SALEM, Ore. – Four Loggers earned All-NWC honors in their respective events at the first day of the NWC Track & Field Championships on Friday. Four more members of the Puget Sound track & field team will be moving on to finals tomorrow.
Josh Seekatz and Matt Klein highlighted day one for the Loggers as both were runners up in a timed final. Seekatz took second in the steeplechase with a time of 9:41.08 to earn All-NWC honors. Klein came in as the defending champion in the 10k and took second in the final event of the day with a time of 32:07.56 for All-NWC honors.
Joe Cerne also earned All-NWC status in the pole vault. Cerne already had the decathlon win under his belt and vaulted just over 15 feet (4.58 meters) to take third. His vault was a personal-best and ranks fourth all-time for the Loggers.
Kathryn Flyte was an All-NWC performer for the women's team with a third place finish in the 10k. She came in with a time of 38:23.40. Flyte was ranked eighth to start the event but ran a personal-best to move up to third.
Maggie Rowe was another point scorer for the Loggers on day one with seventh-place finish in the high jump. She cleared 1.56 meters (4-feet, 11.5-inches).
Four more Loggers performed well enough to move on to finals tomorrow for the women's team. Alicia Burns headlined the group with a personal-best 2:18.94 to finish second in the event, going into finals. Karina Harper will go into tomorrow's 400 meter hurdles finals ranked fifth after a 1:07.71.
Meg Gilbertson and Allanah Whitehall each took eighth in their respective events to sneak into tomorrow's final. Whitehall ran a 26.56 in the 200 meter dash while Gilbertson ran a 1:00.31 in the 400 meter run. Gilbertson's run was a personal-best.
Tomorrow's field events will start as early as 9 a.m. while tomorrow's track finals begin at noon.