SAN FRANCISCO – (March 31) The Seattle University track and field team participated in the San Francisco State Distance Carnival this weekend and set several PR’s and Caylah Lunning took second place in the long jump to highlight the meet.

Lunning’s second place in the long jump wasn’t her only great finish. She also competed in the 400m dash and finished in fourth place overall. Renee Soliman also competed well in the long jump, finishing in 7th place overall.

High finishes weren’t the only thing the Redhawks accomplished on the weekend, several athletes set new PR’s in their respective events, despite this meet being something new for the team.

“For the first time ever, we took a full team to this meet,” said assistant coach Chad Pharis. “It was great to see the response of the team and how hard they competed during the 2-day meet. Day 1 was full of distance and field events. It was great to see the horizontal jumpers earn some season’s best and Caylah’s 2nd place finish.

“On the track, the 1500m runners all had PR’s and were each very competitive in their respective heats,” added Pharis. “The competition level was really great to see.”

Johanna Erickson, Shannan Higgins, Eli Boudouris, Lance Slichko, Ben Monk and Blake Delaney were the runners to set PR’s in the 1500m. It was Monk’s first time racing on the track in 23 months but came back strong to set his new PR.

“Day 2 was mostly all on the track,” explained Pharis. “Everyone ran smart races and we had too many PR’s and season bests to keep count throughout the day. Everyone was very excited for each other and kept the momentum going into the next event.”

Soliman, Lunning, Madison Lichter and Michelle Newblom used that momentum to take fourth place in the women’s 4x100m event and made nice improvements from their last race.

The Redhawks will look to continue the improvements and progress at their next meet in Spokane on April 7 hosted by Spokane Community College.