After finishing as Seattle University’s top runner at the UW/SU Open last Friday, Aug. 30, at Magnuson Park, sophomore Nathan McLaughlin (Puyallup, Wash.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
McLaughlin crossed the finish line first among the Seattle U competitors, posting a time of 22:44.93 to place 11th overall. That mark was over 36 seconds faster than the time he ran in last year’s event over the same 4.5-mile course. It was the first time in his collegiate career that McLaughlin finished as the team’s top runner.
Over the past year, McLaughlin has shown significant improvement during both the cross country and track and field seasons. He ran the mile during indoor track and field with a season-best mark of 4:21.16, while his best time in the 1500 meter run during the outdoor season was 4:01.81 at Oregon State’s meet.
“Nathan came into preseason camp a couple of weeks ago with a lot more confidence, and that is already showing in his performances,” Seattle U head cross country coach Trisha Steidl said. “I expect him to get stronger as the season goes along and to be a significant contributor to the team’s success.”
McLaughlin is majoring in general science and compiled a 3.478 grade point average during his first year at Seattle U. He received Academic All-WAC recognition in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field after completing his freshman campaign with the Redhawks.
The Seattle University cross country team is preparing for the Sundodger Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington Saturday, Sept. 14, at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. The women’s six-kilometer invitational race for Division I teams is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., followed by the men’s eight-kilometer invitational race at approximately 11:35 a.m.