May 4, 2007
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Nathan Heitzinger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) ran Seattle University's fastest 10,000 meter run in four years, while Daniel Sullivan (Tukwila, Wash.) led several qualifiers in the sprinting events with a new school record in the 400 meter hurdles on the first day of the GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday evening at Civic Stadium.
Seeded 17th coming into the conference meet, Heitzinger finished fifth in the 10,000 meter run in a time of 32:40.10, the quickest 10k run for a Redhawk since Steve Manos set the school record at the University of Oregon (31:00.95) on April 26, 2003. Heitzinger cut over a minute off his previous personal best of 33:45.7 that he ran here at Western Washington on April 3, 2005.
Sullivan broke the 54-second barrier in the 400 meter hurdles preliminaries, posting the event's top time of 53.80 seconds, which was half a second faster than the previous school record he established at the March 31 meet in Edmonds. Garrett Brown (Edmonds, Wash.) also qualified for the Saturday finals in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing seventh with a time of 56.30 seconds.
Tomi Keah (Austin, Texas) and Travis Glover (SeaTac, Wash.) qualified for the finals in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes. In the 100 meter dash, Keah finished fourth in 11.26 seconds, while Glover placed eighth in 11.44 seconds. The order was reversed in the 200 meter dash, as Glover, in seventh with a time of 22.72 seconds, finished ahead of Keah, who placed eighth in 22.79 seconds.
Nicholas Dols (Portland, Ore.) earned a spot in Saturday's 800 meter run final, finishing eighth in the preliminaries with a time of 1:56.27. The other Seattle University male to compete Friday evening was Loyal Allen, Jr. (Seattle, Wash.) in the 400 meter dash, but he failed to qualify for the finals, finishing 12th with a time of 51.40 seconds.
Only two females were in action for Seattle University Friday evening. Lindsay Currier (Beaverton, Ore.) fouled on all three attempts in the shot put and failed to register a result. In the preliminaries of the women's 400 meter hurdles, Courtney Cabebe (Kihei, Hawaii) finished 14th in a time of 1:11.86. Later in the evening, Cabebe failed to clear the opening height of the women's pole vault.
With five events complete, the Seattle University men, based on Heitzinger's performance as well as Brock Jahner's (Kalispell, Mont.) second place finish in the GNAC decathlon held almost two weeks ago, are tied for seventh with 12 points, but will pick up more thanks to the qualifications of Sullivan, Brown, Keah, Glover, and Dols. Jahner also returns to compete in the pole vault and javelin, while Nicholas Alvarado (San Francisco, Calif.) competes in the 5000 meter run. The Redhawks' 4x400 relay is seeded second, while the 4x100 relay is seeded third heading into Saturday's events.
Meanwhile, the Seattle University women have yet to earn a point through six completed events, but Currier will have a chance to redeem herself in the discus throw, plus Charisse Arce (Seattle, Wash.), Rhiannon Cadelinia (San Francisco, Calif.), Rachel Yorkston (Bellingham, Wash.), Natalie Martinez (San Francisco, Calif.), and Mara Becker (Fairbanks, Alaska) will also be in action.
On Saturday, the field events will start at 11 a.m., while the track events kick off at 11:10 a.m. with the women's 3000 meter run.