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NEWBERG, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's track & field team won three events and finished fourth overall at the Rich Allen Classic on Saturday at George Fox University.
The Lutes showed their strength in the distance events, winning both the 1,500-meters and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Cross country All-American Brad Hodkinson looped the track in three minutes, 56.32 seconds to win the 1,500 with teammate Porter Kreier placing fourth in 4:08.46. Kyle Rapacz snagged the top spot in the steeplechase, owning a 20-second gap on the field, clocking a time of 9:38.70.
Sprinter Garrett Hittner tallied PLU's third event win of the day, besting the 19-competitor field in the 200-meter dash after running a season-best time of 22.30. Brady Daly was fifth in the event with a 23.38 and combined with Hittner, Shaun Bradley and Myles Barrow to finish third in the 4x400-meter relay (3:28.55). Joe Stilnovich tallied a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, crossing the tape in 53.57.
In the field, Lucas Hatton finished runner-up in the hammer throw with a toss of 159 feet, two inches, while finishing third in the shot put (48' 0 3/4") and fourth in the discus (131' 9 3/4"). Michael Hatlen finished second overall in the javelin with a heave of 182' 1".
"The team has been working through some challenges with injuries but everyone who competed today stepped up and competed well against the competition," said Head Coach Adam Frye. "There were quite a few personal records and NWC qualifying marks today."
The Lutes accumulated 110 points in the team standings to finish fourth overall. Host George Fox secured the team title with 269.5 points while Corban University was runner-up with 180.5 points.
PLU competes at the NWC Multi-Events on Monday and Tuesday while the rest of the team returns to competition next Saturday at the Lewis & Clark Invitational.