SEATTLE - (Jan. 27) The Seattle University track and field team competed this weekend at the UW Invitational at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor, and saw many improvements from two weeks ago.

Friday night was highlighted by Olivia Stein’s 3000m run. Despite not having much training coming into the meet, Stein was still able to set a new PR, in what assistant coach Chad Pharis called a “smart, but gutsy race.”

“She raced very smart and kept herself in a good position throughout the race,” added Pharis. “It was the kind of start to the season we knew she was capable of having and will allow her to build towards some really great races as we approach the championship season for Indoor and into Outdoor.”

Pharis was also very pleased with the results from Saturday, and the way the team came together to support each other.

“Saturday, the team was very spread out,”Pharis said. “It was great to see those not competing in attendance to cheer, and others getting ready for their own events paying attention to everyone else.  It was a very good building day for the season with some stand out marks.”

After a great first meet two weeks ago, Siobhan Rubio continued to impress the coaches with her time in the 800m. She was just off of her PR, and came in second place of her heat.

Keith Beasley also performed well on the weekend. He finished in first place of his section in the 200m, and then fought to finish in second place of his section in the 400m. Pharris was very happy about Beasley’s and Rubio’s performances on day two.

”They are both gaining speed and will be in a great place to contend come Indoor Conference,” Pharis said.

Lance Slichko, only a freshman, also impressed the coaching staff with his time in the mile.

“Lance went out from the gun and put himself in a great position to race at the front and run a fast time,” Pharis noted. “He battled in a physical race to improve his PR and his time from 2 weeks ago by 4 seconds. It was a lot of fun to watch him compete and challenge his fellow competitors.” 

The SU jumpers competed well this weekend, and showed good, hard work.

“The Jumpers all had great days working on their consistency and applying the work we are doing in Practice,” said Pharis. “They all left with a good plan for the next couple of weeks for practice and are ready to put it all together.”

The Redhawks will look to continue to improve on the road to the WAC Indoor Championship, with another indoor meet in the Husky Classic on Feb. 9-10.