The Seattle University track and field team combined for five event victories and one school record at the Willamette Invitational Saturday at the Charles Bowles Track at McCulloch Stadium.
Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.) was part of three of the Seattle U event wins, the first coming as the second leg of the 4x100 meter relay team, also including Zachary Schlachter (Tigard, Ore.), Eric Patterson-Floyd (Seattle, Wash.), and Austin Thummel-Gravitt (Puyallup, Wash.), that won in 41.91 seconds. Later in the day, Stanfield would win the 100 meter dash in 10.77 seconds and the 200 meter dash in 21.51 seconds.
Dylan Burnett (Lynnwood, Wash.) would easily win the javelin throw by almost 10 full meters, posting a top throw of 63.13 meters (207’ 1.75”). During the Charles Bowles Celebration of Distance, Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.) would cross the finish line first in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:49.43.
“This was a very solid meet for the team overall. We had strong performances from all event groups, with some marks very close to school records. We're looking better than ever at this time in the season,” Seattle U head track and field coach Trisha Steidl said.
The school record would come in the men’s 1500 meter run, as Collin Overbay (Spokane, Wash.) finished fifth during the top section portion of the event with a time of 3:51.84, over three seconds faster than the previous mark set May 8, 2010. In the top section of the men’s 5000 meter run, Matthew McClement (Bellingham, Wash.) finished in 10th place with a time of 14:44.51, while Baxter Arguinchona (Spokane, Wash.) crossed the finish line in 13th place with a mark of 15:00.53.
“Collin did a great job of executing a smart race strategy. He looked strong and controlled. I hope we can squeeze a few more seconds out to get our first sub-3:50 this year,” said Steidl.
Elsewhere in the sprints, Thummel-Gravitt would finish right behind Stanfield in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.97 seconds after finishing third in his heat and sixth overall in the 100 meter dash in 11.16 seconds. Patterson-Floyd would finish sixth in his heat and 16th overall in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.36 seconds.
On the women’s side, Katie Tougas (Edmonds, Wash.) won her heat of the 100 meter dash, finishing eighth overall with a time of 12.57 seconds. In the 200 meter dash, Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.) finished second in her heat and eighth overall in 26.19 seconds, with Kaytie Bateman (Chehalis, Wash.) finishing fifth in her heat and 15th overall with a time of 26.76 seconds.
Bateman would win her heat of the 100 meter hurdles, finishing seventh overall in the event with a time of 16.19 seconds. She also anchored the 4x100 meter relay for the Redhawk women, joining with Tougas, Cali Cull (Marysville, Wash.), and Bergmann for a time of 49.44 seconds, good enough for third place in the event.
Seattle U was represented well in the 400 meter races, starting with the women’s 400 meter dash when Candice de Sauvage (Foster City, Calif.) finished fourth both in her heat and overall with a time of 58.56 seconds. In the men’s 400 meter dash, Shaddye Melu (Auburn, Wash.) finished third in both his heat and in the overall event in 49.31 seconds. Samuel Engle (Portland, Ore.) finished seventh in the 400 meter hurdles with a mark of 56.03 seconds.
Three of the female distance runners competed in both the 800 meter run and 1500 meter run. Madison Davis (Camano Island, Wash.) finished second in the 800 meter run in 2:14.21 and sixth in the 1500 meter run in 4:42.16. After winning her heat of the 800 meter run with a time of 2:19.39 to finish seventh overall, Sophie Curatilo (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished fourth in her section of the 1500 meter run in 4:40.54. Becca Lassere (Boise, Idaho) was sixth in her heat of the 800 meter run in 2:21.41 and first in her section of the 1500 meter run in 4:50.90.
In the early section of the women’s 5000 meter run, Elena Smith (Seattle, Wash.) finished second in 18:16.77, followed by Taylor de Laveaga (Gilbert, Ariz.) in fourth place in 18:20.53, Lauren Hammerle (Seattle, Wash.) in 10th place in 18:43.12, and Meghan Arigo (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) in 11th place in 18:45.24.
In the first heat of the men’s 1500 meter run, Gus Arroyo (Portland, Ore.) finished second in 4:05.32, and Nathan McLaughlin (Puyallup, Wash.) crossed the finish line fifth with a time of 4:07.20. In the first section of the men’s 5000 meter run, Chris Davis (Centennial, Colo.) crossed the finish line in eighth place with a time of 15:21.33, and Jeff Baklund (Auburn, Wash.) posted a time of 15:24.03 for a 10th place finish.
Melu finished third in the men’s high jump, clearing 1.93 meters (6’ 4”) on his second attempt. Tougas finished third in the women’s long jump with a top effort of 5.54 meters (18’ 2.25”), while Cull finished sixth in the triple jump after posting a best leap of 10.49 meters (34’ 5”). In the women’s hammer throw, Bethany Richards (Shoreline, Wash.) was fifth overall with a top effort of 44.03 meters (144’ 5.75”), followed by Amanda Luna (Beavercreek, Ore.) in seventh place with a mark of 43.56 meters (142’ 11.25”) and Renate Wescott (Puyallup, Wash.) in 12th place at 39.25 meters (128’ 9.5”).
Sara Blakely (Spokane, Wash.) finished fourth in her section of the women’s discus throw with a top mark of 33.80 meters (110’ 11”), and Devon Walker (Ventura, Calif.) was sixth in the men’s discus throw after his best effort of 41.43 meters (135’ 11.25”). Walker was also ninth in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 42.02 meters (137’ 10.50”), with teammate Chris Scaffa (Lake Oswego, Ore.) finishing in sixth place with a top throw of 43.62 meters (143’ 1.50”).
The Seattle University track and field team will head to Spokane, Wash., next weekend for WAR VI, joining with other Washington schools to take on a team of schools from other Pacific Northwest states. The meet will take place Saturday, April 13, at Spokane Falls Community College starting at 10 a.m.