TACOMA, Washington – Matt Wells competed on the national stage and field athletes garnered awards during the 2018 Puget Sound outdoor track & field season.
Wells traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin, for the NCAA D-III Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 24-26), where he set two personal records. During the decathlon, Wells cleared 1.99-m in the high jump, and threw 37.09-m in the discus, both of which are personal bests. He finished third in both events. He also won the decathlon's 110-m hurdles by crossing the finish line in 15.03 seconds.
Wells won the Northwest Conference title in the 110-m hurdles for the second consecutive year. He crossed the finish line in 15.14 seconds during the championships at Linfield (April 24).
Both Wells and Brandin Porter received U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-West Region honors. Porter placed second in the men's discus during the NWC Championships with a throw of 43.59-m. His best mark this spring was 45.32-m during the Ken Shannon Invitational.
Wells and Porter are two of five Loggers to earn All-NWC honors in 2018. Wells earned nods in both the 110-m hurdles and decathlon, while Porter wrapped up his freshman season with an All-NWC honor in the discus. Jack Monaghan took third in the men's 800-m by timing in at 1:57.53, good for an All-NWC bid. Alvin Johnson claimed second place in the men's triple jump for an All-NWC honor. He cleared 13.56 meters.
Alison Wise earned an All-NWC honor in the women's 800-m. She crossed the finish line in 2:17.58, good for third place.