PORTLAND – (March 18) The outdoor track and field season opened for the Redhawks over the weekend at the Lewis and Clark Spring Break Open in Portland, Ore.

"The team overall did a good job of putting themselves in a place to compete well at the end of finals week," head coach Trisha Steidl said. 

The women finished in third place, while the men finished in sixth place. Both teams had many student-athletes finish in scoring positions, a good sign for what’s to come this season.

"As season openers go, I thought today was a good day," assistant coach Chad Pharis said. "Most everyone set some good marks to build on for the season, and learned a lot about what adjustments need to be made."

On the women’s side, Madison Lichter took fourth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.78. Caylah Lunning finished in seventh place in the same event with a time of 12.88.

Lichter and Lunning also raced – and scored – in the 200. Lichter finished in ninth place with a time of 26.19, and Lunning finished in sixth place with a time of 25.86.

Lunning also finished in fifth in the long jump with a mark of 5.11 meters. Renee Soliman finished sixth in the same event with a mark of 5.10m.

The 1500 proved to be a strong race for the women, with three Redhawks scoring in the event.

Lila Rice (4:37.75) finished in fourth, Anastasia Honea (4:39.57) finished in sixth, and Moira O’Connor Lenth (4:40.56) finished in eighth.

In the 5000, Olivia Stein set a new outdoor personal record with a time of 17:47.61, good for a fifth-place finish.

Mariah Gibbs (15.40, fifth place), Mandie Maddux (15.95, seventh place), and Michelle Newblom (16.74, eighth place) all scored for the Redhawks in the 100-meter hurdles.

Maddux finished in fifth place in the javelin with a throw of 37.56 meters.

Gibbs also took fifth place in the triple jump with a mark of 11.05 meters. Katie Fleming finished in sixth place in the same event with a mark of 10.84m, and Chloe Harris finished in seventh with an outdoor personal record mark of 10.71m.

In the 400 meter hurdles, Abby Wachter (1:04.73) finished in fourth, while Fleming (1:06.17) finished in sixth.

In her first collegiate steeplechase, Johanna Erickson finished in fourth with a time of 11:25.32. Rebecca Lassere finished sixth in the same event with a time of 11:27.48.

On the men’s side, Janzen Aguilar-Nelson sprinted to a second-place finish in both the 200-meter dash (22.41) and the 400 (49.13).

Jacques Hebert finished in seventh place in one of his best outdoor events, the 1500, with a time of 4:01.32.

The men were strong in the 5000, finishing in scoring position by grabbing second place (Chay Weaver, 14:46.55), fourth place (Matthew Seidel, 14:58.61), and fifth place (Tyler Flannery, 15:01.76, an outdoor personal record).

In his first outdoor season as a Redhawk, Steve Brown finished the 400 meter hurdles in seventh place with a time of 58.60.

Eli Boudouris attempted the steeplechase for the first time, and took a sixth-place finish with a time of 9:42.63.

Cam Peters had a nice showing, taking third place in the high jump with a mark of 1.82 meters.

In the men’s triple jump, Nick Redlew finished in eighth place with a mark of 12.98 meters.

"We have some work to do, but training is set up to have some great results to show within the next couple of meets," Pharis said. 

Overall, the Redhawks came out strong in the outdoor season opener. With so many student-athletes scoring for the team, confidence can soar as they have just under two months full of meets to prepare for the WAC Outdoor Championships.

"There were a lot of good performances to start off the season and build off of going forward," Steidl said.

The next meet is just for the distance runners as they head to California for the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on March 31. Then, the full team travels to Spokane, Wash. to compete at WAR 9 on April 7 and 8.

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