SEATTLE – In what has become a familiar occurrence for Seattle U track and field fans, senior Jacques Hebert once again broke his own school record in the indoor mile on Friday, shaving nearly three seconds off his time from one week ago with a time of 4:09.62. He was not the only one to break that week-old mark, however, as sophomore Nathan Pixler posted a time of 4:10.98 in the same race, giving him the number two spot in modern school history. Hebert and Pixler led the way in a tremendous day for the Redhawks, who competed well in the Last Chance College Elite meet for their penultimate indoor performance of the season.
A number of competitors for Seattle U reached new personal bests, on both the women’s and men’s sides. For the women, sophomore Michaela Moore ran a 60m dash of 7.82, just missing out on the program record by .03 seconds. Juniors Renee Soliman (8.11) and Laurel Mack-Wilson (8.20) also recorded new personal records in the event. Sophomore Elle Stein ran her own PR of 10:47.34 in the much longer 3k race, followed by classmate Rachel Kastama (10:48.21) and junior Thea Foulk (10:53.05, a personal best). The field events saw a trio of freshmen reaching new heights, as Jami Tresselt (11.76m), Tallia Sova (10.68m) and Sylvia Hendrix (10.38m) all had their best collegiate performances to date in the weight throw; Hendrix also threw a personal-best 10.06m in the shot put.
Similar results manifested on the men’s side, without even counting the record-breaking times of Hebert and Pixler. Freshman Isaiah Payne ran the 60m dash in 6.96 seconds, only .04 over the Seattle U record. Senior Alexandro Carrasco posted a personal record in the 200m dash at 23.24 seconds, while freshmen Lucas Milne (51.50) and Zachary Gonzalez (51.61) recorded their own best times in the 400m and Ansel Pendley-Griffin (1:56.95) did the same in the 800m. In the 3k run, senior Eli Boudouris cut over three seconds from his former personal best, crossing the finish line at 8:21.97 – just 1.19 seconds over the school record.
“We had an amazing day, even with the snow keeping us from getting on the track all week,” said Head Coach Kelly Sullivan. “The team had to use treadmills and stationary bikes for practice. It was a good learning experience – no matter the obstacles, you can still be rewarded.
“I’m proud of our throwers, our sprinters, our jumpers and our distance runners – not to mention our coaches. We all feel great, mentally and physically, about the prep work we’ve done and will continue to do for the WAC Championships.”
With the arrival of conference indoor championships on Feb. 22-23, the Redhawks finally face the event that they have trained for all winter. Events start at 8:00 AM PST on both days.