One school record fell Friday as the Seattle University track and field team was scattered among three meets along the West Coast.
Katie Tougas (Edmonds, Wash.) broke her own school record in the 200 meter dash at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University, finishing fifth in her heat with a time of 25.82 seconds, 12/100ths of a second faster than the previous standard she set at last year’s Great West Conference Championships. Tougas also finished 11th in the long jump with a top effort of 5.54 meters (18’ 2.25”).
Elsewhere in the Clay Invitational, Zachary Schlachter (Tigard, Ore.) won his heat of the 400 meter dash in 49.20 seconds, and then he finished second in his heat of the 200 meter dash in 21.84 seconds. Shaddye Melu (Auburn, Wash.) also won his heat of the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.42 seconds, and he cleared 1.87 meters (6’ 1.5”) in the high jump.
Samuel Engle (Portland, Ore.) finished third in his heat of the 400 meter hurdles in 56.53 seconds, Madison Davis (Camano Island, Wash.) crossed the finish line eighth in her section of the 800 meter run in 2:15.54, and Baxter Arguinchona (Spokane, Wash.) posted a time of 16:15.03 in the 5000 meter run. In the men’s javelin throw, Dylan Burnett (Lynnwood, Wash.) finished in ninth place with a top effort of 60.91 meters (199’ 10”).
At the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.) finished third in his heat of the 400 meter dash and 15th overall with a time of 48.08 seconds, followed by a fifth place finish (18th overall) in his heat of the 200 meter dash in 21.42 seconds. Also in the 400 meter dash, Austin Thummel-Gravitt (Puyallup, Wash.) finished third in his heat and 33rd overall with a time of 48.54 seconds.
On the track at historic Hayward Field in the Oregon Relays, Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.) finished fifth in the 400 meter dash in 59.50 seconds, while Kaytie Bateman (Chehalis, Wash.) finished eighth in the 100 meter hurdles in 15.87 seconds. The seniors joined with Candice de Sauvage (Foster City, Calif.) and Becca Lassere (Boise, Idaho) to finish second in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 4:01.49.
Before the relay, Lassere finished fourth in her heat and 10th overall in the women’s 800 meter run with a time of 2:19.26. In the men’s 5000 meter run, Jeff Baklund (Auburn, Wash.) crossed the finish line in fourth place in his race with a time of 15:39.80. Valerie Wu (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) finished sixth in her heat of the women’s 200 meter dash with a time of 28.00 seconds.
In the field events, Bethany Richards (Shoreline, Wash.) finished eighth in the women’s hammer throw with a top effort of 43.79 meters (143’ 8”), with Amanda Luna (Beavercreek, Ore.) close behind in ninth place with a mark of 41.81 meters (137’ 2”). In the women’s discus throw, Sara Blakely (Spokane, Wash.) finished in 11th place with a top effort of 33.52 meters (110’ 0”).
Devon Walker (Ventura, Calif.) and Chris Scaffa (Lake Oswego, Ore.) pulled double duty, starting in the discus throw, where Walker finished fourth with a mark of 41.93 meters (137’ 7”) and Scaffa finished seventh with a throw of 39.09 meters (128’ 3”). Scaffa also finished seventh in the hammer throw after a top effort of 39.32 meters (129’ 0”), just ahead of Walker in eighth place with a best throw of 39.02 meters (128’ 0”).
In the men’s long jump, Nick Bever (Seattle, Wash.) finished in 12th place with a top leap of 6.13 meters (20’ 1.5”). Bateman finished seventh in the women’s javelin throw with a top effort of 34.30 meters (112’ 6”), while Amanda Maddux (Gresham, Ore.) finished in 10th place with her best throw of 29.25 meters (95’ 11”).
The Seattle University track and field team will spend the final stretch of the regular season in the Pacific Northwest, starting next Friday, April 26, at the High Performance Meet hosted by Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., starting at 3 p.m.