The student-athletes and coaches for the Seattle University track and field team came together at the Student Center on campus Friday, May 31, for the annual end-of-season team banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2013 campaign.
After a dinner program that featured a speech from Bill Roe, the former president of USA Track and Field and a long-time supporter of the sport in the Pacific Northwest, each coach said a few words about the season. Although 15 indoor and 11 outdoor school records were broken during the year, the focus of the coaches’ remarks were on the ability of the team to start thinking about what they need to do to be competitive after moving into the Western Athletic Conference.
Head track and field coach Trisha Steidl took some time to recognize each of the seniors on the 2013 squad. She thanked Erik Barkhaus (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), Kaytie Bateman (Chehalis, Wash.), Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.), Sara Blakely (Spokane, Wash.), Amanda Luna (Beavercreek, Ore.), Matthew McClement (Bellingham, Wash.), and Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.) for their significant contributions to the Redhawk program.
McClement was a double-award winner during the evening, receiving both the most valuable male athlete and most inspirational male athlete honors. He was a three-time First Team All-WAC performer during the track season, finishing third in the 5000 meter run at the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships before successive third-place finishes in the 10,000 meter run and 5000 meter run at the conference outdoor meet.
Bateman received the most inspirational female athlete award after working to break the school records in the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon during the WAC championship meets. Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.) earned the most valuable female athlete honor thanks in part to her victory in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The evening wrapped up with the announcement of the captains for the 2013-14 academic year. Dylan Burnett (Lynnwood, Wash.) and Lauren Hammerle (Seattle, Wash.) will return as captains and will be joined by Cali Cull (Marysville, Wash.) and Peter VanNuland (Newcastle, Wash.).
The Seattle University track and field team will begin its second year within the WAC, with the indoor championships taking place Feb. 26-28, 2014, in Moscow, Idaho, and the outdoor championships happening in Orem, Utah May 14-17, 2014.