Inaugural track meet held at Recreation Sports Complex

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Inaugural track meet held at Recreation Sports Complex

Austin Lane, Staff Reporter

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The CWU Track and Field team had their first home meet at the new Recreation Sports Complex last weekend. Multiple Wildcats got first place in their respective events as they prepare for the Azusa/Long Beach State Invitational and Mount Sac Invitational between April 17 and 20.

One athlete that stood out was HarLee Ortega. Ortega earned GNAC Field Athlete of the Week for her performances last weekend. She won the high jump by more than three inches and also posted the second best score in the event in the GNAC so far this season. Ortega also won the long jump event, got third in the 100 meter hurdles and placed sixth in the shot put.

Outside of Ortega, the Wildcats had a slew of first place finishes, including Madison Child and

Trevor Allen in the 1,500-meter, Lily Tyrrell and Harsimran Singh in the 800-meter, Erykah

Weems in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, Noelia Juarez in the 400-meter, Brooke Williams in the triple jump, Halle Irvine in the pole vault and Samantha La Rue in the shot put and hammer throw.

Ellensburg’s spring atmosphere was highlighted during the meet, with winds blowing as high as 23 mph and a light sprinkle of rain throughout until skies cleared near the end of the meet.

The only teams that traveled to compete in the event were Spokane Community College and

Northwest University. Last week, head coach Kevin Adkisson told The Observer he hoped “word would spread quickly” about CWU having a new track and field complex for GNAC teams to compete at.

This week the team travels to Long Beach, California for the Mt. Sac Multi-Events and the

Azusa/Long Beach State Invite April 17-20.

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