Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Athletes set personal records at conference championships

By Allie Hamilton, Guest Reporter

It was a big weekend for the Pacific Lutheran track and field team.

The men used their home field advantage to take third out of the eight teams in the conference. The women struggled to place seventh.

The weather provided ideal conditions with 60 degrees with clear skies.

Almost every member of the throwing team achieved a new personal record.

Thrower sophomore Kyle Peart earned a new personal records in all three of his events.

He placed first in the hammer throw with 182’ 7’’ and second in the shot put with 51’ 6.5’’.

Peart was followed in the shot put by teammates senior Mike Vavricka and junior Ryan Ransavage who placed third and fourth respectively.

Ransavage also hit a new personal record of 151’ 4’’ in discus, taking third.

“Everything we do is to prepare for that meet so I knew there would be a lot of PRs [personal records], just not that many to that magnitude,” throwing coach Dan Haakenson said.

Thrower sophomore Sam Potter beat his personal records in the hammer throw and discus, placing third in shot put and first in discus with a mark of 136’ 6’’.

Junior Jorgina Moore beat her personal best by 15’ in the hammer throw, her mark of 145’ 3’’ earning her fourth place.

PLU picked up points in women’s javelin with a one-two-three finish.

First-year Chelsea Nelson placed first with 126’ 8’’ followed by teammates senior Ayla Mull and sophomore Stephanie McFarland.

First-year sprinter and jumper Marqui Makupson got a new personal record in the triple jump. He placed first with a mark of 45’ 7.75’’.

First-year sprinter and jumper Emanuell Sloan got personal records in all of his events. Sloan placed eighth in the 200-meter dash and second in the long jump, just .25’’ shy of first place.

Senior sprinter Barrett Bollen won the 400-meter hurdles in a photo finish with a time of 55.8 seconds.

Junior sprinter Jeffrey Tolman placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.91 seconds.

Senior sprinter Orion Bras finished second in the 400-meter dash with 49.52 seconds. Junior Davey Fisher placed third, not far behind Bras with a time of 49.61 seconds.

Fisher also competed in the 400-meter hurdles, where he was expected to place first.

However, his leg got caught on the third hurdle and he went down and placed last.

“I knew I was probably out of the race, but I had to finish,” Fisher said.

First-year sprinter Alan Bell placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles and sixth in the 400 hurdles.

“It happens to the best of us,” Bell said. “The times he [Fisher] is putting up are amazing, but you gain more respect by getting up and finishing than getting a fast time.”

Bell and Fisher, along with Bras, were also members of the 4x400 meter relay team, which placed second.

The 4x400 relay is the last event of the meet and is considered the most exciting by many. The crowd seemed to double in size as everyone craned to get a view.

The Lutes ran a tight race but George Fox pulled ahead in the last stretch.

As the anchor for the Lutes, Bras made up a lot of time to secure second place. He pulled his hamstring in the process.

His teammates commended his sacrifice.

“He really went all out. He did great,” Fisher said of Bras.

“We left everything out on the track,” Bell said.