Friday, March 15, 2013

Track team shows well at home meet

Lutes pick up several victories at PLU Invitational

by Brandon Adam, Sports Writer

    The Pacific Lutheran Track and Field team performed well at the PLU Invitational on Saturday. Throwers and runners alike racked up points and had their moments to shine.

    The PLU Invitational was the Lutes’ only home meet of the season.

    Both men and women throwers did not disappoint by dominating in hammer, discus and shot-put.

    Pleasant weather on Saturday contributed to the Lutes’ winning energy.

    “The atmosphere was good. All of us were throwing well,” senior Katie Jahnsen said. “Everyone had PRs [personal records].”

    Jahnsen achieved a personal record in hammer throwing 44.40 meters, placing second.
    Senior Jorgina Moore won the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 46.83 meters, breaking her previous record.

    “It’s nice to PR early in the season,” Moore said. Moore’s goal is to hit 50 meters this season.

    Junior Kyle Peart won the hammer throw with a distance of 54.62 meters. Peart foresees a strong season for the throwers.

    “We’re looking good,” Peart said. “I like where we’re at now.”

    Peart hopes the PLU throwers continue their success throughout the season.

    “I hope we keep improving every meet,” Peart said. “We’re a really strong team this year.”

    Throwers Tevon Stephen-Brown, a sophomore, and Samantha Potter, a junior, placed first in their respective men’s and women’s shot-put. Stephen-Brown, who hadn’t won in any track event until last weekend, won with a distance of 14.88 meters.

    “It’s pretty tight,” Stephen-Brown said. “Even in high school I was always behind other guys.”

    In discus, Potter placed first with a distance of 12.06 meters.

    In javelin, junior Stephanie McFarland placed third with her final and furthest attempt of 36.3 meters.

    Standout athletes in the running events were sophomore Davey Fisher who placed first in the 400 hurdles and sophomore Marquite Makupson who finished second in the 100-meter dash.

    Makupson achieved a personal record of 11.33 seconds beating his previous time of 11.53 seconds. Makupson said he is content with cutting time off his record early in the season.

    The men’s 4x100 relay enjoyed a PR of 43.44.

    “Last week we had our first meet at Linfield and that went really well,” first-year runner Shaun Bradley said. He said he was pleased with the team’s ability to carry over last week’s drive into their home meet.

    “Lots of fans out here,” Bradley said. “That will help us out a lot.”

    In men’s pole-vault, first-year Ignacio Ibarra finished .02 meters under Saint Martin’s vaulter Joseph Keeton, with a height of 4.16 meters.

    Pacific Lutheran’s next meet is March 22-23 at the Lewis and Clark Invitational.