SPOKANE – (Apr. 8) The Seattle U track and field team continued their outdoor season with an impressive showing.
In total, they took home 13 Top-3 finishes, including three in first place at WAR X in Spokane, Wash.
Overall, the women finished in third place with 101 points, while the men finished in seventh place with 34.5 points.
Moira O’Connor Lenth finished in first place in the 5000-meter run with a new personal record time of 17:31.44.
"Moira ran a strong, confident 5000m today to get a huge PR and a time that had been a long time coming," head coach Trisha Steidl said. "It was great to see her finally put together the race we've both known she ws capable of at this distance."
Lichter also finished in third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.7.
Mariah Gibbs grabbed first place in the triple jump with a mark of 11.26 meters (36-11.5). Gibbs also finished in third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.20.
Mandy Rusch finished in third with a time of 1:00.58.
"Becca and Siobhan both ran a strong 800/1500m double today, despite challenging conditions during the 1500m," Steidl said.
On the men’s side, three grabbed third in different events.
In the 200-meter dash, Bleu Perez finished in 22.58.
Janzen Aguilar-Nelson finished the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.51.
In the triple jump, Jordan Kenison finished with a mark of 13.51 meters (44-4). That jump gave him the outdoor school record in the event.
Many student-athletes competed in events that were other than their usual events, specifically the distance runners. Steidl thinks it was a good way to see how they can progress before Conference.
"For the most part the distance runners weren't competing in their main events today," Steidl said. "It's good to change things up and work on different aspects of strengths and weaknesses. Moving forward we have some work to do, but I believe the team is heading in a good direction."
Next, the Redhawks split up, with some of the team headed to Azuza, Calif. for the Bryan Clay Invitational on April 14, the others are headed to the Beach Invite in Long Beach, Calif. on April 15.