OREM, UTAH – Seattle U track and field finished competition at the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday with a number of solid performances and a new school record. Junior Michelle Newblom, freshman Regie Grady, senior Caylah Lunning and sophomore Michaela Moore posted a composite time of 46.85 in the 4x100m relay, beating their own program record by 0.90 seconds, to provide the main highlight of the day for the Redhawks.
“All of our relay teams competed very well to score for us,” said Head Coach Kelly Sullivan. “There were strong fields all across the board, and we had some great finishes.”
Junior Siobhan Rubio took fourth place in the 800m run finals with a time of 2:12.60, just shy of her personal best, while freshman Nicole Golba also scored with an eighth-place finish of 1:06.46 in the 400m hurdles finals and junior Michelle Newblom posted a sixth-place 14.80 in the 100m hurdles finals. Freshman Marie-Therese Chahrouri had the fastest time of any Redhawk in the 1500m run at 4:52.45, while junior Emily O’Hara’s time of 4:57.94 was third-best in her heat and classmate Thea Foulk followed at 5:21.03. The 5k run had two Seattle U entries in sophomore Rachel Kastama (18:41.85) and freshman Courtney Gelmini (19:59.99), as did the discus throw – freshman Tallia Sova finished with a score of 33.65m, and classmate Jami Tresselt posted 33.36m. In the high jump, freshman Rachel Van Liew had a score of 1.53m, and in the 4x400m relay, Grady, Rubio, Lunning and freshman Ellie Postma finished in 3:55.16.
In all, Seattle U’s women finished the WAC Outdoor Championships in seventh place, with host Utah Valley’s women taking the conference title.
On the men’s side, senior Jacques Hebert ran a fourth-place 3:55.79 in the 1500m run, and was followed by classmates Ben Monk (4:06.55) and Evan Talan (4:34.83). Saturday’s other distance runners also posted respectable times in the 5k run, with sophomore Kyle Kennedy crossing the finish line in 16:19.00 and senior Cal Davidson-Turner doing so in 16:23.56. The Redhawks entered freshman Brant Yamamoto, freshman Lucas Milne, junior Jarod De Guzman and freshman Isaiah Payne into the 4x100m race, where they finished in a fourth-place and season-best 42.06. In the 4x400m relay, freshman Zach Gonzalez, freshman Stewart Keene, sophomore Nathan Pixler and Payne combined for a time of 3:22.90. Finally, junior Kailan Claiborne had a final score of 12.25m in the triple jump.
At the end of the meet, the Seattle U men landed in eighth place as a team, while Grand Canyon finished first in the championships.
Sullivan is excited about the year ahead. “The majority of the team is returning next season, and we got a ton of experience this year – we are going to work on getting a lot better. I’m thrilled with the work of our entire staff, and will definitely miss our graduating seniors.
“The future,” he finished, “looks bright.”