Track And Field Finishes Indoor With Medals And Records

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COURTESY OF BRANT YAMAMOTO

Left: Nathan Pixler, Right: Stewart Keene; Pixler won first place in the 800m, receiving a gold medal.

Kaela Takei, Staff Reporter

Seattle University Track and Field had been preparing for their indoor Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship for over five months. This past weekend, the Feb. 22-23, Redhawks competed in Nampa, Idaho against six other WAC teams.

Day one of the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships earned Seattle U two bronze medals, seven qualifying athletes, 12 personal records, and one school record. Day two of the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships was an incredible way to end the weekend and conclude indoor season.

60-meter Hurdles
Junior Michelle Newblom ran the 60m hurdles and clocked a time of 8.93, which qualified her for finals the next day and set a new program record for the 60m hurdles. Newblom clocked a time of 8.95 in the 60m hurdle finals.

60-meter Dash
Sophomore Michaela Moore set a new personal record, in which she finished with a time of 7.81. Moore’s time was .02 off the current indoor program record.

COURTESY OF BRANT YAMAMOTO
COURTESY OF BRANT YAMAMOTO

Sophomore Devin Hasty ran a personal best in the 800m this weekend.

Long Jump
Redshirt Senior Caylah Lunning finished seventh in the long jump, jumping a season’s best 5.51 meters.

200-meter
Sophomore Michaela Moore PR’d again, clocking in a time of 26.26. First-year Isaiah Payne ran a 22.07 which earned him a personal best and the last spot in Saturday’s finals. Payne set another personal record in the 200m dash finals, crossing at 22.00 even.

400m
First time WAC Indoor Conference competitors, first-years Regie Grady (59.92), Chloe Deleissegues (1:00.77), and Redshirt First-years Rachel Van Liew (1:01.40), all set new season highs. First-year Zachary Gonzalez and Lucas Milne finished in 50.58 and 51.33 respectively.

800m Junior
Siobhan Rubio and first-year Ellie Postma finished their race with times of 2:15.44 and 2:16.94. Postma shaved almost three and a half seconds off her previous personal best. Junior Emily O’Hara also PR’d with a time of 2:27.17. Sophomore Devin Hasty earned a personal best of 1:58.80. Redshirt Sophomore Nathan Pixler finished first in his heat with a time of 1:55.78, and first-year Stewart Keene finished in 1:55.20. Postma, Rubio, Pixler, and Keene all qualified for the 800m finals.

In the finals, Postma and Rubio finished in 2:17.70 and 2:19.41, along with Keene crossing in 1:56.09. Pixler won the gold medal in the 800m men’s finals.

Mile
Jacques Hebert competed in the indoor mile, clocking in a time of 4:18.59 which earned him first in his heat and second overall for prelims. He continued on to compete in the finals and crossed the line at 4:24.65.

3k
Sophomore Rachel Kastama beat her previous personal best by 12 seconds, clocking in at 10:36.59. First-year Marie-Therese Chahrouri also ran a personal best of 10:40.31; Sophomore Elle Stein finished with a time of 10:47.71 and Junior Thea Foulk finished in 11:05.21.

Kennedy also PR’d, finishing with a time of 9:05.00. First-year Stephen Crocker bested as well, with a time of 9:18.79. This race also featured three seniors who competed in their last WAC Indoor Conference: Eli Boudouris (8:36.94), Ben Monk (8:43.66) and Cal Davidson-Turner (8:49.11).

5k
Sophomore Kyle Kennedy beat his previous PR by a whopping 48 seconds, clocking him in at 15:28.72.

Distance Medley Relay
Both men and women’s distance medley relay teams earned third place and a spot on the podium. The women’s team, made up of Chahrouri, Lunning, Rubio and Postma, finished in 12:20.49, while the men’s team of Pixler, Keene, Boudouris and Hebert, finished in 10:23.33.

4x400m Relay
The 4x400m relay team consisted of Senior Alexandro Carrasco, Payne, Gonzalez and Milne, with a time of 3:24.79.

To close out the women’s events, the 4x400m relay team of Lunning, Grady, sophomore Nicole Golba and Van Liew, finished the race in 4:00.30.

This past weekend proved that hard work really does pay off. Now these Redhawks get a short break between the conclusion of indoor seasons and their first outdoor meet of the year in Portland, Oregon Mar. 15 and 16.

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