Klein, Burns Headline Final Day Of NWC Championships

Klein, Burns Headline Final Day Of NWC Championships

SALEM, Ore. – The Puget Sound track & field teams finished up the Northwest Conference Championships on Saturday, placing two more athletes on the All-NWC teams. The Logger men took fifth as a team with 64 points while the women took seventh with 41 points.

Alicia Burns and Matt Klein headlined the day as the Loggers All-NWC honorees. Burns took third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:19.50. Burns came in to the meet ranked 12th in the event but ran the second-fastest time in prelims on Friday before taking third in finals. Klein earned his second All-NWC honor of the meet in the 5k. After taking second in the 10k on Friday, Klein was third in Saturday's 5k with a 15:33.99.

The women's team racked up most of its points on Saturday. Elizabeth King was one of the Loggers top placers with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault.  King cleared 3.26 meters (10-feet, 8.25-inches) to take fourth while Sunny Lewis was seventh, clearing 2.96 meters (9-feet, 8.5-inches).

Sierra Grunwald scored a few more points for the Loggers with a sixth place finish in the 1500m with a time of 4:47.67. Harper also took sixth in the 400m hurdles, clocking a 1:08.65.

The Loggers relays tacked on some more points with the 1600m relay team taking third with a 4:04.10. The 400m relay team took sixth.

Allanah Whitehall finished inside of 0.7 seconds of the winner in the 200m dash and was seventh in the event with a 26.87. Meg Gilberstson's 1:00.88 in the 400m also took seventh as did Kathryn Flyte's 18:39.56 in the 5k.

Most of the men's points came in yesterday's field events and timed finals although the Loggers tallied a few more on Saturday. Justin Higa scored points for the second time this weekend with a seventh place finish in the 5k. He finished with a time of 15:59.57. Higa also scored in the 10k yesterday.

Jon Lee had the Loggers top finish of the day, taking sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 13.35 meters (43-feet, 9.75-inches). Josh Seekatz also took seventh in the 1500m with a 4:05.42, which was a personal best and the second scoring event of the weekend for Seekatz.

The men's 400m relay team took sixth while the 1600m relay team took seventh.

The Loggers season comes to a close for the most part with the end of the NWC Championships. Joe Cerne will look to stay in line for a bid to the NCAA Championships in the decathlon. He currently holds the fourth-best decathlon score in Division III.