Kaytie Bateman (Chehalis, Wash.) and Katie Tougas (Edmonds, Wash.) found their way onto the medal stand with top three finishes as the second day of the 2012 Great West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships took place Friday at Turner Stadium.
Starting the day in sixth place in the heptathlon after Thursday's four events, Bateman posted a mark of 4.91 meters (16' 1.5") in the long jump, followed by a top effort of 31.21 meters (102' 5") in the javelin throw to move into fifth place. She then posted the fastest time in the 800 meter run among the competitors, a personal-best mark of 2:30.56, to finish with a school-record 4,042 points and a third-place finish in the event.
Tougas finished second in the women's long jump with a top leap of 5.45 meters (17' 10.75"), just over an inch further than the third place finisher. Cali Cull (Marysville, Wash.) finished in 10th place in the event with a best effort of 4.93 meters (16' 2.25").
Stephen Squatrito (Phoenix, Ariz.) also scored for the Redhawks, finishing sixth in the men's pole vault after clearing a height of 4.25 meters (13' 11.25"). Also in the field events, Nick Bever (Seattle, Wash.) finished in 12th place in the men's long jump with a mark of 5.99 meters (19' 8"), while in the women's shot put, Bethany Richards (Shoreline, Wash.) finished in 12th place with a top throw of 10.52 meters (34' 6.25") and Sara Blakely (Spokane, Wash.) finished in 15th place with a best effort of 9.36 meters (30' 8.5").
Several Redhawks qualified for Saturday finals in the short-distance track events. Austin Thummel-Gravitt (Puyallup, Wash.) posted the fastest time in the men's 400 meter dash at 48.89 seconds, a personal best. Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.) won his heat and was the second-fastest qualifier in the men's 100 meter dash with a time of 10.71 seconds, and Eric Patterson-Floyd (Seattle, Wash.) also qualified for the 100 meter dash finals with a time of 11.13 seconds.
Dan Auld (Eugene, Ore.) qualified for the finals in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:54.43, but Colton Misono (Newcastle, Calif.) was not able to move on after finishing in 10th place with a time of 1:56.56. Kelton Sears (Maple Valley, Wash.) qualified after winning his section of the men's 1500 meter run with a time of 4:03.81, while Jennifer Stolle (Seattle, Wash.) posted a time of 4:51.15 and Sarah Bolce (Sacramento, Calif.) finished in 4:51.89 to qualify for the finals of the women's 1500 meter run.
Elena Collins (Eugene, Ore.) finished the women's 400 meter dash preliminaries in 11th place with a time of 58.88 seconds, while Candice de Sauvage (Foster City, Calif.) took exactly one minute to finish her race. Once lightning and rain moved into the area, competition was halted and could not be restarted. Therefore, the men's 400 meter hurdles with Samuel Engle (Portland, Ore.), the women's 200 meter dash with Tougas and Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.), and the men's 200 meter dash with Stanfield and Zachary Schlachter (Tigard, Ore.) will be run as timed finals.
The 3000 meter steeplechase was also postponed due to the weather. The women's race, including Redhawk sophomore Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.), is now scheduled for Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. local time (7:00 a.m. Pacific time), followed by Sears competing in the men's event.
In the team standings, the Seattle U men are in seventh place with 20 points, but the three teams ahead of them (Texas-Pan American, NJIT, CSU Bakersfield) are within eight points heading into the final day. The Redhawk women are tied with Houston Baptist for fourth place with 20 points. Utah Valley is on top of the standings for both the men and the women, but the North Dakota men are only five-and-a-half points behind, while the Wolverine women enjoyed a comfortable 33-point advantage.
After the 3000 meter steeplechase races, the regularly scheduled events will begin at 10:00 a.m. local time with the women's high jump and the men's triple jump. The rest of the track events will start at 12 noon Central time with the 4x100 meter relay. Live results will be available from the track and field schedule page on GoSeattleU.com.