Track and field competes at successful Washington Open

Track and field competes at successful Washington Open

SEATTLE—The Puget Sound track and field squad saw a successful day at the Washington Open Saturday, qualifying four new athletes for the Northwest Conference Championships and numerous others setting season and personal bests at the Husky Outdoor Track Facility in Seattle.

Two Logger shot putters qualified for the conference championship Saturday as both Chandler Breaux and Reilyn Garton both threw past the required distance. Breaux tallied a toss of 13.93 meters while Garton was right behind him with a 13.76 mark. Both are personal best marks for the two throwers as well.

Everett West qualified for the Northwest Conference meet in two separate events, the 100 and 200 meter dashes. He ran the 100 in 11.33 and the 200 in 22.77, both personal bests.

On the women's side, Taili Ni qualified for the NWC Championships in the 5000 meter run, putting up a time of 18:53.47, her best mark.

The women's 4x400 meter relay also saw a strong day on the track with Allanah Whitehall, Mara Cummings, Meg Gilbertson, and Alicia Burns combining to run the race in 3:56.97, their fastest of the season. Both Whitehall and Cummings set 400 PRs in their legs.

Whitehall also moved to number two on the Loggers' Top Ten list in the 200 meter dash with a 25.20. Sunny Lewis also moved up on the school's Top Ten list, clearing a height of 3.21 meters. Elizabeth King also cleared that mark Saturday.

The men's 4x400 meter relay also set a seasonal best Saturday as Todd Detweiler, Graham Ashby, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Sean Tyree combined for a time of 3:28.99.

Puget Sound's multi-event specialists did not compete in Saturday's Washington Open as they'll be competing at the Northwest Conference multi-event meet in two days' time. That two-day meet will take place Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15 in Salem, Ore.