Written by Student Assistant Garrett Hittner
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University women's track & field team won three events and finished strong at the on-campus PLU Open on Saturday afternoon.
Leading the Lute jumpers was Kayla Bach who won the high jump after clearing five feet, 0 1/4 inches while pole vaulters Maggie Watson and Olivia Raymond finished in first and second place, respectively after both clearing 9' 11 1/4".
Assistant Coach Chris Rice was very pleased with the jumpers after the meet and how they competed.
"Despite adverse weather, the team performed well and competed hard the entire day. It's also great to see the team remained healthy throughout the meet," said Rice.
Vakeaemanu Hunkin threw the shot put 40' 8 1/4" which was more than enough to win the event. Teammate Charene Stovall placed third in the shot put with a throw of 38' 8 1/4" while also finishing third in the discus (122' 3"). Machaela Graddy also placed third in the javelin with a toss of 120' 8".
Hurdler Allie VanBenschoten placed second both the 100-meter hurdles (17.71) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:13.35).
Other notable performances include a pair of runner-up finishes by both the 4x100-meter relay (50.77) and 4x400-meter relay teams (4:25.53) along with third place showings from Maddie Smith in the 400-meter hurdles (1:13.84) and Paige Runco in the high jump (4' 10 1/4").
Head Coach Adam Frye was pleased with the team's performance after a solid day of competition.
"It was fun to compete at home and we had a bunch of exciting performances today. Many of the team's family and friends were at the meet to day and it's great that they are out here to support the team."
The Lutes look forward to another strong week of practice before heading to Portland for a meet hosted by Lewis & Clark College on the 17th and 18th of March.