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Track & Field Returns to UPS with Split Squad at Shotwell Invite

Track & Field Returns to UPS with Split Squad at Shotwell Invite

Written by Student Assistant Garrett Hittner

TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's track & field teams are headed to the University of Puget Sound for the second weekend in a row for the Shotwell Invitational. The meet takes place on Saturday, April first on the UPS campus.

The Lutes look to build off last weekend's strong performance at the Peyton Scoring Meet, after combining to win 11 events and capture the men's and women's team titles. The men tallied six wins while the women secured five wins at the meet and both squads look to contine that momentum as they draw closer to the Northwest Conference meet at the end of April.

One of the Lutes looking to take advantage of this weekend's meet is senior sprinter and thrower Brady Daly. Daly looks to focus on only two events over the weekend and is in his final athletic season after playing football in the fall.

"I'm very excited I still have a few more opportunities to compete in college so I am trying to make the most of it," said Daly.

One of only a handful of meets remaining for the Lutes in the regular season, the goals for the season are finally coming to fruition. For Daly, his goals are to finish the season strong.

"I want to break the 23 second mark in the 200-meter dash. I feel like that has been a long time coming. I also want to finish every workout, no matter what. It would also be awesome to help the 4x100m relay team repeat a NWC championship."

With the Northwest Conference meet just upon the horizon, athletes must change their focus as the end of the regular season is fast approaching.

"It's important to listen to your body even more than usual. You have to understand how to train physically and mentally to perform at your best at conference."

When not on the track or on the football field, Brady likes to watch Netflix and listen to music to help him relax.

Saturday's meet at the University of Puget Sound begins at 10 a.m. NWC rivals UPS and Whitworth University will be at the meet along with several Division II, community college, and club teams.