Written by Student Assistant Garrett Hittner
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's track & field teams will be competing this weekend at the University of Washington at the both the Husky Classic and UW Indoor Open meets inside the Dempsey Indoor Facility.
This marks the second indoor meet for the Lute men this season and is the indoor opener for the women's squad. Additionally, this meet takes place in the same location as the last meet and will be the same facility for the third and final indoor track meet for the Lutes in two weeks.
Richard Johnson is PLU's lone entrant in Saturday's Husky Classic, competing in the 60-meter dash while Johnson (60-meters), Shaun Bradley (60-meters), Brad Hodkinson (3,000-meters), Lucas Hatton (shot put) will all compete on Sunday at the UW Open. For the women's team, Vakeaemanu Hunkin and Charlene Stovall will both making their indoors debuts, both competing in the shot put at Sunday's UW Open.
Northwest Conference 4x100-meter relay champion Bradley is excited for the upcoming meet and the opportunity to compete again.
"It is great to have this extra time to compete as compared to previous years. As an athlete it is extremely helpful to know what I need to work on and have the ability to perfect my technique before ever competing outdoor."
Although the team has not competed indoors as a squad since 2008, the few PLU athletes attending are primed and ready to go for the upcoming indoor track meet at the University of Washington. They will be competing against a variety of athletes from programs ranging from multiple Pac-12 Division I universities to NAIA schools.
Only a select few athletes from the Lutes ranks are competing in the meets this weekend. For those who are not competing, their focus is to continue training for the upcoming, outdoor season.
Looking ahead to the season gave Bradley time to reflect on his previous seasons and how this one has differed from the rest.
"The full speed competition of running in a meet against fast competitors before the outdoor season is the greatest part of having these indoor meets. This will help me and the athletes attending better prepare for the outdoor season by having an edge on our competition. In addition, going to meets early will help us lead others on the team."
Away from the track, Bradley enjoys spending his free time playing computer games, watching shows like Blue Bloods and The Stain, and playing with his bengal cat.
Saturday's Husky Classic gets underway at 10 a.m. with the UW Indoor Open beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Lutes not competing this weekend will continue their training as the full squad gears up to begin the outdoor season on Mar. 3 at the Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker at Linfield College.