Sunday, April 15, 2018

SeattleU's Eli Boudouris breaks seven-year old school steeplechase record at Jay Hammer meet...

LACEY—While the constant rain held down the athletes from achieving quality marks, Seattle University’s Eli Boudouris (above/photo courtesy Seattle University) broke a seven-year old school record Saturday at the Jay Hammer meet hosted by Saint Martin’s University on their campus track facility.

Boudouris essentially ran solo in the rain to clock 9:19.01 to win the men’s 3000 steeplechase by over 20 seconds.

In the process, the junior put himself second on the current Western Athletic Conference performance list behind Adrian Jones of Utah Valley, who has clocked 9:04.09 this season.

Boudouris’ teammate Johanna Erickson clocked 11:03.69 to win the women’s 3000 steeplechase, giving the Redhawks a sweep of that event on both the men’s and women’s sides.

The other significant mark of the meet was a 46.83 clocking by the Seattle Pacific 4 x 100 relay team of Renick Meyer, Julia Stepper, Becca Houk and Grace Bley.

Despite the constant rain, which isn’t sprint-friendly, the Falcons came within 6/100ths of their school record set five years ago, and more importantly, puts SPU at number 13 on the NCAA Division II performance list, which puts them in the conversation for a spot in the national championship meet at the end of May.

Their performance Saturday in less-than-ideal conditions prompted the Falcon coaches to enter their relay team at the Bryan Clay Invitational this coming Friday.  Originally, the plan was to let them focus on their individual events at the Bryan Clay.

NOTE: The sports information office at Saint Martin’s, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific contributed to this report.

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