SEATTLE – (Jan. 14) The Seattle U indoor track and field team started their season Saturday at the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle, Wash. at Dempsey Indoor on the University of Washington’s campus.

With multiple personal records and Top 20 finishes, the performances all around by the Redhawk student-athletes showed good things to come this season.

“The first meet of the season is always a great opportunity to gauge fitness, mindset, and for freshmen to have their first indoor track experience,” head coach Trisha Steidl said.

Steidl thought the distance runners overall ran well, highlighting the milers and those in the 3,000 meter run as those who put together strong, solid races.

Although the team as a whole performed well, Steidl thought two distance performances especially stood out: Anastasia Honea’s mile and Chay Weaver’s 3,000.

Honea had a great one-mile race, especially for her first-ever collegiate indoor track meet. Honea finished in 12th place with a time of 5:05.82.

At the 2016 UW Indoor Preview, Weaver had set a personal record in the 3,000 meter run. The 2017 UW Indoor Preview proved to be just as successful, as he set a new personal record in the event, finishing with a time of 8:29.47.

“Anastasia surprised herself with a PR and a fast race, as did Chay,” Steidl said. “They both ran great races and really put themselves out there to see what they could do. It's a fun way to start, especially knowing they can both build on this.”

Sprints and jumps had a good start to the season, too. After not competing since last May, the group battled it out, highlighted by consistency.

“I'm very happy with the consistency the team showed today,” assistant coach Chad Pharis said. “The team stepped up and showed they are ready for a great year.”

Abby Wachter grabbed a 10th-place finish in the 400 meter dash, finishing with a time of 1:00.44.

Mandie Maddux (9.41) and Michelle Newblom (9.66) both ran qualifying times in the 60 meter hurdles, with Maddux running a personal record time (9.28) in the event in the finals. 

Maddux also continued her dominance from last season in the high jump, tying for fourth on Saturday with a jump of 1.65 meters (5-5).

Overall, the UW Indoor Preview was a great way for the team to see their potential.

“The team came prepared to put their best efforts out and see what they could make happen at the start of the season,” Steidl said.

Judging by the way they fought to make a first impression on the season, it should be fun indoor track and field season.

Next up, the Redhawks stay in Seattle to compete in the UW Invitational on Jan. 27-28.

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