Track opens outdoor season by hosting Quad Meet

Track opens outdoor season by hosting Quad Meet

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound track team kicked off the outdoor season Saturday at its own Quad Meet at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.

Puget Sound opened the year strong, qualifying 20 athletes for the Northwest Conference championships at the end of April. The Logger distance runners tallied the most NWC qualifiers as nine athletes qualified in events longer than 2,000 meters. All three women who ran the 10,000 meter run qualified for the NWCs as Kathryn Flyte ran the race in 36:47.00, sixth in the Puget Sound Top Ten List. Tori Klein, and Taili Ni also put up qualifying marks in the event. In the men's race, Justin Higa and David Santillan also ran fast enough to qualify for the championships.

In the 3000 meter steeplechase, Molly Bradbury qualified with a mark of 12:21.10 while Josh Seekatz, Gabriel Michaels, and James Markin all made it into the championship meet for that event as well.

 In the shorter distances, Mara Cummings set a NWC-qualifying mark in the 400 meter run and Alicia Burns did the same in the 1500 meter. Seekatz also qualified in the 1500m run as well. Two more men ran and qualified in the 110 meter high hurdles as Dillon Gongliewski and Joe Cerne both put up NWC marks as well.

In the field events, David Lovitz and Steven Branham both cleared 1.80 meters in the high jump, making the NWC meet, and Cerne made it over a height of 3.94 meters in the pole vault to make the conference meet as well. On the women's side, Maggie Rowe cleared 2.46 meters in the high jump, Sunny Lewis 2.95 meters in the pole vault, and Elizabeth Hegedus 2.50 meters in the pole vault to all make the NWC Championships later this year.

The Quad Meet put four teams against each other as athletes from Lewis & Clark, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, and Puget Sound all competed Saturday. The Loggers won the men's competition with 75.667 points and the women finished second with 38 points. Both squads saw four Loggers finish first in their respective events.

The Puget Sound track program will not travel far for its next meet as the Loggers make the short drive to Parkland, Wash., for the PLU Invitational. That meet will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 8.