PULLMAN, WASH. – Seattle U track and field pushed themselves above and beyond at the Cougar Indoor meet on Feb. 1-2, thrilling both fans and teammates with a number of high-ranked finishes and numerous personal bests in multiple events.
The 800m run was the men’s standout event, with freshman Stewart Keene (1:58.79) and Alex Franklin (1:58.84) taking first and second place in the field. Sophomore Devin Hasty followed closely behind with a time of 2:00.78, good for sixth place. In the mile run, senior Ben Monk earned fifth place, crossing the finish line at a personal-best 4:26.00. Classmate Cal Davidson-Turner also earned fifth place in the 3k, and the four-man team of freshman Lucas Milne, freshman Isaiah Payne, Stewart Keene and senior Alexandro Carrasco earned second place in the 4x400m relay with a composite time of 3:31.31. Carrasco (24.04) also earned a respectable 10th place for Seattle U in the 200m dash, while Milne was the Redhawks’ top finisher in the 400m dash with a time of 53.94.
For the women, senior Caylah Lunning ran 26.22 in the 200m dash, earning another first-place win for the Redhawks. The women’s 800m run was also a tremendous event for the team, as junior Siobhan Rubio (2:20.25) took second overall and freshman Ellie Postma (2:20.30) found herself in fourth place; in the same event, junior Emily O’Hara set a personal record at 2:23.56. The four-woman tandem of freshman Nicole Golba, Caylah Lunning, Siobhan Rubio, and freshman Chloe Deleissegues completed the 4x400m relay in 4:10.04, good for first place in another splendid finish for Seattle U.
Junior Michelle Newblom achieved a new personal best in the 60m hurdles at 9.22 seconds, which was also the third-best time in the field. Caylah Lunning earned another high-ranking finish with a fifth-place 5.32m in the long jump. Freshman Regie Grady, competing in her first collegiate meet, nabbed sixth place in the 400m dash with a time of 1:01.56, while freshman Tallia Sova had a personal-best 11.48m in the shot put and a seventh-place finish in the event. Rounding out the Redhawks’ slew of personal record-setters were junior Renee Soliman (8.30 in the 60m dash), Nicole Golba (9.69 in the 60m hurdles) and freshman Jami Tresselt (11.09m in the weight throw).
“This is exactly what we had hoped for,” said Head Coach Kelly Sullivan. “We had some top efforts on the track, despite a flat 200m with very tight, long turns and a surface that's crumbling and slippery. Because of that, we didn't expect great times or marks, but a good old-fashioned head-to-head competition - and that's exactly what we got. We had a lot of very encouraging results across the board. Both teams are getting ready for the indoor conference finals in three weeks, where we are hoping to have our best meet ever.”
Before then, however, Seattle U has two more meets. Next, they return to the Dempsey Indoor facility on Feb. 8-9 for the Husky Classic.