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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's track & field squad won nine events on Saturday afternoon, finishing runner-up at the Lewis & Clark Invitational.
"It was a great day of track & field for the Lutes," said Head Coach Adam Frye. "We had our best conditions of the season and took advantage of the opportunity. The team continues to build momentum heading into the NWC Championships."
Lucas Hatton won a pair of events, securing the top spot in the shot put with a season-best throw of 51 feet, one inch, while also netting the victory in the hammer throw with a season-best and Northwest Conference leading toss of 169' 7". Hatton additionally logged a fourth-place showing in the discus throw with a toss of 134' 5". Michael Hatlen won the javelin throw with a mark of 174' 4" while Gunnar Aageson vaulted 12' 8" for third place in the pole vault.
On the track, it was the Lute sprinters showing off their depth, securing the top three spots in the 100-meter dash while earning a sweep of the relays. Carson Ketter clocked a season-best effort of 11.02 seconds to win the 100 with Garrett Hittner (11.06) and Shaun Bradley (11.15) placing second and third, respectively. Brady Daly bested the field in the 200-meter dash, clocking a winning time of 23.16, while the Lutes' won the 4x100-meter relay in 43.13 and the 4x400-meter relay in 3:31.60.
"The week before conference I wanted to see everyone step up in and I saw many athletes rise to the occasion and solidify their position," said sprints coach Marqui Makupson. "I'm proud of the hard work and dedication from the sprinters and I'm excited for what's to come at the NWC Championships."
Pacific Lutheran tallied 150 points in the team standings, finishing four points shy of meet champion George Fox University. Pacific University was a distant third at the six-team meet, collecting 109 points.
PLU heads to Spokane, Washington on Friday for day one of the Northwest Conference Championships hosted by Whitworth University.