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Women's Track & Field Shines at Spring Break Open

Women's Track & Field Shines at Spring Break Open

Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication


PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's track & field squad tallied several strong performances on Saturday, competing at the Spring Break Open hosted by Lewis & Clark College.

Vakeaemanu Hunkin continued to show progress in the throwing events, finishing fifth overall in the shot put. The first-year recorded a season-best toss of 42 feet, 7 1/2 inches, a mark that currently sits as the fourth best in program history. Hunkin additionally finished 14th in the hammer throw (126' 1 3/4") and 17th in the discus throw (108' 4 1/4"). Fellow Lute Charene Stovall placed 11th in both the shot put (38' 7 1/2") and discus (121' 6 1/4").

On the track, Mekenzie Voellger placed eighth in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish in two minutes, 23.60 seconds. Allie VanBenschoten was 14th in the 400-meter hurdles (1:10.84) and 15th in the 100-meter hurdles (17.53) while the 4x100-meter relay finished fourth, making one circuit around the track in 51.23.

Kayla Bach finished 11th in the high jump, clearing 4' 8 3/4" on her first attempt while Maggie Watson cleared a season-best height of 10' 2" in the pole vault, finishing 13th. Machaela Graddy was 10th in the javelin with a toss of 111' 2 1/4" while Emma Peters (101' 10 3/4") and Olga Mogen (99' 5 1/2") finished 12th and 13th, respectively.

"The women's team is growing well with their performances today," said assistant coach Kelly Egge. "Some good PRs on the day with many season bests. I"m excited to see how the team improves as the season progresses."

Pacific Lutheran tallied 13 points in the team standings, tying for 13th-place with meet host Lewis & Clark. Oregon State University of the Pacific 12 Conference won the meet, scoring 177 points with Division II Western Washington University (82.5 points) taking second place.

The Lutes are back on the track next Saturday, competing at the Peyton Scoring Meet hosted by crosstown rival University of Puget Sound.