Warm weather and fast times were on full display at the Whitworth Sam Adams Class on Saturday, April 17 for the Sasquatch track and field squad. A number of event winners against some of the best talent and top competition the Pacific Northwest has to offer was the order of the day for the Sasquatch. Competing against 28 different colleges and universities with over 500 athletes from all levels it was the best day of the year so far, and the team delivered when it counted.
McKenzie Fletcher had a great day running a personal best of 15.61 in the 100-meter hurdles. She ran another personal best in winning the 400-meter for a second week in a row with a great time of 1:03.75. This moves her to the ninth fastest time in school history and is fastest time in the conference by over eight seconds. Kaitren Fischer had a season best of 17.53 in the 100-meter hurdles and continues in the No. 2 spot on the conference 400-meter hurdle list at 1:11.60.
Tressa Wood continued her fantastic freshman season with another personal best in the 5k running 19:23 and finishing in seventh place, Tressa sits No. 6 overall in the conference.
In the throwing events, Hannah Gilmore made her season debut in the Shot Put hitting the number two throw in the NWAC so far this year with a toss of 35 feet and 3.25 inches, just .75 inches away from the top mark. Gilmore also hit a season best in the hammer with the No. 5 throw in the conference, with a mark of 117 feet and 11 inches. In the third event of the day, the sophomore from Walla Walla just missed her season best with a solid throw of 115 feet and 6 inches.
Teammate Kylie Heimbigner also has a lifetime best in the javelin throw finishing sixth overall in the meet and throwing the fifth best throw in the conference with a new mark of 111 feet and 1 inches.
Shadle Park freshman Tori Arnold won the women's triple jump event with a leap of 35 feet and 3.75 inches beating the second-place competitor by almost a full foot.
Harlan Stuits exploded on the track running a time of 14.58 in the 110-meter hurdles. This time earned him a second place overall, a lifetime best and good for the twelfth fastest time in school history and remains the conference leader. He also took first in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a personal best of 54.20.
Drew Crosbie ran a personal best of 57.57 in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and is ranked second in the conference.
The Sasquatch men’s 4x100-meter relay of John Watkins, Drew Crosbie, Harlan Stuits, and Jake Schnatter took a half a second off their time, running a 43.2 and took second place overall.
Giovanni Raskell ran his first 10k ever and despite the unusually warm temperature still managed to finish second in the race, his time of 32:19 puts him first in the conference.
Travis Hicks improved on his season best in the 1500-meter, running 4:01.54 and finishing fifth overall. This time puts him No. 3 in the conference behind teammates Johan Correa and Anthony Carlascio.
Joseph Brantley ran 4:14 which is 12 seconds faster than last week and Gideon Swanson improved by seven seconds to run 4:22. In the men's steeple chase, Ryson Sweeney came away with a 36-second personal record running 10:56, which keeps him at fourth place in the conference.
The sasquatch vertical jumps crew of Jackson Nichols and Connor Baumgartner turned in top jumps of the year in the men’s high jump. Nichols topped last week’s jump of 6 feet 3 inches with his best of the year clearing 6 feet and 4 inches and having a couple of close misses at the next height of 6 feet and 6 inches.
Baumgartner also had a lifetime and season best competition jump easily clearing 6 feet and 2 inches and then coming just as close at the height of 6 feet and 4 inches.
Aster Dotson delivered on the potential he showed at last week’s meet. The warmer temperatures and less wind were a big help for Dotson who finished third overall in the event with a near lifetime best of 178 feet and 10 inches. The current NWAC ranked No. 1 improved his leading throw by 12 feet. Currently, Aster and Joey Woodland pace the conference at No. 1 and No. 2.
Bradley Fillis continues to show outstanding range of talent each week. This week it was his turn in the discus to hit a new season and lifetime best finishing fifth overall with a very respectable 149 feet throw. This is currently the No. 2 mark in the NWAC. Fillis ranks No. 1 in the shot put and No. 2 in the hammer so far this year.
The men’s’ sprints crew had a successful day with several improvements and season bests. Freshmen Jake Schnatter sprinted to 22.53 seconds in the 200-meter, placing fourth and beating his previous best by 2 tenths of a second (22.79) earning a top three spot on the conference 200-meter list.
Freshman Jon Watkins also had an exciting day, running a season and all-time best in the 400-meter in a time of 49.85 seconds, shaving off almost a full second from his previous best last weekend (50.79 sec). Watkins is ranked second on the conference 400-meter list and fourth on the 200-meter list.
The horizontal jumps crew also had some solid performances this weekend. Freshmen Jake Schnatter leaped a season best of 21 feet which is almost a full foot improvement from last weekend (20 feet and 1.75 inches). Jaxon Nichols had a season best of 21 feet and .50 inches with a seventh-place overall finish in that event.
Up next is the University of Idaho Invitational on Saturday, April 24 at the Dan O’Brien track on the Moscow campus. Field events begin at 10:00 a.m. with the national anthem and running events kicking off at 12:00 p.m.