SALEM, Ore. – Sophomore Haleigh Lloyd set a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record in the women’s 400-meter hurdles Saturday, while setting three Alaska Anchorage records at the annual Willamette Invitational at the Charles Bowles Track.
The Seawolves concluded the meet with multiple personal-best and podium finishes, but the day was highlighted by Lloyd’s efforts in both hurdle events and the 4x100-meter relay. A local of Ladysmith, B.C., Lloyd posted a GNAC record and winning time of 59.98 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, displacing the previous record of 1:00.31, held by Western Washington’s Heidi Dimmitt from 2009.
Lloyd had already provisionally qualified for the NCAAs in the event, but the new time will improve her chances at making Nationals. She needs to furnish at time of 59.72 for automatic qualification. Lloyd, who already owned the 400-meter hurdle record at UAA, also broke her own 100-meter hurdle record with a time of 14.42 – just .02 seconds slower than the NCAA provisional qualifying time needed.
Joining Lloyd on the UAA record-breaking 4x100-meter relay squad was sophomore Sasha Halfyard, freshman Grace Morgan and senior Dianne Chong. The foursome cruised to a time of 48.04 seconds, good for second place.
Other first-place showing for the Seawolves went to Chong in the women’s triple jump with a season-best leap of 37-07.25, while junior Ethan Hewitt collected the win in the men’s 400 meters with a time of 48.58.
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team – comprised of freshmen Nicholas Blackburn and Elliott Bauer and junior A.J. Allen and senior All-American Shaun Ward – won with a time of 42.51, while the women’s 4x400-meter relay team of sophomores Susan Bick, Ivy O’Guinn, Halfyward and Lloyd posted a time of 3:55.41 for the victory.
Combined, the Seawolves registered five first-place finishes, 14 podium results and 22 top-10 showings on Day 2 of the meet.
The Seawolves will be back in action the following weekend with the Stanford Invitational on April 6-7 and the San Francisco State Carnival on April 6.