NAMPA, IDAHO – Seattle U impressed in the first day of the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships as they earned two bronze medals, qualified seven different athletes for the Saturday finals in their respective events, and set 12 new personal records. Both the women’s and men’s distance relay teams finished in third place to earn their spot on the podium; the women (freshman Marie-Therese Chahrouri, senior Caylah Lunning, junior Siobhan Rubio and freshman Ellie Postma) finished in 12:20.49, while the men (sophomore Nathan Pixler, freshman Stewart Keene, senior Eli Boudouris and senior Jacques Hebert) completed the race in 10:23.33.
Two of the Redhawks’ women qualifiers for tomorrow will be competing in the 800m run: junior Siobhan Rubio (2:15.44) and freshman Ellie Postma (2:16.94), who shaved almost three and a half seconds from her previous personal best in the event. The other female qualifier, junior Michelle Newblom, had a school-record 60m hurdles time of 8.93 to place her among the race’s top finishers.
Sophomore Michaela Moore set personal records in two events: the 60m dash, in which she finished just .02 seconds over the program record with 7.81, and the 200m dash, in which she posted a time of 26.26. Three of Seattle U’s female freshmen set PR’s in the 400m dash: Regie Grady (59.92), Chloe Deleissegues (1:00.77) and Rachel Van Liew (1:01.40). Finally, to round out the Redhawk milestones, junior Emily O’Hara ran the 800m in 2:27.17 for a new personal best of her own.
To the surprise of none of his teammates, Jacques Hebert finished first in his heat and second overall in the men’s indoor mile at 4:18.59, earning him a spot in the finals. Nathan Pixler (1:55.78) also had a first-place finish in his 800m heat, while Stewart Keene joined him in the finals with a time of 1:55.20. Freshman Isaiah Payne was able to grab the last available spot in tomorrow’s 200m dash, running a 22.07 in the preliminaries and reaching a personal best.
Several of the other Redhawk men also set personal records, in addition to qualifying four. Sophomore Kyle Kennedy had the most impressive PR of the day, running 15:28.72 in the 5k and beating his old record by over 48 seconds. Not to be outdone by the women, two of Seattle U’s male freshmen also had personal bests in the 400m: Zachary Gonzalez (50.58) and Lucas Milne (51.33). Sophomore Devin Hasty finished off the slew of PR’s with a 1:58.80 800m run.
Head Coach Kelly Sullivan was thrilled with the day’s results. “I’m very pleased with the way we competed tonight,” he said. “We’re excited to see what else we can put together tomorrow.”
Saturday’s events pick right back up at 10:00 AM PT, with Seattle U’s first event – the men’s indoor mile - at 2:10 PM.