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Lutes Show Progress at UW Indoor Open

Lutes Show Progress at UW Indoor Open

Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's track & field teams made the short trek to the Dempsey Indoor Facility with a handful of student-athletes competing at the University of Washington Indoor Open on Sunday.

For the men, it was the Lutes' second meet of the year while the women made their indoor debut with Vakeaemanu Hunkin and Charene Stovall competing in the shot put.

"It was fun to compete again after some solid weeks of training. We're making steady progress as we prepare for the outdoor season in March," said Head Coach Adam Frye.

Richard Johnson won his heat in the 60-meter dash, clocking a time of 7.03 seconds and shaving one-hundredth of a second off his time from the day before at the Husky Classic. Johnson additionally logged an indoor school record effort in the 200-meter dash, circling the oval in 22.34 and placing second in his heat.

Brad Hodkinson was the top Division III competitor in the 3,000-meters, stopping the clock in 8:41.18 while in the shot put Lucas Hatton logged a heave of 47 feet, 10 inches, placing fifth in the his flight.

"Richard had a nice double today, placing well in the 60 and 200. Lucas improved his earlier mark in the shot put by more than a foot and a half."

On the women's side, Hunkin placed seventh in her flight of the shot put with a toss of 38' 11 1/2" while Stovall was ninth in the same flight with a throw of 38' 6 3/4".

"Vakeaemanu and Charene had strong openers. Both were within inches of their PRs, which is a great place to start the season. They will be an important part of a strong Lute throws crew this year."

The Lutes return to Dempsey on Feb. 25 for the Seattle Pacific University Final Qualifier.