Successful outing in final regular season track meet

One last meet–that’s what the Seattle Pacific track and field team had left. One last meet to show what they got, one last meet to prove what they could do, and one last meet to make the post-season push.

“A lot of us were hoping to get better qualifying marks,” freshman Maddi Hommes said. “That was the main goal.”

The final meet of the regular season was held in Lacey, Wash. at the St. Martin’s Invitational, where the men and women competed for the last time before the GNAC and national championship meets.

Everyone was trying to get the best times they could.

And there were many success stories.

One of the most prominent stories was that SPU had three freshmen— Hommes, Ali Sowers and Cheryl Hong—     run the 400-meter hurdles for the first time all season.

Despite the inexperience, they did extremely well. Hommes finished second overall with a time of 1:05.28, and Sowers and Hong were fourth and fifth, respectively.

“We were all pretty excited about it,” Hommes said. “It helped [to get a good time], and it gave us a good attitude.”

The three same freshmen also competed during the GNAC Multi-Event Championships in the heptathlon. Hommes, who also plays volleyball in the fall, took the best score out of the three freshmen once again with a third place overall finish with 4,391 points throughout seven events.

Sowers took seventh and Hong took eighth.

There were other great stories over the weekend at Lacey–the women’s 4×100 relay team took first place, barely missing the 47 second mark, something that they have been trying to do all season, and numerous men and women finished with great times in various events.

“There were a lot of people doing events that they [don’t] usually do,” Hommes said. “It was fun to see.”

However, maybe the greatest success story of all came from the men’s side of things when sophomore Adam Avischious broke his personal best and qualified for GNAC in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:57.05 seconds, good enough for a first place finish.

“There were quite a few really good performances,” Hommes said. “[Avischious] had the qualifying time in the 1500. That was really fun to see.”

The stellar performances got astounding recognition from people all over the team, and summed up what the team was all about during this final meet–just making that last push.

“I think it went great,” senior Kishia Mitchell said. “People qualified for GNAC and nationals. Everyone raced well, and that’s always exciting.”

The team must now take all that excitement from the last regular season meet and turn it toward the championship season, starting next week with the GNAC Championships in Monmouth, Ore. for a two-day event on Friday and Saturday.

For most, having the right mindset is one of the most important things.

“I just want to do well,” Mitchell said. “I try not to focus on times and places. I just want to go have fun [for] my senior year.”

No matter what kind of mindset the team has, they all must focus on the task at hand–finishing as well as possible.

 And for most of the team, that’s the most exciting experience. Some of them have never even been of this stage.

“I am so excited I never really had the opportunity to compete and score points for my team,” Hommes said.

The team will travel down to Oregon next weekend, followed by a trip to Allendale, Mich. for the Division II National Championships.

Qualifying Women

NCAA Automatic

McKayla Fricker – 800

NCAA Provisional

Lynelle Decker – 800

Michaela Farmer – Javelin

McKayla Fricker – 400 and 1500

Maddi Hommes – Heptathalon

Anna Patti – 5000

4×100 team

4×400 team

GNAC Automatic

Taisa Baldwin – 100, 200, Long Jump

Kyra Brannan – 100, Long Jump

Lynelle Decker – 800

McKayla Fricker – 400, 800, 1500

Maddi Hommes – Heptathalon

Sarah Macdonald – 5000

Kishia Mitchell – 100, 200, 400

Anna Patti – 5000

Claire Rachwitz – 10,000

BryAnne Wochnick – 100

GNAC Provisional

Taisia Baldwin – 400

Kyra Branna – 200

Kelsey Chase – 400

Lynelle Decker – 1500

Michaela Farmer – Javelin

Maddi Hommes – High Jump

Cheryl Hong – 200, Heptathalon

Jasimine Johnson – 400

Michaella Kahns – Pole Vault

Sammi Markhm – Shot Put

Claire Rachwitz – 5000

Ali Sowers – High Jump

Madi Webster – High Jump

BryAnne Wochnick – 200, 400

Qualifying Men 

GNAC Automatic 

David Ferguson – 200

GNAC Provisional

Turner Wiley – 5000, 10,000

Adam Avischious – 1500