Completing a solid collegiate career with an appearance at the recent Great West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, senior Elena Collins (Eugene, Ore.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
Collins posted a season-best time in the 400 meter dash preliminaries Friday, May 11, finishing in 58.88 seconds. She was the anchor for the Redhawks' 4x400 meter relay squad that finished sixth in the event Saturday, May 12, in 3:58.12.
At the 2012 Great West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, she posted a time of 61.01 seconds in the 400 meter dash preliminaries, plus she led off the 4x400 meter relay quartet that posted a time of 4:03.95, good enough for a third place finish. She ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the 2011 outdoor conference championships that set a school record with a time of 3:54.71.
"Elena has pushed her body further than most every other athlete could imagine. She has undergone several surgeries to ensure she would be able to have a full senior season. She led the women's 400 meter group this year both on and off the track by showing what it takes to be successful. Elena's determination and dedication will be missed next year as the underclassmen will all look to fill her shoes," Seattle U assistant track and field coach Chad Pharis said.
Collins's personal best time of 26.85 seconds in the 200 meter dash came at the Ken Shannon Invitational May 8, 2010. The next week at the 2010 Great West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, she posted her personal best in the 400 meter dash, finishing in 58.52 seconds.
A nursing major, Collins brings a 3.745 grade point average into her final quarter at Seattle University. She earned Academic All-Great West recognition in both 2010 and 2011 for her performance both on the track and in the classroom.
The Seattle University athletics department selects a Featured Student-Athlete each week, announced every Tuesday during the competition year on GoSeattleU.com, based on accomplishments both in the classroom and in athletic competition.