Sports & Outdoors

Track and field has strong meet in NWCs

The men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded the Northwest Conference Championships in Salem on April 27 to finish fifth and seventh, respectively.

The two-day competition, which features all eight teams in the Northwest Conference, represents the finale for track and field’s conference schedule.

Puget Sound totaled six athletes who were awarded on the All-NWC teams.

These Loggers included junior Alicia Burns (Spokane Valley, Wash.), senior Matt Klein (Portland, Ore.), sophomore Josh Seekatz (Philomath, Ore.), senior Joe Cerne (Eumclaw, Wash.), junior Kathryn Flyte (West Linn, Ore.) and freshman Allanah Whitehall (Seattle, Wash.).

Burns, who ran the 800-meter in a personal best 2:18.94, finished second after day one heading into the finals.  Her day two run of 2:19.50 placed her in third.

Klein, who entered the 10k as the defending champion, placed second with a time 32:07.56 and followed up with a 15:33.99 in the 5k on the second day of the meet.

Seekatz also finished in second in his respective event, recording a 9:41.08 in the steeplechase on the first day.  He also placed seventh in the 1500-meter with a 4:05.42, which was his second scoring event and personal best.

Cerne had an impressive showing at Willamette as well, capturing the decathlon and pole vaulting a personal best 4.58 meters, which ranked fourth in Logger history, to take third in the event.

The junior currently holds the fourth-best Division III decathlon score, and looks to receive a bid to the NCAA Championships.  Flyte also ran a personal best in the 10k with a time of 38:23.40 to finish third on day one.

Lastly, Allanah Whitehall placed eighth in the 200-meterdash with a time of 26.56 on the first day and rounded out her regular season with a seventh place finish on the final day, coming in less than a second after the winner.

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