HarLee Ortega

Central Washington’s HarLee Ortega competes in the hurdles at the Sam Adams Classic on March 22.

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Payette alumna HarLee Ortega closed her college track and field career with a strong showing at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships on May 25.

The Central Washington University senior finished 11th place at nationals, with 4,904 points and a Second Team All-American nod. This is the third time Ortega was named an All-American in college.

Ortega finished the first day of nationals in tenth place with a 1.64-meter (five foot, 4.5 inch) high jump (third place) and a shot put throw of 10.21m (33-06) or ninth place.

She also finished the 100-meter hurdles in 15.08 seconds (11th place) and the 200-meter dash in 26.27 seconds (10th place).

On day two of the tournament, Ortega finished 12th in the long jump, finishing with 5.19m (17-0.50). She followed that up with a personal best javelin throw of 36.23 (118-10) for seventh place. Her final mark came in the 800-meter race, where she finished sixth in 2:24.30.

Ortega holds the school record for the heptathlon; pentathlon and the triple jump. This spring, she won the Greater Northwest Athletic Conference championship in the heptathlon, long jump, high jump and the 4x400-meter relay.


Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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