Meet records fall despite wet morning at Peyton Scoring Meet

Meet records fall despite wet morning at Peyton Scoring Meet

TACOMA, Wash.—Twenty Peyton Scoring Meet records fell Saturday as the Puget Sound Track and Field squad returned to their home turf, competing at the Peyton Scoring Meet at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. 

Puget Sound athletes set four of those meet records, ending the day with a sub-4:00 4x400 meter relay. The Loggers' team of Allanah Whitehall, Mara Cummings, Alicia Burns, and Meg Gilbertson combined to run the 1600 meter race in 3:59.17, smashing the old meet record by nine seconds and tallying Puget Sound's first sub-4:00 4x400 meter relay in the last 17 years.  Burns also set an individual meet record, running the 800 meter run in 2:19.86.

Also, Kathryn Flyte set the meet mark in the women's 5,000 meter run, running that race in 17:54.29. The senior also finished second in the 1,500 meter run, qualifying for the NWC Championships at that distance with a mark of 5:00.04.  Sierra Grunwald won the 1500m with a time of 4:58.01. 

Cameron Braithwaite won the long jump competition on Saturday with a long leap of 6.53 meters for the Loggers' fourth and final meet record of the event. The sophomore shattered the previous meet record of 6.24m by nearly .30 meters. With the leap, Braithwaite also qualified for the Northwest Conference Championships in the event.

Whitehall had a strong day on the track for the Loggers, finishing second in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. Whitehall ran the 100 in 12.56, faster than the meet record, but finished second to Princess Griffey's stadium-best mark of 11.98. Griffey also won the 200m dash, edging Whitehall by 1.7 seconds. Qualifying for the NWC meet in the 100 along with Whitehall was Anna Joseph and Logan Bays, who ran 13.27 and 13.32, respectively.

In the 400 meter dash, Burns led the way with a 1:00.02, winning the event by over one second. Cummings came in third at 1:01.42, and Gilbertson finished in 1:04.00. All three of them earned a spot in the NWC Championships. 

Two more female Logger runners clinched berths to the conference meet: Emily Sheldon ran the 100 meter hurdles in 17.23 to reach the qualifying mark, and Kai Hundemer finished the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 12:57.15 to qualify as well.

Three Logger pole vaulters also qualified for the NWCs: Elizabeth King, Sunny Lewis, and Elizabeth Hegedus all passed the requisite height of 2.48 meters. King cleared 3.05 meters Saturday, while Lewis passed over 2.90 safely, and Hegedus cleared 2.60. 

On the men's side, seven Loggers qualified for the NWC Championships. Zal Robles qualified in both the 110 and 400 meter hurdles, running times of 17.72 and 1:00.07, respectively. Joe Cerne also qualified in the 110 meter hurdles, finishing sixth with a time of 16.98.

In the longer distances, three Loggers qualified for the Puget Sound-hosted conference championships as Josh Seekatz ran the 1,500 meter run in 4:07.96, Justin Higa ran 5,000 meters in 15:50.31, and Gabriel Michaels finished the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 10:20.70.  Michaels finished first in his event, Higa second in the 5,000, and Seekatz third in the 1,500. 

The Loggers remain at home for their next meet, the Shotwell Invitational. That meet begins at 10:00 a.m., again at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.