Four more school records, including the longest-standing standard entering the indoor season, were broken as the Seattle University track and field team continued competition at the UW Invitational Saturday at Dempsey Indoor.
Freshman Shaddye Melu (Auburn, Wash.) broke a seven-year-old school record in the men's high jump, clearing 1.97 meters (6' 5.5") on his second try to raise the record by one-and-a-half inches. Melu would finish in a tie for first in his flight and in a tie for 10th overall in the event.
The other three records were broken by the same people who set them just two weeks ago at the UW Indoor Preview. Madison Davis (Camano Island, Wash.) lowered her school-record time in the 800 meter run by 1.67 seconds, finishing sixth in her section with a time of 2:17.10.
Bethany Richards (Shoreline, Wash.) broke her own school record in the weight throw by over one full meter, posting a top throw of 14.76 meters (48' 5.25") to finish fourth in her flight and 17th overall in the event. Amanda Luna (Beavercreek, Ore.) equaled the previous school record with a throw of 13.67 meters (44' 10.25"), finishing sixth in the flight and 23rd overall.
Also in the throws, Bo Anderson (Tacoma, Wash.) set a new school record in the shot put with a throw of 14.22 meters (46' 8"), almost five inches further than his record-setting throw two weeks ago. In the weight throw, Josh Walters (Sacramento, Calif.) finished eighth in his flight with a top effort of 13.60 meters (44' 7.5"). Devon Walker (Ventura, Calif.) posted throws of 12.90 meters (42' 4") in the shot put and 12.14 meters (39' 10") in the weight throw.
"Overall we saw a lot of good things in today's meet. Many people are sick, but they didn't let that stop them from going out and giving it their best," Seattle U head coach Trisha Steidl said. "Coaches and athletes alike gained good information from the performances in this meet, and we will continue to build upon the foundations we currently have."
On the track, Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.) finished second in his heat and seventh overall in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.21 seconds, while Zachary Schlachter (Tigard, Ore.) also finished second in his heat, posting a time of 50.03 seconds to finish the event in 19th place overall.
In the men's one mile run, Ryan Dennison (Pacifica, Calif.) finished third in his section with a time of 4:20.73, followed by Nathan McLaughlin (Puyallup, Wash.) in sixth place in 4:22.16 and Gus Arroyo (Portland, Ore.) in eighth place in 4:29.00. Matthew McClement (Bellingham, Wash.) finished fourth in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:36.56, followed by Chris Davis (Centennial, Colo.) in ninth place in 8:45.78, Baxter Arguinchona (Spokane, Wash.) in 10th place in 8:47.18, and Graham Kinzel-Grubbs (Portland, Ore.) in 13th place in 8:56.10.
On the women's side, Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.) finished second in her heat of the 400 meter dash with a time of 59.96 seconds, followed by Candice de Sauvage (Foster City, Calif.) in fourth place in the heat in 60.82 seconds. Becca Lassere (Boise, Idaho) also competed in the 800 meter run, finishing seventh in her section with a time of 2:21.52.
Sophie Curatilo (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished eighth in her section of the women's one mile run with a time of 5:03.56. Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.) won her section of the event in 5:11.69, with Jennifer Stolle (Seattle, Wash.) close behind her with a time of 5:12.16 and Amy Tolentino (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) posting a time of 5:33.60.
"The distance crew had a particularly great day, probably the strongest early-season showing in my time here. Distance runners ran eight personal bests, with five others two seconds or less off their PRs. I saw a lot of fight and determination out there today and no one was going to let any situation stop them from running their best. I am extremely happy with the results the distance runners had today and even happier knowing they did this solely off of strength, not speed. The best is yet to come," said Steidl.
After posting a time of 8.09 seconds in the 60 meter dash, Katie Tougas (Edmonds, Wash.) finished in a tie for seventh place in her flight of the long jump with a top effort of 5.14 meters (16' 10.5"). Miriam Mboya (Shoreline, Wash.) also competed in the 60 meter dash, finishing in 38th place overall with a time of 8.07 seconds.
Seattle University returns to Dempsey Indoor in two weeks, with some competitors participating in the Husky Classic Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, and the others taking part in the UW Open Sunday, Feb. 10.