AZUSA, CALIF. – Seattle U track and field closed out one of their two meets on Friday night with a new school record and a number of personal bests after three days at the Bryan Clay Invitational, hosted by Azusa Pacific. Senior Caylah Lunning leaped an incredible 5.76m to clinch sole possession of the Seattle U outdoor long jump record, which has stood unchallenged since 2011.
"Caylah has been working very hard on her long jump technique in order to get the most out of each jump," said Assistant Coach Chad Pharis. "It's great to see it really come together after all the energy that she's put in."
In all, 11 different Redhawks had PR’s in their respective events.
Eight women in total competed for Seattle U. Sophomore Michaela Moore kicked things off in the 100m dash with a personal record of 12.32, while junior Siobhan Rubio and freshman Ellie Postma achieved PR’s of their own in the 800m with times of 2:12.12 and 2:14.75, respectively. Both freshman Nicole Golba and junior Michelle Newblom had personal records in the 400m hurdles, with respective times of 1:05.90 and 1:10.74. Newblom also ran in the 100m hurdles, finishing in 15.46. Freshman Marie-Therese Chahrouri nearly matched her personal best time in the 1500m run, coming in at 4:47.87. Finally, freshman Regie Grady finished the 400m dash at 58.53, and Lunning capped off her day with a 25.43 200m dash.
For the men, freshman Stewart Keene finished just 0.16 seconds short of a school record with a personal-best time of 1:53.56 in the 800m run. Classmate Isaiah Payne continued his stellar season with a blazing 10.88 in the 100m dash – another personal record. Not to be outdone, fellow freshmen Zach Gonzalez and Lucas Milne also posted PRs – Gonzalez with a 50.39 400m dash and Milne with 56.60 in the 400m hurdles. Junior Steve Brown came in just ahead of Milne in the 400m hurdles at 56.30, while sophomore Nathan Pixler finished just behind Keene in the 800m run at 1:55.04 and junior Jarod DeGuzman (51.27) chased Gonzalez in the 400m dash. The 1500m run finished the day's events - senior Jacques Hebert crossed the finish line at 3:50.50, freshman Ansel Pendley-Griffin ran a personal-best 3:56.29, and senior Ben Monk came in close behind at 4:01.29.
Two Redhawks also competed at the nearby Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif., held from April 18-19. Senior Cal Davidson-Turner finished the 10k run in 31:58.70, and fellow senior Eli Boudouris posted a time of 9:14.17 in the 3k steeplechase.
Next, Seattle U will compete at the Oregon State High Performance meet in Corvallis, Ore., from April 26-27.