The Seattle University track and field team capped off the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships by breaking the school records in both the men's and the women's 4x400 relays Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
First, the men's 4x400 meter relay quartet of Austin Thummel-Gravitt (Puyallup, Wash.), Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.), Shaddye Melu (Auburn, Wash.), and Zachary Schlachter (Tigard, Ore.) finished sixth in their event in 3:18.98, 3.43 seconds faster than the previous mark set on Jan. 31, 2009.
The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Katie Tougas (Edmonds, Wash.), Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.), Becca Lassere (Boise, Idaho), and Candice de Sauvage (Foster City, Calif.) put together a time of 4:01.59, 56/100ths of a second faster than the previous record set Feb. 13, 2011.
Individually, Stanfield scored for the Seattle U men's team, finishing sixth in the finals of the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.82 seconds. The Redhawk men would end up seventh in the team standings with 16 points, while the women finished eighth in their standings with five points. UTSA won the men's conference championship, but finished just behind Texas State for the women's title.
"We had a lot of strong performances today to close out the conference meet. Zach getting sixth in the 400 and both 4x4s running school records is great. We're moving up to the next step in terms of who our competition is. We learned a lot from this meet about our new conference and our goals moving forward. We are looking forward to building on our current foundation as we transition into the outdoor season," Seattle U head coach Trisha Steidl said.
Elsewhere on the track, Ryan Dennison (Pacifica, Calif.) was the top Redhawk in the men's 3000 meter run, finishing in 14th place with a time of 9:02.41. Baxter Arguinchona (Spokane, Wash.) finished in 20th place in 9:13.26, just ahead of Graham Kinzel-Grubbs (Portland, Ore.) in 21st place in 9:15.96. In the women's 3000 meter run, Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.) crossed the finish line with a time of 10:32.29, good enough for 16th place.
In the field events, Melu cleared 2.00 meters (6' 6.75") to finish in 10th place in the men's high jump. Cali Cull (Marysville, Wash.) improved each time she made an attempt in the triple jump, with her third and final jump ending at 11.14 meters (36' 6.75") to finish in 16th place.
The Seattle University track and field team is scheduled to participate in the UW Final Qualifier next Friday, March 1, starting at 6 p.m. at Dempsey Indoor. The first outdoor meet of the season for the Redhawks is the Oregon Preview at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, March 16.