Leiken's 400 Win Highlights Second Day Of NWC Champs

Leiken's 400 Win Highlights Second Day Of NWC Champs

PARKLAND, Wash. – Andrea Leiken led the Puget Sound track & field teams at NWC Championships on Sunday as she captured the event title in the 400m dash and finished second in the 200m dash. Matt Klein also had another solid performance, placing second in the 1500m run.

The Logger women placed sixth overall at the conference meet with 55.5 points while the men fell to seventh with 48 points.

Leiken continued her dominance in the Northwest Conference with a personal-best time of 56.76 in the 400m dash. She earned the NWC title in the event and also placed second in the 200m dash with a 25.97. Meg Gilbertson placed sixth in the 400 to give the Loggers to scorers in the event. Leiken's 400m time currently ranks seventh in Division III but will likely change as more results are posted from this weekend.

Alicia Burns placed fourth for the Loggers in the 800m with a 2:20.61 after running the eighth fastest time in prelims yesterday. Sierra Grunwald also placed fifth in the 1500m run with a personal-best time of 4:46.14.

The Logger women placed fifth in the 4x100m relay and third in the 4x400m relay.

Matt Klein had another All-NWC performance today, placing second in the 5000m run after winning the 10k yesterday. He ran a 15:28.59 in the 5000 for his second All-NWC honors of the meet.

Joe Cerne scored once more for the Loggers with a fifth-place finish in the pole vault. He cleared 13-feet, 11.75-inches. Wiley Putnam also scored for the Loggers with an eight-place finish in the 400m with a time of 52.00 while the men's 4x400m relay placed sixth.

George Fox took the women's title with 207 points in the meet. Willamette finished second, Linfield took third and Whitworth was fourth. Lewis & Clark was fifth on the women's side. The Loggers took sixth, followed by Pacific Lutheran in seventh and Pacific in eighth.

Whitworth cruised to the men's title with 270 points. Willamette finished second and Pacific Lutheran took third. Linfield placed fourth as a team, George Fox took fifth and Pacific was sixth. The Loggers were seventh followed by Lewis & Clark in eighth.