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HILLSBORO, Ore. - The Northwest Conference released its weekly track & field award winners on Monday with Pacific Lutheran University student-athlete Lucas Hatton securing NWC Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
The senior thrower secures the honor after winning two events on Saturday at the Lewis & Clark Invitational in Portland, Oregon. The Eatonville, Washington native won the shot put with a season-best toss of 51 feet, one inch, while winning the hammer throw with a personal record heave of 169' 7". Hatton additionally placed fourth in the discus throw (134' 5"). His performance helped the Lutes place second overall at the six-team meet, finishing four points shy of meet champion George Fox University.
Hatton, who was the NWC Field Athlete of the Week on March 13, currently owns the best throw in the NWC in the hammer and ranks second in the conference and 25th nationally in the shot put.
This marks the fifth time this season the Lutes have earned an NWC track & field weekly award. Brad Hodkinson won Track Athlete of the Week on Apr. 10 and Mar. 20, while Richard Johnson secured the honor on Mar. 13.
PLU returns to action on Friday, competing at day one of the 2017 NWC Championships in Spokane, Washington.