EDINBURG – (May 11) The Seattle U track and field team is already collecting medals in Edinburg, Tex.
In Day 2 of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Mandie Maddux officially became a four-time multi-event WAC Champion. Maddux took home gold in the heptathlon, breaking her own school record with 4,999 points.
She now holds a total of four gold medals from the WAC Championships: 2017 Outdoor heptathlon, 2016 Indoor pentathlon, 2016 Outdoor heptathlon, and 2015 Indoor pentathlon.
In the first day of heptathlon events, Maddux had claimed third in the 100 meter hurdles with a personal record time of 14.83, second in the high jump (1.64m), first in the shot put (11.73m), and eighth in the 200 meters (27.25). She led the multi-event after Day 1 with 2,981 points.
In Tuesday's events, Maddux started the day with an eighth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.07 meters (16-7.75).
Assistant coach Chad Pharis chalked up her “rough” start to the day to the inconsistent winds, causing her jumps to all be from behind the boards. However, Pharis said she stayed focused on javelin, the next event, knowing she was ready to have a personal record-setting day.
Maddux went on to break her own school record in the javelin with a mark of 41.72 meters (136-10) for a first-place finish in the event.
“After javelin, we discussed her two options, and left it up to how she felt,” Pharis said. “She ran a smart and tactical first 400 and decided to push for the 5,000 mark.”
She ended the day with a first-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:26.27 to secure her position as WAC Champion.
To recap, in just two days, Maddux finished in first place four times, broke two school records, and set another personal record.
Not a bad way to be ending her career as a Redhawk.
“I am extremely proud of Mandie and how she closed this chapter of her career at SU,” Pharis said. “She set her goals, and seven season-bests later, she achieved most of those goals.”
Head coach Trisha Steidl was proud of the senior on the team, as well. She can't wait to see what else Maddux will bring to the Championships.
"Mandie did a great job being prepared to defend her title in the heptathlon," Steidl said. "She's worked hard and been dedicated to finishing her senior year strong and it paid off well. I'm very happy for her and looking forward to seeing her continue to compete and finish things off strong like she started."
To complete the day, the men's and women's 10,000 meter runs were held. In just her second time racing in the event, Olivia Stein stood out from the crowd.
Stein grabbed second place in the event with a personal record time of 37:31.40. The silver medal is her first WAC medal.
"Olivia ran a smart, patient race," Steidl said. "She also ran with confidence. She did what we talked about and was ready to make a move when the time was right. This was the best race I've seen from her so far and I'm thrilled she was able to put it together at the Conference meet!"
On the men's side, Tyler Flannery scored a point for the team by finishing in eighth with a time of 33:14.69.
The WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships continue Friday in Edinburg with the preliminaries in most of the track events and the finals in the steeplechase and many field events.
The day will not be without some adversity.
"The heat in particular has a significant impact on the approach and mindset of the distance races in particular," Steidl said. "That along with humidity and wind impact everyone. It'll be important to make proper adjustments for the conditions to allow each person to compete to the best of their abilities."
Regardless, Steidl and the rest of the Redhawks are looking forward to seeing what Day 3 brings.
"I'm looking forward to seeing people compete intelligently and with grit and determination," Steidl said.