EDINBURG – (May 12) Another day, another medal. And even more to be proud of.
Day 3 proved to be another successful one for the Redhawks at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Edinburg, Tex.
Mandie Maddux started off the day by grabbing silver in the javelin with a throw of 44.25 meters (145-2). That mark is the new school record, a record Maddux previously held, broke Thursday in the heptathlon, and broke again Friday.
Head coach Trisha Steidl was extremely proud of Maddux, and said she's looking forward to watching the list for Nationals to see if she gets in.
Maddux also broke her school record in the shot put with a mark of 12.21m (40-0.75) for a ninth-place finish.
"Mandie continued her stellar meet with two more big school records," assistant coach Chad Pharis said. "She improved throughout the competition, even holding the lead after five rounds. It was a fun competition to watch."
Maddux only had time for one throw in the preliminary rounds before she went to compete in the 100 meter hurdles.
"She took full advantage and surpassed the 40' barrier," Pharis said. "It was extremely exciting to see her build on her heptathlon throws in both events."
In another field event, Cam Peters scored for the Redhawks by tying for sixth place in the high jump with a mark of 1.9m (6-2.75).
"Cam showed great consistency with his jumps," Pharis said. "He had some good looks at 1.95m but still had enough to hang on for sixth."
Track events were primarily preliminary heats, with the exception of the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
In that event on the men's side, Eli Boudouris (9:59.32) scored for the Redhawks with a sixth-place finish.
"Eli ran a terrific race today," Steidl said. "He looked solid the entire time and finished the season off well after dealing with some bumps in the road over the previous few weeks. I was very impressed with his effort, his time in the hot temperatures, and his composure throughout the race. He ran with patience to start, which allowed him to put a target on the backs of guys in front of him and reel them in. I'm proud of him for battling back from some frustrations and working so well with me over the past couple of weeks to get him to the place he was today. He impressed me today."
On the women's side, Rebecca Lassere (11:22.21) also scored for the team with a fifth-place finish.
Steidl was proud of the way Lassere was able to end her Redhawk track career.
"Becca's race was a perfect ending to her collegiate career," Steidl said. "I could not be more proud of and happy for her. She ran with a purpose, with confidence, and made every step count. She's dealt with a lot over the past year and it would've been easy for her to say running isn't all that important. The reality, though, is that it is very important to her. She's a competitor, she's a fighter, and she likes to push her limits. She's been an incredibly tough and strong lady this year in particular. I'm so happy she was able to finish doing her favorite race and doing it so well."
"Lila, Moira, and Johanna all ran smart races today," Steidl said. "Along with preparing well for the heat, they made their experiences count and did just what they needed to do to qualify on to the finals."
In the 800 meter preliminary race, Siobhan Rubio qualified for the finals with a time of 2:15.45.
Steidl thought Rubio looked great in the 800, battling back after her performance in the 1500.
"She ran smart and strong and I know she's got more in the tank for tomorrow," Steidl said.
Abby Wachter qualified for the finals in the 400 meter hurdles after a qualifying preliminary time of 1:05.21.
"Abby ran a smart race for second in her heat and fourth overall (in the prelims)," Pharis said. "She is excited and ready to leave it all out there in Finals."
Steidl was also impressed by Wachter's performance.
"Abby ran the strongest 400 hurdles I've seen from her this year," Steidl said. "She ran with confidence and purpose to qualify for the finals. I'm looking forward to see her compete tomorrow."
Caylah Lunning didn't end up qualifying for the finals in the 200, but she did tie the school record with a time of 25.25.
Pharis said he thought Lunning fought through a tough day in jumps to be able to end the way she did in the 200.
The Championships conclude Saturday – follow live results HERE.
When asked what there is to look forward to on the final day, Steidl quickly answered: "What isn't there to look forward to tomorrow?"!
"The team is ready to go," Steidl said. "They've been doing everything necessary to prepare for this, including preparing for the heat. So far the team has been competing well and I look forward to seeing that continue on the final day!"
Shoutout quote from Steidl:
"Louis (Rodrigues) didn't qualify for the finals in the 800m (1:56.62), but I think he deserves a shout out. For a guy who has only been back to running for a few weeks and could've called it quits, he really buckled down, focused in, and ran great these past few weeks. I would've loved for him to have made the finals, but his tenacity is what has impressed me the most. He competed against guys who have likely been training all season long and only missed the final by a small margin. Missing by that little could be frustrating - and probably is for him a little bit - but it also goes to show what's possible if you work hard on all the little things during an injury and progressing back into things. He did a great job at all of that and I'm proud of him for putting himself out there and committing to finish the season off the way he did."