The Pacific Track and Field team traveled to Tacoma, Washington, on April 23rd and 24th to compete at the Northwest Conference Championship. The sunshine was out for the two-day meet.11 Boxers battled their way onto the podium and earned All-Conference by placing top three in their events. The men’s team took 5th and the women’s team took 4th in the NWC Championship. 

A junior and distance runner, Maddy Hubbs, is the NWC individual champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The race consists of hurdling over two hurdles on the track and two water barriers. Hubbs led the entire race, finishing with a time of 11:37.98, only seconds off her personal best of 11:34.81. Hubbs was battling an ankle injury the week leading up to the championships. 

“This race was super mental for me this year,” explained Hubbs. “I was in a boot until the Wednesday before the Friday race, and I knew I was capable of a good race but didn’t know if it would be that weekend. It was frustrating thinking I wouldn’t be able to finish the season, but I’m super glad I was able to go out the way I did.” 

Kara Putman, a senior and 2021 NWC cross country champion and national qualifier, walked away at this most recent meet with two second-place medals in the 10k, with a time of 38:00.18 and 5k with a time of 18:04.27. Neither of those times was Putman’s personal best, but she said she felt good about the overall race. 

“The 10k did not go as I expected it to go, but overall I am happy with my performance,” explained Putman. “I was ranked to win it by a minute and was not expecting that type of racing strategy from Lewis and Clarke, but at the championships, anything can happen, and I controlled what I could.”  

Angelica Gomez, a freshman sprinter, placed second in the open 400 finals with a time of 59.57 after running a season-best of 58.53 in prelims. Gomez has improved her personal best in the 400m and 200m almost every invite. 

“It felt good passing people on the last 100 meters; I have improved a lot on my final kicks this season,” explained Gomez. “It was a little harder on finals day because my legs were already tired from prelims the day before.” 

Eight other Boxers medaled at the NWC Championships: Noami Johnson, second in the discus (41.25m); Annie Berry, third in the 5k (18:06.91); Andrew Reid, third in the shot put (14.22m); Dominic Funk, third in the javelin (57.10m); Erik Maack, third in the 10k (31:48.84); Riley Stewart, third in the 1500m (3:53.62), Garrett Stewart, third in the 800m (1:55.86); Emily Rutkowski, third in the 400m hurdlers (1:06.13). — Emily Ruthowski

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Emily Rutkowski is a sophomore from Mesa, Arizona. She enjoys playing soccer for the women's soccer team here at Pacific University. In her free time, she loves being outdoors and socializing with friends and family.

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