NAMPA, IDAHO – Sophomore Nathan Pixler earned the gold medal in the 800m finals and five more Redhawks set personal records on Saturday as the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships came to a close. Earlier this year, Pixler set the school record for the 800m at 1:53.24 – his time on Saturday (1:53.39) was just .15 seconds away from meeting that mark.
“Nathan’s win was definitely a highlight,” said Head Coach Kelly Sullivan.
In the men’s 200m dash, freshman Isaiah Payne set a new personal record with 22.00 even, while sophomore Kyle Kennedy (9:05.00) and freshman Stephen Crocker (9:18.79) had their own PR’s in the 3k run. The 3k also featured seniors Eli Boudouris (8:36.94), Ben Monk (8:43.66) and Cal Davidson-Tunrer (8:49.11), who were all competing in their last WAC Indoor Championships. Rounding out the men’s side, freshman Stewart Keene finished the 800m in 1:56.09, senior Jacques Hebert had a time of 4:24.65 in the mile run finals, and the 4x400m relay team (senior Alexandro Carrasco, Isaiah Payne, freshman Zachary Gonzalez and freshman Lucas Milne) finished their race in 3:24.79.
For the women, sophomore Rachel Kastama (10:36.59) had the most impressive PR of the night, eliminating almost 12 seconds from her previous best time in the 3k run; Freshman Marie-Therese Chahrouri ran a personal best time in the same event at 10:40.31. Two other Redhawk women ran the 3k on Saturday – sophomore Elle Stein (10:47.71) and junior Thea Foulk (11:05.21). Meanwhile, junior Michelle Newblom, who broke the school record yesterday in the 60m hurdles, had a time of 8.95 in the finals for the event. Freshmen Ellie Postma (2:17.70) and junior Siobhan Rubio (2:19.41) competed in the 800m run, and in the last women’s even of the night, the 4x400m relay team (senior Caylah Lunning, freshman Regie Grady, sophomore Nicole Golba and freshman Rachel Van Liew) finished in 4:00.30.
“Overall, it was a successful weekend,” Sullivan said. “Last year, we scored in nine total events – this year, we scored in 15. I was thrilled to see that there was a balance in scoring, from mid-distance, long-distance and sprints to hurdles, jumps and relays. Caylah, Jacques, Eli, Ben and Alexandro all capped their senior indoor seasons by earning points for the team, which is always great to see.
"We also had a lot of freshmen competing and getting their first taste of conference competition, which is invaluable experience. I’m excited to see what the outdoor season brings – we left a lot of former scorers and young talents at home, so we’re all eager to see what they can bring to the table this spring.”
Seattle U gets a nice long break before their first outdoor meet – the Lewis and Clark Invitational in Portland, Ore., which is held from March 15-16. Redhawk fans can look forward to some exciting performances in the days to come, as some fresh faces make their 2019 debut.
Seattle U Scorers (Top Eight Overall in Event) - WAC Indoor Championships, Day 2
Nathan Pixler - First place 800m
Eli Boudouris - Fourth place 3k
Alexandro Carrasco/Isaiah Payne/Zachary Gonzalez/Lucas Milne - Fifth place 4x400m relay
Jacques Hebert - Seventh place Mile
Stewart Keene - Seventh place 800m
Caylah Lunning/Regie Grady/Nicole Golba/Rachel Van Liew - Seventh place 4x400m relay
Ben Monk - Seventh place 3k
Isaiah Payne - Seventh place 200m
Ellie Postma - Seventh place 800m
Michelle Newblom - Eighth place 60m hurdles
Siobhan Rubio - Eighth place 800m