SEATTLE – In an unusual Husky Classic that was drastically shortened due to snowy weather, Seattle U track and field set two school records and marked several personal bests at the Dempsey Indoor facility on Friday. Senior Jacques Hebert broke his own indoor mile record, which he set just two weeks ago, with a time of 4:12.41, while sophomore Nathan Pixler (1:53.24) beat an 800m time that had lasted atop Seattle U’s all-time list for 12 years.
“Both Nate and Jacques were expecting to race on Saturday – it shows a lot that they were able to adjust to this change of schedule,” Head Coach Kelly Sullivan said, impressed.
All of the Redhawks’ freshman on the men’s side set personal records in their respective races. Isaiah Payne ran a 7.08 60m dash, and followed it up with a 22.51 200m time. In the 400m dash, Lucas Milne posted a time of 52.58, while Stewart Keene followed Pixler in the 800m run at 1:54.52. Seattle U’s other senior competitor, Eli Boudouris, came relatively close to a PR of his own in the 3k with 8:28.87.
On the women’s side, sophomore Michaela Moore kicked off the track events with a 60m dash time of 8.04. A trio of Redhawks entered the 400m event: senior Caylah Lunning (59.54) and freshmen Regie Grady (1:00.14) and Rachel Van Liew (1:02.37). Grady’s time was the personal best of her young collegiate career. Junior Siobhan Rubio finished the 800m in 2:17.77, and classmate Michelle Newblom posted 9.36 in the 60m hurdles. For the jumps, junior Renee Soliman (5.01m) and Lunning (5.00m) were neck-and-neck, while sophomore Nicole Golba had a final score of 10.22m in the triple jump.
“I am very proud of this group and the way they responded to change. It was a huge endeavor to complete a two-day meet in one day, and they displayed a lot of character in the way they responded,” Coach Sullivan said.
Seattle U will return to the Dempsey one last time before conference championships with the Last Chance College Elite Meet on Feb. 15.