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TACOMA, Wash. - The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its All-Region honorees for the outdoor track & field season on Monday with Pacific Lutheran University landing six student-athletes on the All-West Region Team in 10 total events. Machaela Graddy and Vakeaemanu Hunkin tallied the award on the women's side while Michael Hatlen, Lucas Hatton, Brad Hodkinson, and Kyle Rapacz were the four men to secure the accolade.
Graddy, a national qualifier in the javelin, earns All-Region honors in the event after finishing the regular season ranked fourth in the West Region with a toss of 135 feet, four inches, achieved at the Northwest Conference Championships on April 21.
Hunkin earns All-Region accolades in both the shot put and the hammer throw. The NWC Freshman of the Year finished the season ranked fourth in the West in the shot put and fifth in the hammer throw. Both her season best marks came at the NWC Championships, winning the shot put with a toss of 43' 1 3/4" and placing runner-up in the hammer with a toss of 151' 8". This is not the first All-Region recognition bestowed upon Hunkin with the first year securing All-Region during the indoor season in the shot put.
Hatlen lands All-Region honors in the javelin. The senior ranks fourth in the West Region in the event after placing third at the NWC Championships with a season-best toss of 190' 1".
Hatton, an indoor All-Region honoree in the shot put, adds two more regional awards to his resume earning the distinction in both the shot put and hammer throw. The NWC Champion in both events, Hatton sits second in the region in the shot put with a winning toss of 51' 2 3/4" at the NWC Championships while ranking second in the hammer with a season-best heave of 169' 7" at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on April 15.
Hodkinson, a national qualifier in the 10,000-meters, earns All-Region in the 1,500-meters, 5,000-meters, and 10K. An All-Region honoree during the indoor season in the mile and 3,000-meters, the sophomore won all three events at the NWC Championships on his way to earning NWC Track Athlete of the Year honors. Hodkinson holds the top time in the region in the 10K, clocking a time of 30 minutes, 23.02 seconds, at the Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker, a time that's 18 seconds faster than the rest of the region. The Snohomish, Washington native ranks second in the region in the 1,500-meters, clocking a 3:52.23 at the Oregon Twilight and owns the fifth best time in the 5K after running a 14:40.58 at the Portland Twilight.
Rapacz rounds out the Lute All-Region honorees, earning the award in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The sophomore ranks fifth in the West in the event after clocking a 9:34.70 at the NWC Championships to finish second overall.
The top five individuals in each event from each region – as well the region's top three relay teams – earned All-Region distinction. The regions used for this award – Atlantic, Central, Great Lakes, Mideast, Midwest, New England, South/Southeast and West – match those used during cross country and the indoor track & field season.
Graddy and Hodkinson will both compete at the NCAA Division III Championships on Thursday in Geneva, Ohio. Hodkinson competes in the 10K at 10:45 a.m. (Eastern Time) while Graddy competes in the javelin at 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the SPIRE Institute.