ELLENSBERG, Wash.—The Puget Sound track and field team put the finishing touches on its preparation for the upcoming Northwest Conference Championships Saturday, competing at Central Washington's Spike Arlt Invitational, held at Tomlinson Stadium in Ellensberg, Wash.
On the women's side, Maggie Rowe qualified in the high jump with a clearance of 1.57 meters, the sixth-best mark in the conference. Two pole vaulters set personal bests while solidifying their spots in next week's conference meet as well. Elizabeth King cleared 3.38 meters in the event, and Sunny Lewis successfully passed over 3.23 meters. King's mark is good for fourth in the conference while Lewis sits in sixth in the NWC rankings.
In the sprint distances, three Loggers ran NWC-qualifying times, but two both had qualified for the championships previously. Allanah Whitehall ran the 100 meter dash in 12.58 and won the 200 meter dash with a mark of 25.31, but the sophomore already qualified for the NWC meet. In the 400 meter dash, Meg Gilbertson ran 59.81, but not for the first time this season. Aspen Mayberry, however, qualified for the conference championship in the event with a time of 1:02.03. In the 4x100 meter relay, Puget Sound's four runners combined for a time of 49.55, the second-fastest time in the conference.
Emily Sheldon also qualified for the NWC meet in the 100 meter hurdles, tallying a season-best mark of 17.09. Joining Sheldon in qualifying for the conference meet was Tori Sarris, who ran the 10,000 meter run in 41:53.75, qualifying with 17 seconds to spare.
Leading the Logger men, Joe Cerne tallied NWC-qualifying marks in two events, the pole vault and the 400 meter hurdles. He equaled his season-best with a clearance of 4.20 meters in the pole vault, and he ran the 400 meter hurdles in 59.27, the first time he ran the event this season. Also qualifying in a hurdles event, Dillon Gongliewski ran the 110 meter high hurdles in 15.82, tying for the sixth-fastest time in the conference.
Cameron Braithwaite competed in the triple jump for the first time this season, putting up a mark of 12.99 meters, fourth in the NWC. He qualified for next week's conference championships in the event. Also qualifying for the NWC Meet, David Lovitz equaled a season-best by clearing 1.80 meters in the high jump.
An additional pair of Loggers tallied a NWC-qualifying mark Saturday after already meeting the conference standard earlier in the year. Jonathan Rosenberg ran the 200 meter dash in 22.89 and Chandler Breaux threw a distance of 13.85 meters in the shot put.
Puget Sound track and field's next event will be the Northwest Conference Championships, held Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. The Loggers are hosting the event for the first time since 2007.