SEATTLE—Four athletes on the Puget Sound track and field squad continued their quest to qualify for the Division III National Championship Meet Saturday, competing in three events at the Ken Shannon Invitational at the Husky Outdoor Track Facility in Seattle.
Alicia Burns showed improvement in the 800 meter run in 2:13.00 Saturday, bettering her previous time by nearly two seconds. The Spokane Valley, Wash., blew by her old time of 2:14.94 set March 21. The mark moves Burns back into Division III's top 20 fastest times in the event as the time of 2:13.00 would tie Burns for 19th entering today's competition. Burns finished third in the 800m run at the Ken Shannon Invitational, remaining undefeated against Division III competitors and besting a couple of Division I athletes as well.
Burns also ran the anchor leg of the women's 4x400 meter run Saturday, helping the squad run its second-fastest time this season. The team put up a mark of 3:53.80, just five-hundredths of a second off the school record of 3:53.75 set May 3 at Saint Martin's. Allanah Whitehall, Mara Cummings, Meg Gilbertson, and Burns all made up the 4x400 team Saturday.
Whitehall also ran the 100 meter dash, coming in third with a mark of 12.41. She beat out nine other competitors, including a few Division I athletes.
The next event on the Puget Sound track and field schedule is the NCAA Championships, held May 22-24 in Delaware, Ohio. Stay tuned to www.LoggerAthletics.com for information on potential Puget Sound qualifiers for the national event.