Track and field team competes at PLU Invitational

Track and field team competes at PLU Invitational

PARKLAND, Wash.—The Puget Sound track and field squad competed at the PLU Invitational in the midst of a rain storm Saturday, and 10 different athletes booked their tickets into the Northwest Conference championship meet later in the season.

Three of the four Loggers running the 400 meter dash made the NWC meet today. Mara Cummings led all runners with a 1:00.40 mark, earning her place in the NWC. Meg Gilbertson and Melissa Motyer also earned a spot in the conference meet, running marks of 1:02.08 and 1:03.58, respectively.

Allanah Whitehall met the NWC requirements in the 100 meter dash, tallying a mark of 12.89 and taking third in her flight. Alicia Burns also tallied a spot in the conference meet in the 800m

Sierra Grunwald hit a NWC mark in two events, the 1500 meter and the 5000 meter runs. She won the 1500m with a mark of 4:51.47 and ran the 5000m in 19:02.77.

On the men's side, three Loggers qualified in the 5000m. Josh Seekatz won the event in 15:19.46 while Justin Higa took fifth with a mark of 15:44.24. Also, James Markin qualified after finishing the race five seconds later, in 15:49.51.  

Higa and Martin also qualified in the 3000 steeple chase with marks of 10:10.37 and 10:18.65, respectively.

Dillon Gongliewski also ran a qualifying mark in the 110 meter high hurdles with a season-best 16.96.

The Puget Sound track and field squad is back at it next weekend. The squad will first compete at the Boxer Combined Event March 13-14 in Forest Grove, Ore., and the Loggers will wrap up the weekend of competition Saturday, March 15 at the Saints Open in Gresham, Ore.