HAYWARD, CALIF. – After spending March 28-30 competing at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic in Hayward, Calif., Seattle U track and field walks away from their second meet of the outdoor season with 24 personal records and several high-placing performances. The field consisted of athletes from 122 different collegiate programs, as well as a number of international and military entries.
For the women, a number of Redhawks stood out from the pack. Sophomore Elle Stein shaved nearly three and a half minutes from her previous best time in the 10k run, crossing the finish line in 37:29.61. In the 1500m run, junior Thea Foulk’s time of 4:55.37 beat her previous PR by almost 10 seconds and was good for second place in her flight. Four other competitors in the event also earned PRs: freshman Marie-Therese Chahrouri (4:52.21), freshman Fiona O’Leary (4:53.43), junior Emily O’Hara (4:55.44) and sophomore Megan Delorey (4:59.79). Senior Caylah Lunning took fifth place in the long jump with a leap of 5.37m, and freshman Regie Grady’s PR in the 400m dash (58.26) earned her second place in her flight.
The Redhawks’ lone female athlete in the 5k run, sophomore Courtney Gelmini (18:25.66), was able to surpass her previous personal-best time by over 35 seconds to finish second in her flight. Meanwhile, their only thrower, freshman Tallia Sova, put up two PR’s of her own in the discus throw (31.53m) and javelin throw (34.75m), the last of which was the second-best flight mark.
All three female competitors in the 100m dash ran personal bests. Sophomore Michaela Moore posted a time of 12.65, junior Laurel Mack-Wilson ran a 12.86, and junior Renee Soliman finished the race in 12.99. Freshman Nicole Golba set her own PR in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:06.70, which was the second-best time in her flight, and classmate Ellie Postma (2:15.66) ran her own best time in the 800m as she finished just behind junior Siobhan Rubio’s time of 2:14.51. Finally, in the 4x100m relay, the quartet of Soliman, Grady, junior Michelle Newblom, and Moore posted a composite mark of 48.64.
For the men, senior Cal Davidson-Turner starred in the 10k run, as his time of 31:04.98 was nearly a minute and 15 seconds better than his previous best time. Senior Eli Boudouris (9:07.54) also had an impressive race in the 3k steeplechase, falling just one second short of his own school record; sophomore Nathan Pixler (1:54.47) was in the same boat in the 800m run, only just missing his school record. In the 100m dash, both competitors had personal records: freshman Isaiah Payne’s 10.92 time was good for third place overall in the field, while fellow freshman Brant Yamamoto posted a time of 11.55. Junior Jarod De Guzman set a personal best of 50.61 the 400m dash, and two Redhawks (junior Steve Brown and freshman Lucas Milne) had their best times of their collegiate careers in the 400m hurdles. Brown’s time of 56.75 was good for fifth place overall, while Milne’s 57.31 mark came in just behind.
The men’s 1500m run featured some solid performances, leading with senior Jacques Hebert’s 3:51.31 finish. Junior Blake Delaney posted a time of 4:10.04, followed by senior Evan Talan (4:12.69) and freshman Epheson Giday (4:18.57); both Talan’s and Giday’s times were personal records. The 5k run concluded with another pair of PRs for Seattle U, as sophomore Kyle Kennedy (15:28.41) and freshman Stephen Crocker (16:07.47) successfully put their distance-running skills to the test. Lastly, in the 4x100m relay, the team of senior Alexandro Carrasco, Milne, freshman Zach Gonzalez, and Payne finished in fifth place with their mark of 43.22.
“We had a lot of great performances over the past three days,” said Head Coach Kelly Sullivan. “This meet gave us a good barometer to measure where we are at in each event.”
The Redhawks will take two weeks off from competition before heading to Lacey, Wash., for the St. Martin’s Jay Hammer Invitational on Saturday, April 13. The first events of the meet will start at 9:00 AM.