SEATTLE – (Feb. 11) Time to re-write the record books.
On Day One of the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., the women’s distance medley relay (DMR) team broke the school record in the event on their way to grabbing second place.
Head coach Trisha Steidl said she knew the record was likely to happen since that group had already come close once before. The question was, “By how much?”
“Johanna and Anastasia had both raced the 3000m before the previous DMR, and this time they were fresh. Both ran significantly faster (each actually ran nine seconds faster for their leg this time) and, obviously, that made a huge difference,” Steidl said. “The ladies ran very well and it was great to see them slice a decent chunk of time off the record.”
“The ladies did a great job of competing and pushing the finish for each leg,” added assistant coach Chad Pharis. “It was a great race to watch.”
That event was just the beginning, as the entire meet proved to showcase Redhawk student-athlete strength and perseverance.
The Husky Classic was the last big meet before Seattle U heads to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho. The collegiate and season personal records were welcome marks to end on.
“The team did a good job of making adjustments to get ready for Conference,” Pharis said. “They are primed for some big results coming soon.”
Soliman, who set a personal record for the third meet in a row in the long jump, finished with a mark of 5.31m (17-5.25).
“Renee is showing both her competitiveness and her coach-ability as she continues to improve,” Pharis said. “I'm looking forward to her continued success.”
Beasley ran a personal record time of 22.92 in the 200-meter dash. Like Soliman, Beasley has beat his personal record in his event at each meet this indoor season.
“Keith builds on each week, learns from his races, and competes his heart out,” Pharis said. “He drew a bad lane, and still ran a PR time.”
Many distance runners also shaved time off their personal bests over the weekend.
Steidl was proud of the group for showing their toughness – both mentally and physically.
“Overall the distance folks ran very strong, confident races this weekend,” Steidl said. “Training is a process and it takes time for the work and effort one puts in to pay off. The distance runners got a good look at that payoff yesterday and today. The mindset they brought to the meet this weekend was on-point. They're confident in their training and going into their races not only wanting to see their training pay off, but also wanting to make the most of each race opportunity. It was great to see that mentality.”
Lila Rice continues to show she’s a force in the mile, once again beating her own personal record time.
Rice inched closer to the school record, finishing the mile race with a time of 4:57.43. This is her first collegiate sub-five-minute time in the indoor event.
“Lila looked like she was all business today,” Steidl said. “The gun went off and she got a great start and put herself in a good position. She looked mentally engaged the entire race and really went after it, which gave her a significant PR!”
In the 3,000 meter run, Moira O’Connor Lenth ran an indoor personal record time of 10:01.12, taking 10 seconds off her previous collegiate best and making her coach proud.
“Moira ran one of the most mentally engaged and strongest races I've seen her run,” Steidl said. “She ran controlled and strong and really put herself into race mode. She made moves when she needed to, and while I know she would've liked to break 10, she ran a great race and a big PR, and I'm proud of the effort she put out on the track today.”
Steidl also commented on Olivia Stein’s performance.
Stein finished the 5,000 with a time of 17:45.93, just shy of her personal record. It was her first attempt at the 5,000 this season, and Steidl liked what she saw.
“After having been sick and not training much for the first three weeks of the season, it was great to see her back on the horse,” Steidl said. “Mentally and physically she was strong in her race. This is just the start for her and I know she's excited to see what she can do as the year goes on.”
On the men’s side, Tyler Flannery crushed his indoor personal best in the 5,000 with a new time of 15:08.43.
“Tyler ran a smart, strong race and ran what we knew his fitness was showing us he was capable of,” Steidl said. “It was great to see him rebound so well from the previous meet. He thought about why that one didn't go well and we talked about race tactics. He put that all together with his mental tenacity and it paid off big. He's a hard-worker and it's great to see his work paying off, especially with a time that's so close to his overall PR.”
Weaver finished with a time of 8:27.01, and Hebert finished just behind him with a time of 8:27.40.
Despite dealing with a slight ‘glute’/hamstring issue, Steidl said Weaver looked strong in his race.
“That small PR wasn't guaranteed. I know he wanted to run faster, but I think he did a great job of putting his best effort out there today,” Steidl said “It'll be fun to see him in action once his glute/hamstring issue goes away completely.”
Steidl took the opportunity to put Hebert in the 3,000 rather than the mile again because he is also dealing with a hamstring issue. That opportunity paid off.
“Jacques ran a huge and long overdue PR today,” Steidl said. “He looked smooth and in-control the whole race. It was great to see him bury his old time. Based off of this, he can do some serious damage in this event going forward.”
The Redhawks have one week off from competition before they head to the WAC Championships at the Idaho Center from Feb. 23-25.
Steidl can’t wait to see what the team is capable of achieving there.
“Overall we have a strong team,” Steidl said. “We have great people in a wide variety of events, and if everyone can get themselves into a good place mentally and physically going into the Conference meet, I have high expectations about what can be accomplished.”