TACOMA, Washington – A pair of underclassman had remarkable performances during the 2017 Puget Sound outdoor track & field season. Sophomore Emery Bradlina and freshman Matt Wells broke into the Puget Sound record books, and Bradlina competed on the national stage this spring.
Bradlina, a Boulder, Colorado, native, ran in the 800-m during the NCAA Division-III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her 2:11.43 finish during the preliminaries is a personal record and ranks third all-time in Logger history, but she came up just 0.05 seconds shy of qualifying for the finals.
Bradlina was also superb in the 400-m. She timed in at 58.38 seconds during the Shotwell Invitational, which ranks fifth in Puget Sound history.
Wells was named the Northwest Conference Freshman of the Year following the conference championships. The Puyallup, Washington, native, won the league title in the 110-m hurdles by finishing in 14.95 seconds. His time ranks fifth in Logger history. He also placed fifth in the decathlon during the NCW Championships, totaling 5,562 points.
Wells amassed 5,826 points during the NWC Multi-Events hosted by Pacific. That total ranks ninth in Logger history.
Both Bradlina and Wells were named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-West Region Team.
Several other Loggers achieved top-10 all-time marks during the 2017 season. Logan Bays' 100-m finish in 12.68 seconds is eighth all-time for Logger women, and Anna Joseph's mark of 26.30 seconds is ninth all-time in the 200-m. Hannah Eshelman ranks eighth in the 3,000-m steelplechase (12:25.45), and Alison Wise is 10th in the 800-m (2:17.17).
The Loggers' 2017 outdoor season began with hosting the inaugural Ed Boitano Invitational (March 4), which was named in honor of the long-time assistant coach who passed away in October 2016. Boitano's daughter and Puget Sound Hall-of-Famer, Andrea Donovan, addressed the crowd in the middle of the meet.
"You gave Ed so much," Donovan said to the fans, coaches, alumni, and student-athletes in attendance. "And for that, my family is eternally grateful."
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