PARKLAND, Wash. – Matt Klein ran to a Northwest Conference title on the first day of the NWC Championships to lead the Puget Sound track & field teams on the first day of the NWC Championships on the campus of Pacific Lutheran. Andrea Leiken also posted the top time in the women's 400m dash to lead the women's team.
With two event wins, the Logger men are in third place after day one with 31 points. The women's team is in seventh with 15 points.
Klein posted an upset victory in the 10,000m run to win the second individual title for the men's team. He ran a personal-best time of 31:36.97 to win the event by nearly 15 seconds despite entering the event with the third-seeded time. His time was over a minute faster than his previous personal-best. Justin Higa also placed eighth in the event with a 33:22.83.
Klein joined Joe Cerne as individual NWC champions as Cerne won the decathlon last week. Cerne also placed eighth in the high jump with a leap of six feet and fourth in the javelin with a toss of 176-feet, 7-inches today.
Leiken ran a 59.42 in the 400m dash today to post the fastest time in the preliminary heats and earn the top seed in tomorrow's finals heat. She also ran a personal-best time of 25.92 in the 200m, which ranks second going into finals tomorrow.
Kathryn Flyte eanred the Loggers first team points on the women's side when she placed third in the 10k with a personal-best of 38:59.54. Tori Sarris placed eighth in the event at 40:18.06 to score another point for the Loggers. Maya Haeck also placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 9-feet, 9-inches, and Maya Hallstein placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet, 4.5-inches.
Alicia Burns also earned a spot in tomorrow's finals in the women's 800m. She ran a 2:21.05 to earn the seventh-seed in tomorrow's heat. Wiley Putnam will also represent the men's team in the 400m tomorrow. He ranked fourth in prelims with a 50.81.
Josh Seekatz added some points to the Logger total in the 3,000m steeplechase. He placed fifth in the event with a 9:46.67.
George Fox leads the women's team standings with 61 points and Whitworth has a commanding lead on the men's side with 121 points. Willamette is just eight points in front of the Loggers with 39 points.