CORVALLIS, ORE. –Seattle U track and field’s 4x100 women’s relay team reached a preseason goal and broke the outdoor program record for the event in an eventful two days at the Oregon State High Performance Meet, held from April 26-27 at the Whyte Track and Field Center in Corvallis, Ore. The relay squad consisted of junior Michelle Newblom, sophomore Michaela Moore, freshman Regie Grady and senior Caylah Lunning, who combined for a time of 47.75 to take first place in the field.
“We knew that we had the capability to break that record,” said Assistant Coach Chad Pharis. “This was the first time that this particular group of four ran together, so for them to set the record was very impressive.”
12 women in total set personal records. Newblom’s 14.55 time in the 100m hurdles earned her a third-place spot and was a personal best, as well as the ninth-best time in the Western Athletic Conference this season. For the 400m hurdles, freshmen Nicole Golba (1:05.86) and Alex Howerton (1:10.41) both set PR’s and earned the 12th- and 16th-best conference marks for the season. The sprint events also featured a number of top performances, with Moore taking fourth place in the 100m dash with a 12.23 and fifth in the 200m dash (25.93), reaching PR’s for both, while Lunning (25.88) earned third place in the 200m dash and Grady (58.43) took fourth in the 400m dash. The middle- and long-distance runners had similar success; junior Emily O’Hara set a personal record in the 800m run with a mark of 2:25.55 and another personal best in the 1500m run (4:52.55), as sophomore Rachel Kastama set her own PR with a 5k time of 17:53.46. Finally, the throwers set four separate personal records, as freshman Jami Tresselt threw 37.58m in the hammer throw and 32.86m in the discus throw, while classmate Tallia Sova had an 18th-best conference mark in the shot put at 11.42m and sophomore Jamie Hegg scored 29.11m in the javelin throw.
Senior Jacques Hebert had a 2019 WAC-best time of 3:50.11 in the 1500m run, and a personal-best 800m run of 1:56.35 (16th-best WAC time of the season). Eight other Redhawk men reached new personal records of their own. Freshman Isaiah Payne gave two stellar performances – a fifth-place 10.72 100m dash that was the 10th-best WAC mark of the year and just .13 seconds shy of the program record, and a fourth-place 21.67 200m dash that ranked eighth-best on the 2019 WAC performance list. Classmate Brant Yamamoto also notched two PRs with a 11.43 in the 100m dash and a 23.47 in the 200m dash, while senior Alexandro Carrasco had a career-high 400m time of 52.48. In the 1500m run, freshman Epheson Giday had his best time of the season at 4:16.50, and sophomore Kyle Kennedy also ran his most impressive 5k yet with a 15:25.20. Freshman William Sun set a PR in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.86; finally, the 4x100 relay team (Yamamoto, freshman Lucas Milne, junior Jarod DeGuzman, and Payne) won second place in the event with their 42.32 combined mark.
“We had a lot of season-bests and personal records this weekend,” said Pharis. “Two weeks out from the conference championships is when you hope to see things coming together, so we’re all very encouraged.”
The Redhawks have just one more stop before the WAC Outdoor Championships: the Ken Shannon Invitational at the Husky Track in Seattle. All events will take place on May 4, with the first starting at 10:00 a.m.