Track Team Falls Short in WAC Tournament

Seattle University Track and Field wrapped up its indoor season this past weekend at the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seven teams competed for the title, with University of Texas-San Antonio placing first on the men’s side and Texas State the champion on the women’s.

Seattle U men finished seventh with 16 points while the women finished eighth, despite setting numerous school records, including a new mark in the men’s 200-meter dash and 4×400 relay, the women’s 4×400 relay, pentathlon, 60-meter dash, and more.

Distance runner Mathew McClement scored the first points for the men’s team, finishing third in the 5000-meter run in a time of 15:17:11.

Speaking about the thrill of crossing the finish line in third, McClement said, “It was pretty cool. The first thing was I finished and collapsed. But then I got back up and saw all my teammates cheering and that made it all the better. I just want to thank my coaches, teammates, and girlfriend for supporting me.”

Both teams have little time to relax with the start of the outdoor season just around the corner. The first meet will be on March 16, at the Oregon Preview.

“I hope that it drives everybody to want more,” said Head Coach Trisha Steidl. “I hope seeing the level of the other schools motivates people to want to be there too… If you’re fit and you’re ready to go, your mindset is what makes the difference come competition day.”

Kevin may be reached at kdunham@su-spectator.com

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