Pacific Women’s Track Team places 3rd, men places 5th at the 2024 Northwest Conference Championships

Newberg, Or. – The Boxers competed in the 2024 Northwest Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20. The meet was hosted at George Fox University. The women’s team came third with 98 points, their best result in 51 years since 1973, when the women’s team won. The men’s team finished a close fifth with 67 points, just three points behind fourth-placed Linfield.


Top performers

The women had two individual conference champions: Cris Broeder won the women’s stealle chase in a PR of 11:18.24, just four seconds shy of the school record. Brethower had a conservative first lap with the field before pulling away and putting a 14-second lead over the field. Brethower finished seventh in this race a year ago. Emily Rutkowski defended her title in the 400m hurdles and won the race with a PR of 1:04.60. It was a very tight race between Rutkowski and Emily Brown of Whitworth until the final hurdle, which both women hit. Brown fell while Rutkowski was able to keep her stride and sprint to victory.

The men’s team includes the 4x100m relay team Romel Moreland, Brody Bantolina, Zion Boeker And Luke Dahl won the race with a blazing time of 41.63, a new school record. The men got off to a good start and had a very smooth, clean handover, winning the race at Whitworth by 0.23 seconds.

Henry Tierney was a two-time champion in the 1500m and 800m. On Friday, Tierney won the preliminary round of the 800 meters in 1:52.70. On Saturday, Tierney ran against a competitive field in the men’s 1500 meters, largely led by PLU’s Ryan Stracke. Coming off the final turn, Tierney mounted a wave and the race was three abroad, on the homestretch between Tierney, Stracke and defending champion Ben Kerr of Puget Sound. Tierney took the lead in the final part of the race and won the event in 3:51.38. Later that day, Tierney returned for the 800 meters final in a loaded field – the slowest qualifying time from the previous day was 1:55.30. The top four separated from the group in the first 100 meters of the race, with Tierney making a big move at 300 meters to close the gap. He entered the final round in fifth place, with the top five all lined up. On the backstretch, Tierney moved into second place behind George Fox’s Larry Trefry. After the final turn, Tierney and Trefry went head-to-head on the home stretch, with Tierney winning in 1:53.37 to Trefry’s 1:53.46.

Both Ally Hammond And Annie Berry won silver medals at the meet. Hammond placed second in the women’s 100 meter hurdles, with a time of 14.79, a PR for her and, believe it or not, ANOTHER school record for Hammond this season. She cannot be stopped. She also came second in the long jump with a jump of 5.47 meters. Kira Hawaaboo of Linfield won the long jump with a leap of 5.96m and is currently ranked No. 1 in NCAA DIII. Annie Berry On Saturday she took silver in both the 1500 meters and the 800 meters for women. In the 1500 meters, a group of Berry, George Fox’s Ellie Rising and Malia Heien on Lewis and Clark were close together for the first half of the race. In the third lap Rising and Heien pulled away from Berry. On the final lap, Rising surged away to win, and Berry delivered a fierce kick to overtake and surpass Heien at the line, finishing second in 4:38.29 to Heien’s 4:38.80. Later that day, the trio competed against each other again in the 800m. Rising came away with the win, clocking in 2:11.49, currently the #9 time in DIII. Heien and Berry ran the first lap together, and on the final lap Heien set up a wave that created a five-meter lead over Berry. The gap remained until the last 150 meters of the race, where a big final push from Berry gave her a very narrow victory over Heien, with Berry clocking in 2:16.12 and Heien in 2:16.13.

Three Boxers earned bronze for third place. Luke Dahl came third in both the men’s 100 meters and 200 meters sprint, with 10.87 in the 100 meters and 21.69 in the 200 meters. Alexander Rhodes of Puget Sound won the 200 meters with a time of 21.27. Ally Hammond’s The third medal of the day was her third place in the women’s 200 meters, where she ran 25.23, a PR for her. In the women’s triple jump Jonette Singh had a day. Singh, who entered the competition ranked 11th, had a very consistent first round with a score of 10.50 that took her to the final. In the final she had a huge final jump of 11.07m to finish third, just behind runner-up Kyleigh Archer of PLU, who jumped 11.08m, just a quarter of an inch better.

Also scoring for the Boxers:

Kamron shields400m, 6th place (50.28)

Zion Boeker400m, 8th place (58.00)

Angelica Gatica Gomez400m, 4th place (58.23)

Liz Bradley, 1500m, 6th place (4:49.80)

Maddy Hubbs1500m, 7th place (4:51.62)

Cris Broeder5k, 5th place (18:15.90)

Autumn GerardDiscus, 6th place (38.54) and Hammer, 6th place (40.23)

Ryder Mackay and Jayden Fordhamhigh jump, shared 4th (1.85m)

Jayden Fordhamtriple jump, 8th place (12.96m)

Ro’o Sattis-Ellis, long jump, 6th place (6.78m)

Luke Dahllong jump, 7th place (6.76m)

Jarod Morenpole vault, 7th place (3.93m)

Makayla Kraemerpole vault, 4th place (3.25m)

Relay 4×100 meters ladies Greta KoeglerKimmie Vidinah, Ally Hammond, Jonette Singh6th place (50.66)

Relay 4×400 meters ladies Emily Rutkowski, Katrina Brisbois, Annie Berry, Angelica Gatica Gomez5th place (4:03.37)

Relay 4 x 400 meters men Luke Dahl, Alex Heinze, Zion Boeker, Kamron shields5th place (3:22.48)

Next one

While many track athletes in the Pacific will complete their seasons, some Boxers will continue to compete in the coming weeks in the hunt for school records, PRs and national qualifying marks. The next meet on the schedule for Pacific is the OSU High Performance Meet, hosted by Oregon State on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.

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