After posting a personal best in the women's weight throw, senior Amanda Luna (Beavercreek, Ore.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete on GoSeattleU.com for the week of Jan. 28, 2013.
At the UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor last Saturday, Luna posted a top effort of 13.67 meters (44' 10.25") on her first attempt of the day in the weight throw, which tied the school record shortly before it was broken by her teammate. The throw was two feet and seven inches further than Luna's previous personal best in the event, set two weeks previous at the UW Indoor Preview.
Luna began her track career at Seattle U by participating in the jumping events, competing in both the long jump and the triple jump at the 2010 Great West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Last year she added the throwing events into her repertoire, participating in the shot put, weight throw, and hammer throw at the various conference championships.
"Amanda's performance this past week is a result of all the hard work she has put in and serves as just a small sample of what is to come. In just little over the year she has been with the throws, Amanda has emerged as a leader through her diligence in both the ring and the classroom. I look forward to what is to come as we prepare to take on the rest of the WAC," assistant track and field coach Gianpaolo Licata said.
In the classroom, Luna has maintained a 3.627 grade point average as an accounting major. She is a peer mentor within the Albers School of Business and Economics and also runs the on-court promotions that take place during Redhawk basketball games at KeyArena and the Connolly Center.
The Seattle University track and field team returns to Dempsey Indoor during the weekend of Feb. 8-10, competing in the Husky Classic Feb. 8-9 and the UW Open Feb. 10. The Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships will take place in Albuquerque, N.M., Feb. 21-23.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances in competition and in the classroom.