Two school records, both for the Seattle University men’s track and field team, highlighted the Redhawks’ participation at the Oregon State University High Performance Meet Friday evening at the Whyte Track and Field Center.

Shaddye Melu (Auburn, Wash.) became the first Seattle U athlete to clear at least two meters in the high jump during the outdoor track and field season, winning the event after clearing 2.05 meters (6’ 8.75”). He also won his heat of the 200 meter dash, finishing seventh overall in 22.29 seconds, while Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.) posted a mark just 1/10th of a second off his school record in the 200 meter dash, finishing second with a time of 21.46 seconds.

The other school record came in the men’s 1500 meter run, as Collin Overbay (Spokane, Wash.) lowered his own standard by one-and-a-half seconds, crossing the finish line in the invitational section in third place at 3:50.33. In the first section of the men’s 1500 meter run, Nathan McLaughlin (Puyallup, Wash.) finished in fourth place in 4:01.81 and Gus Arroyo (Portland, Ore.) finished in 10th place with a time of 4:04.54.

In the invitational section of the women’s 1500 meter run, Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.) finished in fifth place with a time of 4:38.33. Erik Barkhaus (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) finished sixth in the men’s 5000 meter run with a time of 15:01.93, while Elena Smith (Seattle, Wash.) led the Redhawks in the women’s 5000 meter run, finishing sixth after posting a time of 18:19.27.

Elsewhere in the field events, Dylan Burnett (Lynnwood, Wash.) finished second in the men’s javelin throw with a top effort of 63.20 meters (207’ 4”). Kaytie Bateman (Chehalis, Wash.) finished third in the women’s javelin throw with a top effort of 35.30 meters (115’ 10”), and Katie Tougas (Edmonds, Wash.) ended up third in the women’s long jump after posting a leap of 5.39 meters (17’ 8.25”).

Valerie Wu (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) was sixth in the women’s long jump with a top effort of 5.09 meters (16’ 8.5”) and ninth in the 100 meter dash in 13.32 seconds. Bateman was seventh in the long jump at 5.01 meters (16’ 5.25”) and 10th overall in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.72 seconds. Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.) finished seventh overall in both the 200 meter dash in 26.48 seconds and in the 400 meter dash in 60.10 seconds.

Several members of the Redhawk track and field team competed in the Western Washington University Twilight Meet at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash., Friday. On the track, Madison Davis (Camano Island, Wash.) won the women’s one mile run in 4:58.60, Samuel Engle (Portland, Ore.) finished second in the men’s 400 meter hurdles in 56.01 seconds, and Haley Kruell (Portland, Ore.) finished 10th in the women’s 3000 meter run in 11:26.65.

In the field events, Bethany Richards (Shoreline, Wash.) finished fourth in the women’s hammer throw at 46.85 meters (153’ 8”) and eighth in the women’s shot put with a top throw of 10.77 meters (35’ 4”). Sara Blakely (Spokane, Wash.) finished sixth in the women’s discus throw with a top effort of 37.89 meters (124’ 4”), and Renate Wescott (Puyallup, Wash.) finished in a tie for 11th place in the hammer throw after a top toss of 41.29 meters (135’ 5”).

For the men, Devon Walker (Ventura, Calif.) finished 11th in the discus throw (39.81 meters – 130’ 7”), 12th in the hammer throw (40.69 meters – 133’ 6”), and 12th in the shot put (11.35 meters – 37’ 3”). Chris Scaffa (Lake Oswego, Ore.) finished ninth in the hammer throw with a best effort of 42.35 meters (138’ 11”), and Stephen Squatrito (Phoenix, Ariz.) cleared 4.10 meters (13’ 5.25”) in the pole vault, good enough for a tie for fourth place.

The Seattle University track and field team will participate in the Ken Shannon Invitational at the University of Washington next Saturday, May 4, starting at 9 a.m. The Redhawks will then head to Arlington, Texas, for the Western Athletic Conference Championships May 8-11.
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