MOSCOW, Idaho—Two Puget Sound school indoor track and field records fell at the Vandal Open Saturday as the women's 4x400m relay set a new best in the event and Alicia Burns extended her own school record in the 800m run. Also, Logger athletes set 20 indoor top-10 marks at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.
Puget Sound's 4x400 meter relay A squad set the school mark by running in 4:12.42, eclipsing the old school record set in 2011 by nearly three seconds. Burns, Meg Gilbertson, Mara Cummings, and Melissa Motyer ran the record-breaking time for the Loggers, a team that took first in their heat and fourth overall in the event. A second 4x400 relay ran for Puget Sound as the team of Anna Joseph, Sierra Grunwald, Mary Dwigans, and Molly Bradbury finished in 4:49.07.
Burns set another school mark Saturday as well, extending her hold on the 800m run title. She ran the distance in 2:20.43 at the Vandal Open, beating her previous mark of 4:21.96 set at the UW Preview Jan. 18. She took third in the event, beating out a handful of Division I and II runners.
Numerous other Loggers saw school top-10 times at the Vandal Open Saturday. Kathryn Flyte set two of them, running the 3,000 meter run in 10:23.46, the second-best time indoor time for Puget Sound. She also tallied the fourth-best time in the mile run, putting up a mark of 5:22.54 in that discipline. Also running the mile, Grunwald tallied a time of 5:33.92, the seventh-best school indoor mark, and Jess Wiken ran the distance in 5:40.68.
Two other long distance runners competed for the Loggers as Bradbury ran the 3000m run in 11:18.59 and Taili Ni ran the race in 11:28.53.
Like Flyte, Cummings set an indoor second-best mark as she ran the 400 meter dash in 1:02.09. That time is second to only Andrea Leiken's 58.75 mark set in 2012. Two other Loggers ran the 400m dash: Gilbertson tallied a time of 1:03.85 – the sixth-best time in school history – and Motyer put up a 1:07.39 mark.
A pair of Logger sprinters also broke into the school's indoor top 10. Joseph tallied Puget Sound's fourth-best time in the 60m dash with a mark of 8.60 and the fifth-fastest time in the 200m with a mark of 28.07. Dwigans got onto the list in the 60m dash, running in 9.10, the ninth-fastest time in school history. She also ran the 200m in 30.48.
In field events, Sunny Lewis cleared 10 feet in the pole vault, the fourth-highest clearance in school indoor history. Maggie Rowe also competed in high jump for the Loggers, clearing a height of 4 feet, 11 inches.
The Logger men also rewrote their indoor top 10 list with Paul Webster tallying the second-fastest 200 meter dash time with a mark of 23.61. Everett West was just four-hundredths of a second behind Webster, running the race in 23.65 and the third-fastest time in school history. Also competing in the 200 meter dash was Graham Cobb with a time of 24.42 and Michael Westbrooks.
West also ran the third-fastest 60 meter dash in school history, running the race in 7.40. Cameron Braithwaite was four-hundredths of a second behind him as well, tying for the sixth-fastest Puget Sound time in the discipline. Five other Loggers competed in the 60m dash as Cobb ran the race in 7.51, Webster ran it in 7.56, Ross MacAusland in 7.61, Joe Cerne in 7.80, and Zal Robles wrapped up Puget Sound involvement in the race with an 8.06 mark.
Rounding out the sprint distances, Robles ran the 60 meter hurdles in 10.43, the fifth-fastest time in school indoor history. Three Loggers ran the 400 meter dash and Matt Wines led the way for those three, running in 53.63 to just make the top-10 list in 10th place. Westbrooks also competed with a mark of 53.74 and Todd Detweiler earned a time of 54.05.
In the shot put, Chandler Breaux threw for a total of 42 feet, 1.25 inches, the third-best distance in school history. Reilyn Garton trailed Breaux by just eight inches, putting up a mark of 41 feet 5.75 inches on his farthest shot.
Two multi-event specialists competed in field events for the Loggers. Braithwaite tallied the fourth-longest long jump in school indoor history with a leap of 20 feet, 7.75 inches and cleared a height of 12 feet, 5.50 inches in the pole vault. That height is tied for the ninth-highest clearance. Cerne also competed in the pole vault and also cleared a height of 12 feet, 5.50 inches, and he also cleared 5 feet, 7 inches in the high jump competition.
Also competing in the high jump, David Lovitz cleared 6 feet, 0.75 inches for the fourth-best mark in school indoor history. Christopher Bueno cleared 5 feet, 8.75 inches in the high jump as well, and Ed Lilly cleared 11 feet, 11.75 inches in the pole vault.
In the middle distances, Taylor Pope and Flynn Stewart ran the 800 meter run. Pope tallied a time of 2:05.13 and Stewart a mark of 2:09.37. In the mile run, James Markin earned a time of 4:46.66 while Sean Tyree ran in 4:47.97.
Four male distance runners ran in the Vandal Open Saturday, with Josh Seekatz leading the way in the 3000 meter. He ran for a time of 9:05.04, good for fourth place in the event. Justin Higa, David Santillan, and Andrew Langtry also competed in the 3000m run, tallying times of 9:26.27, 9:36.90, and 10:00.89, respectively.
Finally, the Loggers ran three teams in the 4x400 meter relay, with the A squad tallying a time of 3:39.78, Puget Sound B squad a time of 3:47.05, and Loggers' C team running in 3:48.09.
The Logger track and field team will be back in action next weekend at the Husky Classic and the UW Open at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle. The Husky Classic will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, and the UW Open will follow a day later on Sunday, Feb. 16.