SEATTLE – During a two-day span that saw several athletes set new personal bests at the UW Invitational, it was senior Jacques Hebert that stole the show for Seattle U track and field as he set a new school record in the indoor mile run.
"I’m very happy for him, especially since he missed both the indoor and outdoor seasons last year,” said Head Coach Kelly Sullivan. “We’re excited to see what he is capable of this year, as there is no question that he is steadily improving.”
Hebert’s time of 4:13.53 was .07 seconds faster than the previous record, which had maintained its status as the Redhawks’ top mark for six years.
Sophomore Nathan Pixler also impressed, setting a personal record in the 800m run at 1:54.75 and finishing 17th out of the 36-man field. Fellow competitor, freshman Stewart Keene, also ran a personal best in the event with 1:56.92. Meanwhile, senior Cal Davidson-Turner set his own personal mark in the 5k, posting a time of 14:54.43 that shattered his previous finishes in that event.
Other competitors on the men’s side included freshman Isaiah Payne, who finished the 60m dash in 7.10, and senior Eli Boudouris, who ran the mile in 4:17.67. The Redhawks fielded two teams in the distance medley relay – the first (Davidson-Turner/junior Steve Brown/freshman Alex Franklin/freshman Ansel Pendley-Griffin) crossed the finish line in 10:35.57, while the second (freshman Stephen Crocker/freshman Lucas Milne/sophomore Devin Hasty/sophomore Kyle Kennedy) had a composite time of 10:39.37.
The Redhawk women featured three competitors in field events: senior Caylah Lunning (5.01m high jump), junior Renee Soliman (4.99m high jump) and sophomore Nicole Golba (10.55m triple jump). The rest of Seattle U’s entries were runners, including sophomore Michaela Moore, who finished the 60m dash in 8.15, junior Siobhan Rubio (2:17.69 in the 800m run), and freshman Ellie Postma, who posted a mile time of 5:12.15. Like the men, the women entered two teams in the distance medley relay: Team A (freshman Marie-Therese Chahrouri/freshman Chloe Deleissegues/junior Emily O’Hara/sophomore Rachel Kastama) completed the race in 12:43.92, and Team B (junior Thea Foulk/freshman Rachel Van Liew/junior Lisa Cooney/sophomore Elle Stein) finished second for the Redhawks in 13:00.84.
Next up, Seattle U travels to Pullman, Wash., for the Cougar Invitational on Feb. 1-2, which Coach Sullivan calls “a great opportunity.”
“We’ll take a good-sized group to Pullman next weekend,” he said. “We were able to get some individuals healthy for the UW Invitational, so we hope to continue that trend and have even more compete in this next meet.”