SEATTLE – (Jan. 28) The Seattle U track and field teams spent the last two days competing at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Wash.

Despite going through a tough training schedule to prepare for the peak of indoor competition, many student-athletes posted big personal bests and persevered through fatigue to show that Redhawks have guts.

Head coach Trisha Steidl applauded the team for performing well and making good performances happen on tired legs.

“It was great to see the team put themselves out there,” Steidl said.

Anastasia Honea and Johanna Erickson both ran indoor personal best times to give themselves Top 10 finishes in the 3,000 meter run. Honea finished with a time of 10:08.11 and Erickson finished with a time of 10:14.54.

In the mile run, Lila Rice ran an indoor personal best time of 5:02.49. That time beats her previous best set at the WAC Indoor Championships from last season when she won.

Moira O'Connor Lenth also had a solid race in the mile, finishing with an indoor personal best time of 5:05.41.

Caylah Lunning had a breakout meet at the UW Invite.

Lunning finished the 200-meter dash in 26.04, an indoor personal best. She also finished with a new indoor personal best in the long jump, going 5.38m (17-8) to place in the Top 15.

“Caylah had a great meet,” assistant coach Chad Pharis said. “She is working back into ‘track shape’ after a two-year hiatus playing soccer. Her improvements over the last two weeks show she is on the right track and should continue that throughout the year.”

On the men’s side, Matthew Seidel grabbed a fourth-place finish in the 3,000 with a personal best time of 8:30.7.

Many of the runners competing in the 5,000 also posted fast new times.

Eli Boudouris ran a new overall personal best time of 15:03.98, Cal Davidson-Turner ran a big overall personal best time of 15:24.92, and Tyler Flannery crushed his indoor personal best with a new time of 15:29.0.

On the field, freshman Jordan Kenison posted a new personal record in the triple jump, finishing with a mark of 13.43m (44-0.75).

Steidl thinks the team can do even better, which is, she said, exciting in regards to what that means the season has in store.

“I'm looking forward to seeing how things go over the next month and at the conference meet,” Steidl said.

Pharis agreed.
“We are all looking forward to what fresh legs will show over the next month!”

The Redhawks will stay in Seattle to compete in the Husky Classic at the Dempsey Indoor facility on Feb. 10-11 and the UW Open on Feb. 12.

Then, the team will travel to Nampa, Idaho for the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 23-25.

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