(Spokane, Wa) - The weather was an added event at the Sam Adams Invitational on Saturday held at Whitworth University. Challenging conditions didn’t stop the Sasquatch track squads from racking up both personal and seasonal best results.
Our sprints and hurdle group had numerous season bests. Preston Dyess ran his fastest 200-meter ever with a 23.69 and ran on the 4x100-meter that also improved, running a 43.73. Jon Watkins ran a season best in the 200-meter with a 22.63 and was also on the 4x100-meter relay. Watkins time moves him to the number two spot on the NWAC performance list, while the 4x100-meter relay remains second. On the women’s side, Kiley Cutler ran her first ever 400-meter hurdles and ran a respectable time of 1:08.2, placing seventh. Miranda Irwin ran a time of 1:02.4 in the 400-meter hurdles which is a two-second personal best. Kiley is currently ranked top on the NWAC list and Miranda comes in ranked at number three.
Jake Schnatter won the men’s long jump with a winning leap of 21 feet and 4 inches. One of the top three long jumpers in the conference, Schnatter had a busy day on Saturday. In addition to taking the long jump title, Jake ran the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay that finished in third place overall in the meet running 43.73, good for the second best mark on the NWAC performance list so far. He was also sixth overall in the men’s 100-meter, running an 11.39 in the rain and cold.
In the men’s high jump, team captain Jaxson Nichols continues to improve by finishing second with a season best of 6 feet and 1.5 inches, good for the fourth best jump in the conference this year. Finishing third in the men’s triple jump was Dylan Rendhal with a leap of 38 feet and 10.25 inches, earning him a top five spot in the conference. Dylan also ran a key leg on the 4x100-meter and was eighth overall in the open men’s 400-meter running 55.49.
Shelby Irmer was very solid on Saturday and continues to make improvements each week in the horizontal jumps. Irmer was fourth in the long jump with a season best jump of 15 feet and 8.75 inches. Doubling back in the triple jump, she places fifth overall with a jump of 31 feet and 5.75 inches. Shelby ranks fourth on the NWAC performance list in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump.
The Sasquatch throws crew continues to impress each week as they continue to among the very best in the conference. Bradley Fillis finished third in the shot-put throwing 44’ 10.25”, was fourth in the hammer throw at 170’ 10” and was sixth in the discus with a mark of 142’ 3”. Fillis continues to be the top ranked thrower in the conference in the shot and discus, while ranking second in the hammer.
Teammates, Giovanni Nila finished fourth in the javelin with a season and personal best throw of 169 feet and 9 inches. He was sixth overall in the shotput, throwing 41 feet and 7.75 inches. Brooks Michaels also had a season and personal best in the hammer placing seventh against a stacked field with a throw of 145 feet and 5 inches currently fourth on the NWAC list. He also finished fifth in the shot with a throw of 41 feet and 9.75 inches. Earning a double season and personal best was Colby Anderson finishing eighth overall in the discus throwing 137 feet and 9 inches and eleventh overall in the hammer at 137 feet and 1 inch.
Making her initial meet throwing the javelin was Peyton Knox who finished eleventh overall with a best throw of 82 feet and 4 inches, good for the seventh best in the conference so far.
Joey Woodland was seventh and Reise Raymond was tenth in the javelin throwing 146 feet and 1 inch and 134 feet and 5 inches, respectively.
On the distance side, the wind and rain made for difficult racing conditions yet Sasquatch Kaidyn Johnson turned in a stellar performance in the women’s 5,000-meter with a big seasonal and personal best and currently the second best mark in the conference running a fine 19:37.
Up next, is a return to Boppell Track at Whitworth University for the Buc Invite and Multi Event on March 24th and 25th, beginning at 11:30am each day for the multi’s and at 2:30 pm for field and running events.
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