The Seattle University indoor track and field team heads to Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, to be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center Feb. 21-23.
The meet will kick off Thursday, Feb. 21, with the multi-events competitions. Kaytie Bateman (Chehalis, Wash.) competed in the pentathlon at last year's Great West Conference Championships, finishing sixth with 2,947 points.
The first full day of competition is Friday, Feb. 22, starting with the field events at 1:30 p.m. local time. On the women's side, the finals of the high jump, the long jump, the weight throw, and the pole vault will take place, while on the men's side, the long jump and the shot put will be contested. Bethany Richards (Shoreline, Wash.) is currently 13th on the WAC performance list in the women's weight throw, while Bo Anderson (Tacoma, Wash.) is 16th in the men's shot put heading into the meet.
On the track, the preliminaries of the mile, 60 meter hurdles, 400 meter dash, 60 meter dash, 800 meter run, and 200 meter dash will be held for each gender. Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.) is in the top 20 on the WAC performance lists for three different events, while Miriam Mboya (Shoreline, Wash.) and Madison Davis (Camano Island, Wash.) have set school records during the indoor track season.
The finals of the 5000 meter run will be held Friday evening. Matthew McClement (Bellingham, Wash.) is second on the WAC performance list in the event, followed by Graham Kinzel-Grubbs (Portland, Ore.) in third place. For the women, Elena Smith (Seattle, Wash.) is currently 15th heading into her first indoor track and field conference championship meet. Both the men and the women are third respectively in the distance medley relay heading into the league championships.
Saturday's action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. local time with the men's high jump, as Shaddye Melu's (Auburn, Wash.) school record jump of 2.03 meters is currently fourth on the league performance list. Other field events of interest for Seattle U fans include the women's triple jump, where Cali Cull (Marysville, Wash.) won the Great West Conference title last year and is ninth on the WAC performance list, and the men's triple jump, where Nick Bever (Seattle, Wash.) enters the meet 11th on the league performance list.
The six track events that held preliminaries the previous day will have finals on Saturday, followed by the 3000 meter run and the 4x400 meter relay. McClement is sixth on the WAC performance list in the men's 3000 meter run, followed by Ryan Dennison (Pacifica, Calif.) in seventh place. Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.) is 15th in the women's 3000 meter run heading into the league meet.
Other Redhawk competitors scheduled to travel to Albuquerque for the conference championships include Jeff Baklund (Auburn, Wash.), Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.), Sophie Curatilo (Honolulu, Hawaii), Chris Davis (Centennial, Colo.), Nathan McLaughlin (Puyallup, Wash.), Collin Overbay (Spokane, Wash.), Zachary Schlachter (Tigard, Ore.), Jennifer Stolle (Seattle, Wash.), Austin Thummel-Gravitt (Puyallup, Wash.), and Katie Tougas (Edmonds, Wash.).
Live results will be available on WACSports.com, with a wrap-up of Seattle U's participation each evening on GoSeattleU.com.