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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's track & field team won two events on Saturday, finishing fifth overall at Lewis & Clark College's Spring Break Open.
The Lutes showed their depth in the 100-meter dash, placing three among the top eight, including event winner Richard Johnson. Johnson clocked a time of 11.02 seconds to come away with the win while Garrett Hittner (11.19) and Shaun Bradley (11.31) finished fifth and seventh, respectively.
Brad Hodkinson clocked the third fastest 5,000-meter time in program history, making 12 1/2 loops of the track in 14:43.55 and owning a three-second gap on Chay Weaver of Division I Seattle University to secure the win. Teammate Kyle Rapacz was 15th in 15:16.50.
PLU tallied a pair of second place finishes in the relays with the 4x100-meter relay team clocking a 42.55 while the 4x400-meter relay team logged a 3:28.09 effort to close the meet.
"The men's team overall is proving to be a strong Northwest Conference contender. This is the first year in a long time that the team has looked this good on nearly every event," said assistant coach Marqui Makupson. "We look to make a strong presence at the conference championships."
In the field events, Lucas Hatton placed third in the shot put with a heave of 48 feet, 11 3/4 inches. Hatton additionally placed 10th in the hammer throw (152' 11 3/4") and 16th in the discus (129' 9").
Myles Barrow tallied a season-best time in the 400-meter hurdles, placing eighth overall in 59.37.
The Lutes trallied 51 points in the team standings, placing fifth overall in the 19-team meet. Division II Western Washington University took top billing with 139 points while Northwest Conference rival George Fox University was runner-up with 112 points.
Pacific Lutheran returns to action next Saturday, traveling across town to the University of Puget Sound for the Peyton Scoring Meet.