April 5, 2014
The Trinity Lutheran College Track and Field Teams visited the University of Puget Sound campus on Saturday, April 5, for the UPS JD Shotwell Invitational. The Eagles turned in some outstanding individual performances highlighted by three new NCCAA Qualifying marks.
Emmanuel Contreras, a junior from Yakima’s A.C. Davis High School, posted an NCCAA qualifying time of 1:54.53 in the men's 800-meter. The time ranks him #5 in the NCCAA this spring.
“He ran a savvy race. He needed a time and he took over when the field was out slow. As a result, he led much of the way and did a lions share of the work, but that’s exactly what he needed to do to notch the time we were looking for,” said Head Coach Matt Koenigs.
Anthony Manago, a sophomore from Tukwila’s Foster High School, placed 5th in the Long Jump with a season best mark of 6.49m/21’3.5” – an NCCAA qualifier.
“Manago had a great day,” explained Head Sprints and Jumps Coach Norman Warren. “He hit his qualifier on his first jump and it was like a weight was lifted off of his chest and then he was really feeling it. He had a great day.” Manago ranks #11 among NCCAA competitors this season in the event.
Justin Yoke, a junior from Kamiakin High School, placed 6th in the 3,000m Steeplechase where his 10:06.67 ranks him #12 in the NCCAA and qualifies him for the National meet. “Justin ran a complete race for the first time this season. His effort level was superb and he’s just now starting to come into his own. It’s going to be exciting to watch his progress because he’s only going to get faster from here,” said Koenigs.
Phung Vuong, a junior from Roosevelt High School, had a big day as she broke the 22-minute barrier in the 5,000m race for the first time. Her time of 21:41.94 was good for a 20-second improvement from her previous best. “I am really proud of everything that Phung has accomplished… she really earned this,” explained Distance Coach Tiffany Elias. Vuong has now improved by 113 seconds from her High School personal record.
Freshman McKenna Woodworth, who is already qualified for Nationals in the event, notched a new personal record in the 400m hurdles where her 1:09.95 was good for a 7th place finish. Tasia Clark who has also already qualified for Nationals, placed 6th in the High Jump and posted a 1.51m/4’ 11.50” season best mark. Sophomore decathlete-in-training Alex Baker improved his personal record in the 400m to 57.88. Cameron Siler and Johnny Bywater, both sophomores from Lake Stevens High School, notched season bests in the 1500m with times of 4:12.96 and 4:15.25 respectively.
“We now have seven athletes qualified for Nationals and the team just looks great,” said Coach Koenigs.