Laker Women’s and Men’s Track & Field teams opened their 2018 seasons Sunday in Seattle, Washington at the U of W Open Invitational, the second day of a large indoor meet at Dempsey Stadium with dozens of universities, club teams, and a few other NWAC colleges competing.
In the first Field event of the day, Freshman Lillian Weatherman took her first collegiate jumps in Pole Vault next to the men where Freshman Brandon Dowd cleared 3.68M or 12”0.75” good for 33rd of 45 men. Next came 30 heats of the 60M sprint, 67 men, an event where tenths of a second decided places. First for the Lakers and 4th overall was Sophomore Kudakwashe (Kuda) Murasiranwa in 7.0 seconds, Sophomore Bryan Hunt was 19th in 7.18, Freshman Angel Moreno was 27th in 7.25, and Freshman Carter Rudisill was 46th in 7.39. Hunt scrambled over to Long Jump amid all those starter’s pistol shots to leap 6.04M or 19’ 9.75”. Freshman Christian Ambrogio followed jumping 5.44M or 17”10.25”. Freshman Brittany Kreutzer raced in the Women’s Mile but had to step off the track with injury during the long afternoon.
After waiting hours, Freshman Kia Collins slipped around on the unusual, wood-platform Shot Put ring in another huge flight of 47 women. For her final attempt though, she held steady and glided straight through the ring for a Personal Record (PR) Put of 10.48M or 34’4.75” good for 37th overall and just 4 inches from an automatic NWAC Championship Qualifying mark. Just to her left was another Freshman, Bryan Terry, also slipping and sliding in the strange indoor ring but coming together for a final Put of 12.25M or 40’2.25”. That’s a PR for Bryan too as collegiate men’s implements go up in weight and a great first mark of the season taking 21st in a 40 man contest.
During the action at Shot Put, Christian took his first Triple Jumps of the season on the elevated runway. Kuda looked to have missed the first, fastest heat of the Men’s 200M until the PA announcer explained a last minute lineup change. The delay paid off as the Canadian made up the lane stagger in the second heat on the unbanked, tight indoor curve, and then he held his lead to win the heat and the event overall setting an indoor PR of 22.03. That mark qualifies him for the NWAC Championship. Only a few tenths from the auto-mark, and again, just fractions of a second in time but in a race minutes later, Angel raced to 20th in 22.87 another PR in his first indoor event on the awkward 307.4M track.
The Laker longer sprinting Men ended the day with the 1600M Relay, the 4 x 400. They have some sharpening work to do taking 8th of 10 squads in 3:41.64 needing to get 13 seconds faster to auto-qualify for Championships. Sophomore Clinton Omandi’s work coming out of blocks this season was evident surging ahead at the start of his leading leg of the race but faded slightly handing off about 0:55 to Freshman Lamont Klepper running his leg in a similar about 0:55. Kuda took the baton next passing Puget Sound with an about 0:52 third leg declaring afterwards that he’d never race so far ever again! Anchor Freshman Aiden Leever moved the baton up on the Clackamas CC anchor early, but with 100 remaining had dozens of meters to make up and pulled in about 0:57. Find all results here https://static.gohuskies.com/custompages/trackresults/021118/index.htm. The complete Laker teams compete next at Linfield College in the Erik Anderson Icebreaker March 3rd.