Written by Student Assistant Garrett Hittner
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's track & field teams head to Lewis & Clark College on Saturday for its final regular season meet of the year. The Lutes will compete at the Lewis & Clark Invitational against six of the eight Northwest Conference competitors just one week before the Northwest Conference Championships.
Last week, the Lutes competed at George Fox University's Rich Allen Classic with the women winning six events and the men tallying three event wins.
For the women, Maddie Smith competed well for the Lutes in both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 400-meter hurdles. Outside of athletics, Maddie has spent time studying abroad. She spent a semester in Mexico and a J-term trip to Ecuador and Peru. In addition to all of this she traveled to Morocco for the annual UN Climate Change Conference in late fall.
"Going to the UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco was one of the best experiences of my life!," said Smith. "I wanted to go in order to learn more about how people around the world are dealing with climate change and coming together to try to shift the way we all think about this issue."
On the track, Maddie looks to finish a strong season for the Lutes women's team.
"At Lewis and Clark this weekend my goal is to run a 1,500-meters PR and a solid 4x400 leg as a good tune up before running the steeple and 400 hurdles at the conference meet."
Justin Evans was unable to compete over the weekend due to an injury occurring a week prior but he still has big aspirations for the season.
"It was frustrating that I wasn't able to practice and compete alongside my teammates."
Taking a meet off is always a difficult for an athlete but it is always important to focus on the bigger picture. This includes allowing your expectations and aspirations shift as needed.
"My goals are constantly changing in order to continue pushing myself to run faster and jump farther."
Saturday's meet in Portland gets underway at 9 a.m.