The Vikings cross country team made some stark improvements over last season, but all of that still hasn’t shown up in the team’s record. Even still, there were some true highlights. Junior Michael Devenport finished 34th at the NCAA West Regional, beating all runners from Washington State and all but one from UW.
During the regular season the men enjoyed third-place finishes at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle and the Willamette Invitational. They also earned a first-place finish at the Eastern Washington Invite. Junior transfer Clay Hemlock joined Devenport as one of the team’s strongest runners and provided plenty of competition.
Another transfer aided the women’s team. Junior transfer Amanda Kamm paired with sophomore Bobeya Krishnek to lead the team. For the first time ever PSU had two women break the 18-minute barrier in the same race. Breaking the mark was a personal best for both women.
A highlight of the men’s track and field season came when sophomore Jordan Senn set a PSU record in the javelin when he launched a 227’11 blast April 9 in Texas. His previous mark was 222’11, set last year.
For the women it was senior sprinter Ena Shemi who made the biggest impression, placing eighth at the NCAA West Regionals in the 200 M with a time of 25 seconds. It was the first time a Viking athlete has scored at the competition. Shemi earned one point for her effort.