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Sophomore Maliea Luquin, left, competes with sophomore Gabriella Serventi at the Club Northwest Spring Break Open last month. Luquin finished sixth in the Multi-Event GNAC Championships in Monmouth, Ore. earlier this week.

Sophomore Maliea Luquin, left, competes with sophomore Gabriella Serventi at the Club Northwest Spring Break Open last month. Luquin finished sixth in the Multi-Event GNAC Championships in Monmouth, Ore. earlier this week.
Photo credit: CURTIS SIMPSON IV/The Falcon.

By , Staff Reporter

Published: May 1 2013

The Seattle Pacific track and field team continued its succession of victories big and small in Bellingham on Friday.

“I would describe this meet as having fair weather with a couple of bumps in the athletes’ performance,” head coach Karl Lerum said. “But overall, a very solid outing.”

As mentioned, the most recent meet was held at Western Washington University for the Western Washington Twilight. Seniors Emily Quatier and Seth Pierson were recognized for being the stars of the event for their outstanding performances in the 800-meter run.

Quatier set a personal best for the 800 for the fifth week in a row, which drastically improved her already high status on the national list from No. 29 to No. 18, pending other results. Freshman Lynelle Decker came across third in 2:16.10.

“That was fun,” said Quatier, according to the SPU sports information department. “I hit it at 200 meters, but then [Wetzel] hit it at 100 meters. Running with Lynelle really, really helped me.”

Meanwhile, Pierson set a personal best for the 800 en route to a first-place victory.

“I went through [the 400] in 57, and the pack was going way faster,” said Pierson, according to the SPU sports information department. “I just wanted to cruise and finish; I saw an opening in the last 200, made a move on that side, and I knew I had more strength than the rest of the pack. So I was able to utilize that. It was nice to get a little extra speed, and having that closing speed was nice because I didn’t have that in California.”

Another senior, Ryan Endresen, earned first place in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. For the women’s 400-meter hurdles, the victory belonged to sophomore Jasmine Johnson. To wrap up the long day of track and field, junior Kishia Mitchell, Quatier, Decker and Johnson teamed up to win the 4x400 relay in 3:50.19.

Lerum remains highly impressed by Quatier’s victory.

“I’ve never seen a 400 runner being able to go up to that distance and do that,” he said. “I thought she could do a 2:15, maybe. She’s looking more relaxed running the 800 than she is running the 400.”

The Falcons wrap up the regular season on Saturday in the Ken Foreman/Ken Shannon Invitational at the University of Washington.

Worthen wins multi-event title in Oregon; Gross finishes third

While the majority of the track and field team competed in Bellingham, the versatile multi-event athletes were in Monmouth, Ore. for the GNAC Multi-Event Championships on Monday and Tuesday. Senior Ali Worthen, who leads all DII competitors in the women’s heptathlon, won the event with 5,390 points. Senior Katy Gross finished third and sophomore Maliea Luquin took sixth.

En route to her victory, Worthen won three of the individual events, including a personal record in the 800 with a time of 2:17:77.

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