Championship qualifiers aplenty for T-Birds in Bellingham

Championship qualifiers aplenty for T-Birds in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – With the NAIA Nationwide Championships now lower than a month away, the UBC Thunderbirds kicked their performances into excessive gear Saturday at Western Washington College’s Ralph Vernacchia Invitational.

That includes athletes from throughout the pacific northwest, the meet supplied deep fields and excessive requirements of competitors – each good for the T-Birds to achieve some stiff competitors and to place up loads of season bests efficiency and championship {qualifications}.

“From sea to shining sea we clocked, threw and jumped to some wonderful performances at the moment,” mentioned UBC head coach Laurier Primeau who additionally had athletes competing on the alternative aspect of the continent in Pennsylvania. “Whether or not it was the walkers at Penn Relays in Philadelphia or the crew that lit it up at Western Washington, the highlights had been plentiful. The lads’s 4×800 metre relay, the ladies’s 4×100, Kiana Gibson’s steeplechase and Hanna Sobkowich’s 100 metres all come to thoughts however there have been many extra!”

Championship qualifiers aplenty for T-Birds in Bellingham

Gibson not solely received the ladies’s 3000 metre steeplechase however she clobbered the competitors. Her successful time of 10:11.52 was good for greater than a 48 second margin of victory and stands because the quickest NAIA time this season by greater than 15 seconds.

Sophomore Jaiveer Tiwana took second within the males’s 3000 metre steeple. His ending time of 9:26.70 made ‘B’ Normal and was lower than three seconds shy of an automated nationwide championship qualification.

After successful the nationwide championship bronze medal final 12 months, the ladies’s 4×100 metre relay might be again on the massive stage after posting an ‘A’ Normal successful time Saturday of 46.91 seconds. Emma Rastad, Sonya Urbanowicz, Cayla Smith and Hanna Sobkowich mixed to enhance their earlier season finest time by almost a full second.

Paul Fisher at UBC Open, March 26, 2023

The lads’s 4×800 metre relay staff might be again at subsequent month’s NAIA Nationwide Championship meet after setting an ‘A’ Normal time of seven:36.47 on Saturday. Spencer Hardy, Paul Fisher, Riley Miller and Liam Kramer now boast the NAIA’s primary rating.

Marley Beckett discovered the rostrum with a 3rd place end within the ladies’s 1500 metres as she posted a 4:31.35 to affix fellow Thunderbirds Holly MacGillivray, Rachel Mortimer and Kyla Becker who’ve beforehand certified for nationals. Becker completed fourth on Saturday, six tenths behind Beckett, a brand new season finest.

Mirroring the ladies’s three-four end, Dylan Uhrich and Aiden Miller did the identical within the males’s 1500. Uhrich’s 3:50.51 made ‘A’ Normal, his second nationwide championship qualification this season with the sophomore holding the primary rating within the 3000 metre steeplechase. Miller’s time of three:53.85 is nice for ‘B’ Normal.

Marley Beckett at Ralph Vernacchia, April 29, 2023

Sobkowich took second place within the ladies’s 100 metre sprint with a time of 11.70, bettering her earlier season finest by 16 one hundredths in a deep discipline of 38 rivals. Already securing ‘A’ Normal earlier this 12 months, Saturday’s mark now stands because the seventh quickest within the NAIA.

Junior T-Hen Allison MacDonald might be again at nationals after securing ‘A’ Normal in ladies’s triple leap with a primary place end Saturday of 12.05 metres.

Freshman Matthew Uliana received the boys’s discus throw with a 48.55 metre try to make ‘B’ Normal to provisionally qualify for nationals.

Allison MacDonald at Ralph Vernacchia, April 29, 2023

Michelle Dadson additionally secured a primary place end for the ‘Birds in ladies’s shot put together with her main try reaching 13.52 metres, simply three centimetres shy of ‘A’ Normal.

With the Cascade Collegiate Convention Championships approaching in two weeks’ time, the T-Birds might be again south of the border subsequent weekend for a pair of meets in Oregon with a possibility to achieve some additional NAIA {qualifications} whereas persevering with to construct towards the last word aim.




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