After leading the Seattle University cross country team with a fourth-place finish at last Saturday’s Emerald City Open, senior Lauren Hammerle (Seattle, Wash.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
Running in the Emerald City Open for the fourth and final time in her collegiate career, Hammerle posted a time of 22:19.5, three minutes faster than her previous personal best over the difficult Lower Woodland Park course. She was the second collegiate runner to cross the finish line Saturday and led the Redhawks to a victory over Portland State in the matchup of Division I squads scoring in the meet.
Hammerle, a two-year captain for the Redhawks, was the top Seattle U finisher in an event for the second time this season, previously leading her team at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Ore., on Oct. 5 with a 40th-place finish in 17:59, a personal best over five kilometers. She set her six-kilometer personal best time earlier this season at the Sundodger Invitational, finishing in 19th place overall with a mark of 21:50.
“Lauren has worked very hard on both her physical fitness and her mental tenacity. We spent quite a bit of time talking about how to approach this season, both as a full team and for her individually, and she's really stepped up and paid attention to the little things that make a big difference. Everyone who steps on the start line is fit. It's all about who can be mentally toughest and dig deepest and she's really taken that to heart. It shows in her every time she's racing and the results speak for themselves,” Seattle U head cross country coach Trisha Steidl said.
In the classroom, Hammerle is a double major in humanities for teaching and French with a current 3.699 grade point average. She was named Academic All-Great West in cross country in 2011 as well as Academic All-WAC for outdoor track and field last June.
“On top of reaching this level of physical and mental fitness, she is also focused and tough in the classroom. She works hard and is the queen of balancing academics and athletics,” Steidl continued. “I'm very proud of her, how hard she's worked, and how far she's come in her time here at SU. This is going to be an incredible year for her all around and I'm excited to continue working with her to help her make some incredible things happen.”
Hammerle will lead her teammates into the Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 2, at Jefferson Park Golf Course. The men’s eight-kilometer race will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the women’s five-kilometer event at 10 a.m.
The members of the women’s cross country team who did not clinch a spot at the Emerald City Open for the Redhawk squad competing at the WAC Championships will participate in the Beaver Classic at Avery Park in Corvallis, Ore., this Friday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. There will not be any members of the Seattle U men’s cross country team competing this weekend, as all spots for the WAC Championships have been determined.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances both in the classroom and in competition.