Written by Student Assistant Garrett Hittner
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's track & field team took a small contingent across town for second consecutive weekend, competing at the University of Puget Sound's Shotwell Invitational on Saturday.
"While most of the team was off this weekend, we had a small group take advantage of the opportunity to compete across town at UPS again on Saturday," said Head Coach Adam Frye. "We continued to show improvement and came away with some PRs and conference qualifying marks."
Senior thrower Lucas Hatton netted the Lutes' lone event victory of the day, winning the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, 3 1/2 inches. He also finished fifth in the discus throw after recording a toss of 124' 8".
Michael Hatlen landed an eighth place finish in the javelin throw with a toss of 176' 8" while in the sprints, Shaun Bradley finished place fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.89 seconds. Bradley additionally tallied a sixth place finish in the 100m dash (11.33).
"Lucas Hatton picked up a big W in the shot put, winning by over two feet. Nate Jarvis to threw PRs in the shot put and discus and Shaun Bradley competed well in the 100 and 200, picking up a NWC qualifying mark in the 200."
Despite sending a skeleton squad, the Lutes finished eighth overall at the 14-team meet, scoring 22 points. Spokane Community College won the meet with 109 points with Division II Western Washington University finishing as runner-up with 101 points.
The Lutes return to the oval next Saturday, competing at the Rich Allen Classic in Newberg, Oregon.