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LACEY, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's track & field team competed in its final meet before the Northwest Conference Championships, placing fourth overall at the Jay Hammer Invitational hosted by Saint Martin's University.
"The team had a great meet, coming away with some PRs and season's bests despite a steady rain all day," said Head Coach Adam Frye. "We're primed for next weekend's NWC Championships. We've been building for this meet all season and it will be fun to see some special performances from our athletes."
Kelsey Hathaway had another great day on the runway, finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 4 1/4 inches and placing third in the triple jump with a leap of 33' 9 1/4". Teammate Emily Burk was one spot back in fourth in the triple, jumping 32' 10 1/2".
Vakeaemanu Hunkin was third in the shot put (39' 3 3/4"), sixth in the discus (116' 7"), and eighth in the hammer throw (138' 0") while fellow throwers Carlie Kilcup was seventh in the javelin (110' 1") and Emma Peters was eighth in the discus (113' 1"). Pole vaulter Maggie Watson was fourth, clearing 9' 5 3/4" with Kayla Ozawa taking fifth in the event.
On the track, Kalen Keim was runner-up in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish in 12.55 seconds with Bailey Forsyth finishing fourth in 12.59. Audrey Madison was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.76 while clocking a 1:09.17 in the 400-meter hurdles.
PLU finished fourth overall in the team standings at the 19-team meet and was the top scoring Division III squad with 71.5 points. Division II Western Washington University won the meet with 143 points followed by Concordia University with 107 points.
The Lutes return to the track on Friday, heading to McMinnville, Oregon for day one of the 2018 Northwest Conference Championships.