NAMPA, Idaho – (Feb. 24) The Seattle University track and field team collected two more medals on Saturday as the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships concluded after the three-day tournament.
After collecting two gold medals and a bronze on day two, the Redhawks were looking to add to their winnings, and they did just that. The team had many student-athletes who qualified for the finals on Saturday and capitalized.
Siobhan Rubio ran a terrific race in the 800m and finished in third place to take home the bronze medal with a time of 2:15.37.
Olivia Stein was coming off a bronze medal performance in the 5,000m on Friday, and didn't stop there. Running in the 3,000m, Stein qualified to the final round with 33 other athletes and conquered her second medal in as many days. Her third place finish earned her the bronze medal. Johanna Erickson added to the lisf of strong performances with a sixth place finish the mile run.
The women's 4x400m relay team earned points for Seattle U with a 7th place finish, while the men also ran a strong race in the same event and finished in 6th. The women's team consisted of Caylah Lunning, Jaime Hegg, Abby Wachter, and Renee Soliman. Kailan Claiborne, Steve Brown, Keith Beasley, and Alexandro Carrasco made up the men's squad.
The men's side started with the mile run, where the Redhawks had three athletes competing. Eli Boudouris came in just shy of a medal, finishing in fourth place, Matthew Seidel finished in sixth, and Lance Slichko followed with a 7th place finish.
On Friday, Seidel also qualified for the finals in the 3,000m, and on Saturday, he finished in ninth place.
"Three solid days," head coach Kelly Sullivan said. "Olivia medalist both days was definitely a highlight. Siobhan showed a lot of heart as she got pretty sick over the weekend but still came out third in 800 and helping DMR (distance medley relay) to win. The 3 men milers of Eli, Matt and Lance scored as did Johanna in women's mile and along with winning DMR night before. Both 1600m relays scored end of the meet to finish off the meet for us. The WAC projected our women would score 13 points and instead we got 33, while the men projected 8 more points overall. All you can ask is out perform projections so into outdoor and keep building."
Overall, the Redhakws saw good improvements all across the board and earned two gold medals, and three bronze in the tournament.
Outdoor season starts March 16 at the Lewis and Clark Spring Break Open.