Loggers claim two conference titles, two school records in day one of NWCs

Loggers claim two conference titles, two school records in day one of NWCs

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound track and field team used home cooking to its advantage during day one of the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships Friday, tallying two conference titles and seeing two school records broken at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.

Josh Seekatz tallied the Loggers' first title of the meet, winning the 3000 meter steeplechase in 9:36.55. Seekatz improved on his showing in the event last year, a second-place tally, and he also won the 2014 title after coming into the meet with the second fastest time in the Northwest Conference. 

Senior Kathryn Flyte claimed another win for the Puget Sound distance runners, winning the 10,000 meter run in 36:24.69. She improved on her season-best time by 23 seconds, jumping into the national 20 in the meet.  

Allanah Whitehall also had herself a day Friday, breaking a pair of 20-year old school records. She ran the 100 meter dash in 12.22 seconds, breaking the old school mark by 0.02 seconds, and 200 meter dash in 25.14 seconds, eclipsing the old mark by 0.03 seconds.

Molly Bradbury also made the podium in the 3000 meter steeplechase, finishing third in the women's edition of the race. Bradbury ran 11:25.97, improving on her season best by 14 seconds. With the third-place finish, she picked up six points for the Loggers' women's track team. Kai Hundemer also competed in the 3000 meter steeplechase, finishing in 13:02.57. For the men, James Markin and Gabriel Michaels ran the event.

Elizabeth King picked up another six points for the Loggers, coming in third in the pole vault. King ended a strong day by clearing 3.31 meters on her first attempt, her third clearance in her third vault of the day.  Also competing in the pole vault was Elizabeth Hegedus and Sunny Lewis

Reilyn Garton and Chandler Breaux both competed in the shot put for the Loggers with Garton tallying a distance of 13.74 meters, finishing eighth. Breaux threw 12.69 meters, taking 11th.

Three Loggers competed in the high jump as David Lovitz, Christopher Bueno, and Steven Branham all cleared 1.74 meters. 

Along with Whitehall, many other Loggers qualified for the finals in their running events set thanks to strong preliminary showing Friday. Alicia Burns headlined the rest of the qualifiers by running the fastest time in the 800 meter dash. Graham Ashby and Sean Tyree both qualified for the finals for the event on the men's side. Mara Cummings and Meg Gilbertson both qualified in the women's 400 meter dash finals

After day one of the championships, the Logger men's squad is fifth with 32 points and the women's team is in sixth place with 23 points. Both are in good position to move up during the final day of the meet. The meet concludes Saturday, April 26, with field events beginning at 10:30 a.m. and races starting at 12:00 p.m., again at Baker Stadium.