LAWRENCE, Kan. – (May 11) On a hot, humid and windy day, Johanna Erickson took bronze in the 3000m steeplechase to highlight day three of the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Lawrence, Kan. Friday.
Erickson gives the Redhawks their second medal in as many days competing. Olivia Stein won gold in the 10k in day two, and Erickson kept it going with a strong performance to finish third.
Most events on Friday were qualifiers for the finals that will take place on Saturday. Siobhan Rubio qualified for the finals in the 800m with a second-place finish in her heat, and in the 400m dash, Keith Beasley also qualified for Saturday's finals.
In events that were final today, the Redhawks had Eli Boudouris finish in 4th place in the 3000m steeplechase. Caylah Lunning also scored for SU, finishing in 8th in the women’s long jump, while Kyle Kennedy scored in the men’s steeplechase with an eighth-place finish.
“Solid day overall today,” head coach Kelly Sullivan said. “We had a number of seasonal bests from our 100, 200 groups today. Caylah scoring in long jump and Cam Peters had a big day in high jump. I am really pleased with Johanna’s race. She got her first top 3 finish individually in conference which was a big goal. Eli came into the meet with a real chance of a top three finish, but unfortunately on our first day on Wednesday, he took a really bad fall on his run. He hurt his knee and hip, which affected his prep going into today when we didn't decide he was going to compete until 45 minutes before the race. The three days of emotional toll took a lot out of him, but he competed with a lot of heart. Also very pleased with true freshman Kyle Kennedy, who placed 8th in the steeplechase. We are very excited about tomorrow and we are focused on finishing on a high note.
Day four on Saturday will conclude the championship, which can be followed by clicking HERE.