SEATTLE – (May 5) The Seattle University track and field competed at the Ken Shannon Invitational at the University of Washington this weekend, in their last meet before the WAC Outdoor Championship this coming week.

The Redhawks used this as a tune-up for the championship meet this coming week. Although only a limited number of SU athletes competed, the meet brought a big result.

Michelle Newblom ran a fantastic race in the 100m hurdles, breaking a 42-year-old record. Newblom posted a time of 14.78, winning her heat.

“Michelle has been consistently dropping time this year,” assistant coach Chad Pharis said. “Almost every race she has dropped a little bit more time but has been looking for that complete race. Today's race proved to her what she is capable of running as she executed a very strong race to significantly drop her time. I have been very impressed with how Michelle has handled this season.  These are the races that are exciting to watch, as it is when the athlete executes the race they have been visualizing all year. Michelle did just that.  We had one cue going into this race which she visualized and went after.  To watch her separate from her heat over the 2nd half of the race, and run a wind-legal 14.78 was exactly what she has been building towards. Michelle deserved that race for the work she has been putting in this year, and I am proud of her for going after it.”

Newblom and the Redhawks will conclude the 2018 outdoor season with the WAC Championship in Lawrence, Kan. from Wednesday to Saturday.