Track Team Competes at Triton Invitational

Kieran Halewyn (Jeff Golden photo)
Kieran Halewyn (Jeff Golden photo)
April 14, 2018

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LA JOLLA, California – Kieran Halewyn, Kevin Maeda and Abbey Meck posted top-five times in Pepperdine track history on Saturday as the Waves competed at UC San Diego’s Triton Invitational.

“We had a pretty good day,” Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti said. “It was a very warm day, which is typically good for the sprinters and less so for the distance runners, but we still saw a lot of PRs.”

Halewyn (Lake Oswego, Ore./Southridge HS) and Maeda (Highland, Calif./Citrus Valley HS) finished 14th and 15th, respectively, out of 64 runners in the men’s 1,500 meters. Halewyn’s time of 3:58.18 puts him at #3 in the Waves’ all-time top five, while Maeda’s 3:58.50 is good for #5.

Meck (Santa Cruz, Calif./San Lorenzo Valley HS) was already #5 in the women’s 1,500 meters and her 4:45.15 was a personal best, though not enough to move her up the list any. She finished in 18th place out of 66 runners.

“In the 1,500, I’m really excited for Kieran and Kevin breaking four minutes, and several of our men set PRs,” Radnoti said. “Abbey continues to improve on her times, and won her heat in a pretty exciting way. She has a really nice finishing kick and a great competitive spirit.”

The 800 meters also saw a couple of season-best performances. Treet Allison (Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS) ran 1:55.46 in the men’s race, while Kaitlyn Davenport (Bakersfield, Calif./Davenport HS) went 2:22.04 in the women’s event. Both were the best times of the season by any Wave.

“Treet has provided good leadership to our group of 800 runners, and we had four men’s runners under two minutes, so we really have a strong future in this event with our freshmen and sophomores,” Radnoti said.

Sheridan Davis (Fort Collins, Colo./Fossil Ridge HS) was the team’s top finisher in both the women’s 100 meters and 100-meter hurdles, while Katie O’Malley (San Ramon, Calif./Dougherty Valley HS) had the women’s team’s top times in the 200 and 400. Lindsay Sanger (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson HS) and Preston Gromer (Casper, Wyo./Kelly Walsh HS) ran the women’s and men’s 5,000 meters, respectively.

The Waves’ expected final meet of the season is the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific on Thursday (April 19), with a few of the men’s runners in action.

 

 

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