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LACEY, Wash. - Carson Ketter and Brad Hodkinson cruised to victories in their respective events as the Pacific Lutheran University men's track & field team competed in its final regular season meet on Saturday at Saint Martin University's Jay Hammer Invitational.
"The team had a great meet, coming away with some PRs and season's bests despite a steady rain all day," said Head Coach Adam Frye. "We're primed for next weekend's NWC Championships. We've been building for this meet all season and it will be fun to see some special performances from our athletes."
Brad Hodkinson blew away the field in the 5,000-meters, looping the oval in 14 minutes, 55.23 seconds and owning a 25-second gap on the second place finisher. Hezekiah Goodwin was fifth in the 800-meters in 1:59.52 while Kyle Rapacz was eighth in the 1,500-meters in 4:08.29.
In the sprints, Carson Ketter came away with the win the 200-meters, easily besting the field after clocking a time of 21.65 with teammates Richard Johnson (22.32) and Myles Barrow (22.82) finishing fourth and seventh, respectively.
Christopher McGraw was sixth in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a 15.95 while Keigan Gardiner was eighth in the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:00.35. The Lutes 4x400-meter relay closed the wet afternoon by placing fourth overall in 3:36.51.
In the field events, Cody Barnett tuned in a fourth place finish in the high jump, clearing six feet, one inches.
PLU scored 47 points at the meet and was the top finishing Division III institution, finishing behind four scholarship Division II programs. Western Washington University won the 17-team meet with 172 points with Central Washington University placing second with 96.5 points.
The Lutes return to the track on Friday, heading to McMinnville, Oregon for day one of the 2018 Northwest Conference Championships.