Seattle University is one of eight Western Athletic Conference schools sending a team to Arlington, Texas, to compete at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships this Wednesday through Saturday, May 8-11, at Maverick Stadium.
The meet will start with the multi-events competitions, the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon, on Wednesday and Thursday. Senior Kaytie Bateman (Chehalis, Wash.) and freshman Amanda Maddux (Gresham, Ore.) will participate in the women's heptathlon. At last year's Great West Conference Championships, Bateman finished third in the heptathlon with a school-record total of 4,042 points.
Friday, May 10, the meet kicks into full gear, starting with field events at 11 a.m. local time (9 a.m. Pacific time). Bethany Richards (Shoreline, Wash.) and Amanda Luna (Beavercreek, Ore.) will compete in the women's hammer throw, while Katie Tougas (Edmonds, Wash.) will take part in the women's long jump. In the men's javelin throw, Dylan Burnett (Lynnwood, Wash.) will look for a repeat of his effort from the 2011 Great West Conference Championships, when he earned Most Outstanding Performance honors after a school-record and championship-winning throw of 70.66 meters (231' 10").
The track events will start at 4 p.m. Friday with the finals of the 3000 meter steeplechase. Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.) enters the women's steeplechase with the second-fastest time in the conference this season, and she finished in second place in the event at the 2012 Great West Conference Championships.
The next seven track events will hold their preliminaries, starting with the 1500 meter run, where Collin Overbay (Spokane, Wash.) brings the third-fastest time among the entrants on the men's side. Madison Davis (Camano Island, Wash.) will look to qualify for the finals in both the 800 meter run and the 1500 meter run for the women, and Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.) will hope to pull off a similar double in the men's 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash.
The final track event Friday will be the 10,000 meter run. Lauren Hammerle (Seattle, Wash.) and Meghan Arigo (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) will look to compete for points in the women's race, while Matthew McClement (Bellingham, Wash.), Erik Barkhaus (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), and Graham Kinzel-Grubbs (Portland, Ore.) hope to be competitive in the men's event.
Saturday's action begins at 11 a.m. Central time with the rest of the field events. For the Redhawks, the man to watch will be freshman Shaddye Melu (Auburn, Wash.) as he looks to improve on his own school record in the high jump and establish a mark good enough to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The 4x100 meter relay will kick off the track action at 5 p.m. local time, with the Seattle U men looking for another conference title after winning the event at the 2012 Great West Conference Championships. The finals in the seven events that held preliminaries the previous day will be next, followed by the 5000 meter run, which will feature Mittelstaedt and Sophie Curatilo (Honolulu, Hawaii) on the women's side and McClement, Barkhaus, Overbay, and Baxter Arguinchona (Spokane, Wash.) for the men.
The traditional last event of the championships is the 4x400 meter relay. Tougas, Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.), Bateman, and Candice de Sauvage (Foster City, Calif.) will make up the women's quartet, while Austin Thummel-Gravitt (Puyallup, Wash.), Zachary Schlachter (Tigard, Ore.), Stanfield, and Melu will team up for the men.
LIve results throughout the four days of competition will be offered through the WAC's official website (www.wacsports.com).