Track shows depth at Willamette Invite

The track team was in Salem this past weekend to compete in the Willamette Invitational. Although it involved competing mostly against Division II and III schools, the Willamette Invitational was another way for the Vikings to prepare for Big Sky competition.

“Last week was a hard training week from Stanford and there are a lot of injuries right now,” said sprinter Jim Sattem.

On both the men’s and women’s sides, Portland State placed in the top five in many events. In women’s action, Ena Shemi took second overall in the final heat of the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.54. In the finals of the 100-meter high hurdles, Kerine Harvey placed first overall with a time of 14.93.

On the men’s side, Sattem won the final heat of the 100 with a time of 10.89. Anthony Robinson placed seventh overall in the 100 at 11.18. Sattem was able to come up victorious in the finals of the 200-meter dash as well, beating the pack with a time of 22.16. Fellow teammate Hashim Hall placed sixth at 22.72. In the 800-meter, Evan Garich ran a season best and took third with a mark of 1.54:74. In the final of the 400-meter relay, PSU came in second with a time of 41.76. Patrick Sederis finished fourth overall in the triple jump with a mark of 43’7.75″.

“We’re definitely improving as we compete in more meets and we still have a lot to work on to compete with Big Sky,” Sattem said.