throws group."
For his record-setting season, Catelli was named the 2013-14 Western Washington Male Athlete of the Year.
Coach Crater has worked with some of the best shot putters in the world, including the past two U.S. champions, as his former Penn State athlete Joe Kovacs just won the 2014 title, and Ryan Whiting, who Crater coached post-collegiately, won the 2013 title and took silver at the 2013 World Championships.