Vanessa Kuffner, Staff Writer
The Track & Field Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) championships were held in Boise, Idaho this past month. We had multiple Saints make it to the finals, and break personal and school records across the board.
Assistant coach Atanas Atanassov stated, “I think it was a very good performance because we had 11 personal best results and multiple school records were broken…” Ashleigh Fraser broke the school record for women’s long jump, hitting the mark of 5.43 meters, placing fourth overall. Tiffany Pott also started off the meet by breaking a school record for the pentathlon, placing 11th overall. “I think [the GNAC championships went] alright, I was just hoping to just get an improvement from last year but ended up getting the school record… but there was a lot of good competition over all,” said Pott.
The men’s 4×4 relay team beat the school record, coming in at 3:35.93. Zachary Anguay and Jackson Hand, who are a part of the 4×4 team, said they were excited and nervous for the meet. “I didn’t think that we would get the school record, we all just kind of looked at the clock and were all in shock at first. We all ran hard and that’s pretty much how it went.” Said Anguay. Hand added, “It was just surprising, we thought we could that was the goal and everybody ran well so we were happy with it.”
Matt DeHan PR’ed in his 60-meter dash at 7.16, right behind Logan Armstrong at 7.15. DeHan also placed 12th overall in pole vault, with high marks of 6.48 meters. “GNAC went really well for how the season started off, I only had one mark which was right before break. And when we went to Boise, Idaho, I jumped 15 feet and after that I had no marks. So, the meet went really good because I finally cleared a bar and it was at the meet that counted and I was really happy about that.” Commented DeHan.
At the GNAC as a senior, Anthony Manago, finished his indoor season winning overall in the long jump at 6.93 meters. “It’s a little sad but I am happy just to do the sport that I love. I’ll keep training and maybe be an assistant coach so that should be fun.” Said Manago about finishing his last season of track. After running track since the sixth grade, Manago’s season may have come to an end but he will continue to support the Saints by sticking around a little longer to coach and mentor the incoming team members.
Fellow jumper, Josh Schulz, placed third in the finals with 6.58 meters after landing a seed of 7.0 meters. Liz Larson also got third place for weight throwing, landing an impressive 16.22 meters. Ariya Kendrick finished third overall in the women’s 60-meter hurdles at 9.23.
Overall the GNAC championships were successful for the Saints. They will begin gearing up for the outdoor season. The outdoor season will begin at the University of Puget Sound Quad Meet in Tacoma. There will also be one home meet for the Saints on May 14.