OREM, UTAH – Senior Caylah Lunning tied her own school record to win the bronze medal in the long jump and sophomore Michelle Newblom qualified for the finals in the 100m hurdles with a school-record time of 14.51 to highlight day two of the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Utah Valley in Orem, Utah. Lunning joins freshman Nicole Whittern, who took bronze in the javelin throw on Thursday, as the Redhawks’ lone medal-winners going into day three; Newblom hopes to join them during the last day of competition tomorrow.
“We’re all so excited for Caylah and Coach Monroe,” said Head Coach Kelly Sullivan. “She had a big opening jump, which ended up being the one that earned her the medal. Michelle was running into a solid headwind, but she was able to break her own school record from last year and qualify for her first outdoor 100m hurdles final.”
The other Redhawk women also performed well, with junior Siobhan Rubio qualifying for the finals in the 800m run by posting a time of 2:15.03 – second in her heat. She was followed by freshman Ellie Postma, who finished at 2:17.62 in her first outdoor conference final. Freshman Nicole Golba also qualified for the finals in the 400m hurdles after her personal-best preliminary time of 1:04.76, and classmate Regie Grady (57.58) reached a PR of her own in the 400m run. To round things out on the women’s side, sophomore Michaela Moore ran the 100m dash in 12.32 and freshman Tallia Sova had a score of 11.04 in the shot put.
For the men, freshman Isaiah Payne led the way with a personal-best 21.65 in the 200m dash and a time of 10.93 in the 100m dash, good for third place in his heat. Sophomore Nathan Pixler and freshman Stewart Keene had solid 800m races, finishing in 1:55.16 and 1:55.51, respectively. In the 400m hurdles, junior Steve Brown had the best performance for the Redhawks at 55.76, with freshmen Lucas Milne (57.35) and William Sun (58.43) following behind. Finally, Seattle U entered three competitiors in the men’s 3k steeplechase to close out the night: senior Eli Boudouris (10:20.63) and freshmen Ansel Pendley-Griffin (10:50.09) and Stephen Crocker (11:19.83).
There is one more day of competition left, so Seattle U has no time to rest. “We have a full group competing tomorrow,” said Sullivan, “so I’m excited to see how this young squad responds.”
Day three’s first events will kick off at 12:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 11. The Redhawk competitors are as follows:
- 1500m run: seniors Jacques Hebert, Ben Monk and Evan Talan; freshman Ansel Pendley-Griffin
- 5k run: seniors Eli Boudouris, Cal Davidson-Turner, Jacques Hebert and Ben Monk; sophomore Kyle Kennedy
- 4x100m relay: freshman Brant Yamamoto/freshman Lucas Milne/junior Jarod De Guzman/freshman Isaiah Payne
- 4x400m relay: freshman Zach Gonzalez/freshman Stewart Keene/sophomore Nathan Pixler/freshman Isaiah Payne
- Triple jump: junior Kailan Claiborne
- 800m run (finals): junior Siobhan Rubio
- 1500m run: juniors Thea Foulk, Shannan Higgins and Emily O’Hara; freshman Marie-Therese Chahrouri
- 5k run: sophomore Rachel Kastama; freshmen Marie-Therese Chahrouri and Courtney Gelmini
- 4x100m relay: junior Michelle Newblom/senior Caylah Lunning/freshman Regie Grady/sophomore Michaela Moore
- 4x400m relay: senior Caylah Lunning/freshman Regie Grady/freshman Ellie Postma/junior Siobhan Rubio
- 100m hurdles (finals): junior Michelle Newblom
- 400m hurdles (finals): freshman Nicole Golba
- High jump: freshman Rachel Van Liew
- Discus throw: freshmen Tallia Sova and Jami Tresselt