SPOKANE, Wash. – After two straight years of blowing away the competition at the Northwest Conference Cross Country Championships, Puget Sound senior Francis Reynolds (Palo Alto, Calif.) put together a dominating performance at the 2010 NWC Track and Field Championship, winning the 10000m run in a track-record time of 30:52.88.
Reynolds won the race by nearly 27 seconds over Chris McIsaac of Linfield. In addition to setting a new Boppell Track record, the time also marked a collegiate best for Reynolds, as well as moving him up from 17th on the national performance list to 12th.
Freshman Carrie Keith (Erie, Colo./Monarch) took fifth in the 3000m steeplechase championship race to pick up five points for the maroon and white.
In the women’s pole vault, sophomore Maya Heck (Corvallis, Ore.) jumped her way to the podium as she took fourth, clearing 9-8.5 to pick up five points for the Logger women.
In the trials to set up Saturday’s championship heats, senior Caitlin McGrane had a solid afternoon. She posted the second quickest time in the 100m hurdles, running an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14.86. McGrane also posted the second quickest time in the 400m dash, circling the track in 1:00.21.
Sophomore teammate Andrea Leiken (Portland, Ore./Sunset) will join her in the finals of the 400, running the third quickest time to earn her spot. McGrane will also compete for the title in the 800m run, taking fourth in prelims with a time of 2:22.82. Freshman Emma Raisl (Tacoma, Wash./Stadium) took the final spot in the 400m hurdles, finishing eighth with a time of 1:14.41.
Running for the Logger men in the final of the 400m dash will be sophomore Wiley Putnam (Seattle, Wash./Overlake), who took fifth in qualifying with a time of 51.16. Freshman Emerson Sample (Madison, Wis./West) also earned a spot in Saturday’s finals, taking seventh in prelims of the 400m hurdles with at time of 59.35.
Action on Saturday is set to being with five field events at 10:30 a.m. The running events will get going at Noon at Boppell Track on the campus of Whitworth University.