PORTLAND – (March 17) Steve Brown took first place in the 400m hurdles, leading the way for the Seattle University track and field team at the Lewis and Clark Spring Break Open Friday and Saturday in their first outdoor meet of the season.

Brown took first overall in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.45, and he wasn’t the only one with great finishes for the Redhawks.

“Overall a really strong start to the outdoor season across the board in all the event areas,” head coach Kelly Sullivan said. “Really pleased with the sprints, jumps, distance and relays for sure. Steve Brown won the 400m hurdles by a lot.”

On the women’s side, the 400m relay team took first in their section and second overall, giving the Redhawks 8 points. The relay team was made up by Renee Soliman, Michelle Newblom, Madison Lichter, and Caylah Lunning. Lichter, Lunning, and Johanna Erickson all took second place overall in their respective races. Lichter ran the 100m, Lunning the 400m, and Erickson recorded a personal best in the 800m. Lunning excelled in many events. Besides taking second in the 400m and 4 x100m relay, she took 6th overall in the long jump. Also in the long jump, Soliman finished in 5th place with a strong performance.

“Caylah and Renee both had really strong two days in the long jump, open 400 and then ran great legs on the 2nd place 400 relay team,” Sullivan said. “Overall, I am very pleased with all of our results.”

With Lunning taking 2nd in the 400m, the Redhawks crowded the top 5; Siobhan Rubio took third, and Soliman finished in 5th place.  Rubio’s time was a personal best.

Shannan Higgins took fourth overall in the 800m, and also won her section.

On the men’s side, Eli Boudouris ran a person best in the 800m and finished 4th overall. Cam Peters had a great day competing in the high jump, finishing in 3rd place overall.

Jordan Kenison competed in his first meet in a long time and surprised everyone with a 6th overall finish in the triple jump. Matt Seidel joined Kenison with a strong performance, finishing with a new personal best in the 1500m, and taking 6th overall.

With the firs outdoor meet gone, the Redhawks will now focus on the next meet: the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on March 30.