TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound track and field squad continued its preparations for the Northwest Conference Championships Saturday, competing at its own Shotwell Invitational at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.
Josh Seekatz led the way for the Loggers Saturday, winning the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:34.18, the second-best mark in the Northwest Conference this season. Seekatz crossed the finish line seven seconds ahead of the nearest competitor and before numerous Division II runners. Also qualifying for the Northwest Conference Championships in the steeplechase, James Markin ran the race in 10:10.42.
Three other distance runners ran NWC Meet standards at the Shotwell Invitational. Justin Higa, David Santillan, and Justin Bigelow all finished in a row, taking sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively. Higa put up a time of 15:32.34 while Santillan and Bigelow finished within a second and a half of each other at 15:47.38 and 15:48.72.
In some of the shorter distances, Sean Tyree ran a championship-qualifying 1:58.97 in the 800 meter run, Zal Robles finished the 400 meter hurdles in 1:01.54, and Joe Cerne qualified for the NWCs in the 110 meter hurdles in 17.55.
Cerne also made the conference meet in the pole vault, clearing 4.13 meters Saturday. Cameron Braithwaite and Ed Lilly also competed in the pole vault, both clearing 3.98 meters and both meeting the Championship minimum. Elsewhere in the field events, David Lovitz qualified for the NWCs in the high jump while clearing 1.79 meters and Dillon Gongliewski qualified in the javelin throw with a toss of 55.36 meters, the fifth-best javelin mark in the Northwest Conference.
On the women's side, four Logger field athletes also made the NWC Championships. Two pole vaulters cleared the requisite height as Sunny Lewis successfully passed over 3.08 meters and Elizabeth King cleared 2.93 meters. In the high jump, Emily Sheldon cleared 1.46 meters, and Emily Prasil tallied a triple jump mark of 10.26 meters.
In the sprint distances, Allanah Whitehall ran the 100 meter dash in 12.51, finishing second for the second straight meet. Also for the second straight meet, it took a stadium record to beat Whitehall as Princess Griffey set a new Baker Stadium mark of 11.89 in the event. Both Mara Cummings and Melissa Motyer ran qualifying times again in the 400 meter dash, putting up marks of 1:01.17 and 1:02.09, respectively. In the hurdles events, Mary Dwigans qualified in the 100 meter hurdles with a mark of 17.63 and the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:13.93.
Alicia Burns tallied qualifying marks in the 800 meter and 1500 meter runs, tallying marks of 2:19.64 and 4:47.25, respectively. Her mark in the 1500 is the third-best time in the conference and just one second out from second place. Aspen Mayberry also qualified in the 800 finishing the distance in 2:25.71.
Rounding out the Loggers' NWC qualifiers, Kathryn Flyte ran the 5000 meter run in 17:48.40, the third-fastest time in the conference so far this season.
With the conclusion of the Shotwell Invitational, the Loggers have wrapped up their regular season home meets. They next compete at the Washington Open in Seattle on Saturday, April 12, and the multi-event specialists will compete at the Northwest Conference Multi-Events April 14-15.