Written by Student Assistant Garrett Hittner
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – The Pacific Lutheran University women's track and field team won two events at the Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker, the Lutes' first meet of the outdoor season.
The Lutes had a strong showing from sprinter Andraya Conger who made her collegiate debut by winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.18 seconds while also running the 100-meter dash (13.68) and the opening leg of the 4x400-meter relay that finished fourth (4:35.47).
"Conger showed a great start to her first collegiate meet and season with a win in the 200m," said sprints coach Marqui Makupson
Also placing first was Maddie Smith in the 3,000-meter steeplchase, winning the event in a time of 12:32.56.
"The whole team showed up for a great first meet! We are looking forward to a great meet in a week," said Head Coach Adam Frye.
In the throws, Vakeaemanu Hunkin placed second in the shot put with a throw of 38 feet, 5 1/2 inches while Machaela Graddy took third in the javelin with a throw of 122' 10". Charene Stovall was fifth in both the shot put (36' 4 3/4") and discus (112' 6").
"The throwers started out strong and kept the competitive spirit high. Each athlete showed that they were capable of showing up and being a strong competitor," said throws coach Adam Riddle.
The Lutes return home for the PLU Open next Saturday, the only on-campus meet of the season.