Loggers finish outstanding NWC meet; Whitehall wins meet honor

Loggers finish outstanding NWC meet; Whitehall wins meet honor

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound track and field squad wrapped up the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships Saturday in resounding fashion, bolstered by Allanah Whitehall's Women's Track Athlete of the Meet award. Whitehall won the award thanks to her overall performance in the two-day meet hosted by Puget Sound at Baker Stadium in Tacoma.  

Whitehall won both the 100 and 200 meter dashes after coming into both events as the top qualifier. She broke her own school record – which she set yesterday in the preliminaries – in the 200m with a time of 25.06, among the top 20 fastest times nationally. She ran the 100 meters in 12.15, also under her new school record. With a wind factor of 2.3, however, the run was deemed aided enough to take away the record. The mark still counts for nationals qualifying and is tops on the schools' performance list, however.

Those weren't her only races of the day, however, as Whitehall helped the Loggers relay teams finish first in both races. With the speedy sophomore running first, the Puget Sound 4x400 meter relay team broke the school record with a 3:54.58 performance, also a top-20 national time. Mara Cummings, Meg Gilbertson, and Alicia Burns also ran that race, with Burns anchoring the squad. Gilbertson and Whitehall also helped the school's 4x100 meter relay team win with a time of 49.31. Logan Bays and Anna Joseph ran in that team as well. 

Even with the individual school record and top time, Whitehall was most thrilled about the relay record. "We had two seniors on the team and it meant a lot for us to be able to do that for them, to go out and break the school record," said Whitehall. "We had been close for the last couple weeks and to finally be able to do it is awesome."

Puget Sound track and field head coach Mike Orechia was similarly excited about the 4x400 meter record. "For us to break that school record is phenomenal," said Orechia of the record-breaking relay. "The way people talked about how our student-athletes carried themselves is awesome. I'm just psyched. It was a great meet."

Burns also tallied an individual NWC title, winning the 800 meter run with a mark of 2:15.19. The senior led for most of the race, holding off a surging Katie Dyk from George Fox for the victory.

The women's squad picked up 14 more points in the women's 400 meter dash. Cummings took second in the event with a time of 58.88 while Gilbertson finished right behind her. Kathryn Flyte picked up third-place points for the Loggers as well, running the 5,000 meter run in 17:59.75. The senior won the 10,000 meter run on day one of the tournament.

In Saturday's field events, Maggie Rowe cleared 1.51 meters to finish seventh in the high jump for two more team points. Emily Sheldon and Emily Prasil also competed in field events during day two of the meet.

In all, the Puget Sound women's team tallied 95 points, comfortably in fifth place. George Fox won the team title with 195.5 points for its fourth consecutive victory.

On the men's side, the Loggers' 4x400 meter relay team took second place with a season-best 3:22.74. Cameron Braithwaite, Graham Ashby, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Sean Tyree teamed up to capture those eight team points for Puget Sound. In the 4x100 meter relay, the Loggers took fifth after Rosenberg, Braithwaite, Graham Cobb, and Everett West ran a 43.66 mark.

Braithwaite competed in field events Saturday as well, finishing third in the triple jump with a distance of 13.42 meters, a personal best in the event. He also took sixth in the pole vault, successfully clearing 4.28 meters.

Josh Seekatz earned a top-five performance in the 5,000 meter run, finishing fifth at 15:30.50. David Santillan, Justin Higa, Justin Bigelow, and James Markin also represented the school in that event. Both Seekatz and Tyree competed in the 1500 meter run as well with Seekatz taking sixth and Tyree 10th.

Rounding out Logger involvement on day two of the conference meet, Dillon Gongliewski ran the 110 meter hurdles in 15.80 seconds, finishing fifth.

As a team, the Logger men picked up 76.5 points, finishing sixth. Whitworth won its fifth-consecutive team title at 225 points.

Puget Sound's track program will next compete at the Pacific Twi-Lite Meet in Forest Grove, Ore. That two-day meet hosted by Pacific University will take place Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd.