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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's track & field team turned in several strong performances on Saturday afternoon in its final tune-up before the Northwest Conference Championships, placing second overall at the Lewis & Clark Invitational.
Vakeaemanu Hunkin continued her impressive rookie season with the Lutes, winning the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 6 3/4 inches with Charene Stovall finishing runner-up with a season best toss of 40' 10 1/2". Stovall additionally placed third in the discus (117' 3") and sixth in the hammer throw (127' 6") while Neely Harding was fourth in the discus (116' 8"). Machaela Graddy was third in the javelin with a toss of 113' 0" while Olga Mogen was one spot back in fourth with a toss of 112' 11".
Avalyne Peters tied for second place in the high jump, clearing 4' 10 1/2" while Kayla Bach was fifth, clearing the exact same height. Emily Burk was fourth in the triple jump (33' 1") while also placing fifth in the long jump (16' 1").
On the track, Kalen Keim was third in the 100-meter dash, clocking a season-best time of 12.83 seconds while Andraya Conger was fourth in the 200-meter dash (26.89). Miranda Berg and Allie VanBenschoten placed back-to-back in third and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles, stopping the clock in 1:13.61 and 1:14.95, respectively.
In the relays, PLU logged a pair of third place finishes, clocking a 51.70 for the 4x100-meter relay and a 4:16.80 in the 4x400-meter relay.
"It was a great day of track & field for the Lutes," said Head Coach Adam Frye. "We had our best conditions of the season and took advantage of the opportunity. The team continues to build momentum heading into the NWC Championships."
Pacific Lutheran tallied 120.83 points in the team standings, finishing runner-up at the six-team meet. Linfield College seized the team title, amassing 199 points while Pacific University was 12 points behind PLU in third place.
The Lutes return to action on Friday afternoon, trekking to Spokane, Washington for day one of the Northwest Conference Championships hosted by Whitworth University.