SEATTLE – In their first meet of the 2019 indoor season, Seattle U track and field made their mark on Saturday in front of a sizeable crowd at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor facility, with three student-athletes setting personal records in their events and a slew of new faces wearing the Redhawks’ red and black.
The men kicked off their running events with the 60m dash, with freshmen Isaiah Payne and Brant Yamamoto running 7.10 and 7.33 seconds, respectively. Payne returned to race the 200m dash along with senior Alexandro Carrasco - Payne finished with 22.73, while Carrasco finished with 23.75.
Juniors Kailan Claiborne (52.85) and Steve Brown (52.88) were the stars of their heat in the 400m run, with Claiborne racing back from far behind to take first place in a thrilling finish. Freshman Stewart Keene made his debut in the 600m run, posting a time of 1:22.71, while sophomore Nathan Pixler finished the event in 1:23.05. The mile run featured senior Jacques Hebert, who placed second in his 10-man heat at 4:21.74, and freshman Ansel Pendley-Griffin, who finished in 4:23.08.
Seniors Eli Boudouris (8:25.11), Cal Davidson-Turner (8:43.96), and Ben Monk (9:02.48) challenged many talented runners in the 3000m run, with Boudouris and Davidson-Turner both posting personal records. Seattle U’s team in the 4x400m relay, composed of freshman William Sun, Brown, sophomore Devin Hasty and Keene, posted a collaborative time of 3:32.43.
On the women’s side, sophomore Michaela Moore and junior Renee Soliman took on the 60m dash, finishing with respective times of 8.01 and 8.50. Senior Caylah Lunning (26.81), along with Moore (27.19), competed hard in the 200m dash, while freshman Chloe Deleissegues ran the 400m dash in 1:01.51.
Junior Siobhan Rubio, hoping to build upon a stellar sophomore season, finished the 600m run in 1:37.85 for the Redhawks. In the 1000m run, freshman Ellie Postma ran a 3:03.39, followed by junior Emily O’Hara at 3:13.85. Sophomore Elle Stein set a new personal record in the 3000m run with 10:49.76 to finish off the women’s distance events. Finally, the 60m hurdles featured junior Michelle Newblom and sophomore Nicole Golba, who respectively finished in 9.50 and 9.99 seconds.
The women’s field events began with Lunning (4.97m) and freshman Sophia Heyman (4.59m) competing in the long jump, followed by freshman Jami Tresselt’s (10.83m) entry in the weight throw. In the high jump, freshman Rachel Van Liew and junior Laurel Mack-Wilson posted scores of 1.45m, with freshman Rowan Cuadrado slightly behind at 1.40m. Another Seattle U freshman debuted in the shot put, as Tallia Sova posted a throw of 10.72m.
"Gaining this kind of experience early in the season helps bring a focus to practice that is unrivaled," said Assistant Coach Chad Pharis. "It was a great day of competition for us today, especially with this being the first collegiate indoor meet for so many on the team. We are all looking forward to the next meet in two weeks where we can build off of today's successes; we also expect to get a few more people ready to compete, so we can be at full strength."
The Redhawks return to action at the UW Invitational, which will be held from Jan. 25-26 at the Dempsey Indoor facility.