PORTLAND, Ore. —
It might be the track, or it might just be where the meets have fallen in the schedule. No matter what, Lewis & Clark’s Eldon Fix Track has been a place where the Portland State track & field runners have flashed their wheels, which they did again Saturday at the Lewis & Clark Invite.
Four weeks after the Vikings had 13 of 15 athletes set personal bests in the 1,500 meters at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Classic, the Vikings made some waves in the mid-distances again Saturday. Ten Vikings set personal or PSU bests Saturday, with three coming in the men’s 800 meters, while another seven came between the men’s and women’s 1,500 meters.
And while that total didn’t match the Vikings’ total from four weeks ago, the Vikings reached some undoubtedly higher peaks Saturday.
Perhaps the highest peak came in the first section of the men’s 1,500 meters where three different Vikings broke four minutes for the first time between Sam Lingwall, Evan Peters and Truett Bostwick. Lingwall led the trio in 3:56.41, close to a four-second personal best for the sophomore in the 1,500 meters. Peters and Bostwick also each shaved around four seconds off their personal bests as they followed in 3:57.69 and 3:57.89, respectively.
Bostwick’s time moved him up to fourth all-time in the freshman rankings of the 1,500 meters at Portland State. Outside of Luke Ramirez, who set the freshman record with a time of 3:56.26 in 2019, Bostwick has the fastest time by a Viking freshman in the 1,500 meters since 2008.
Kelly Shedd and Zach Grams added two more personal bests for the Vikings in the second section of the men’s 1,500 meters. As chance would have it, it was around a four-second personal best again for Shedd, who finished in 4:02.75. Meanwhile, Grams, who was making his season debut at the meet, knocked a second off his 1,500-meter personal best with his time of 4:17.31.
Phoebe Brown set the biggest personal best of the day for the Vikings, as she shaved six seconds off her personal best in the women’s 1,500 meters. Brown finished in 4:49.67, crushing the time she set four weeks ago at the Vikings’ first meet at Lewis & Clark, where she finished in 4:55.79. All told, Brown has shaved close to 10 seconds off her 1,500-meter personal between both meets at Lewis & Clark.
Monica Salazar has made even bigger progress than Brown in the 1,500 meters this season. Salazar knocked another three seconds off her personal best with a time of 4:54.72 Saturday, and has shaved 16 seconds off her time in total between both meets at Lewis & Clark.
Rashid Muse has made similar strides to Salazar in the men’s 800 meters, culminating in a four-second personal best of 2:00.00 Saturday. Muse has dropped seven seconds off his 800-meter time in the past two weeks, after running his first 800-meter race in 2:07.22 at the NW Distance Jamboree on April 3.
Jack Rubalcave and Logan Fisher each set new PSU bests in the 800 meters, as well, as they finished in 1:58.51 and 2:00.59, respectively. Rubalcave has shaved six seconds off his PSU best over the past two weeks, as he initially knocked four seconds off his time with a finish in 2:00.69 at the NW Distance Jamboree. Additionally, Fisher, a freshman from Central Catholic High School in Portland, beat his time from the NW Jamboree by two seconds Saturday.
Chase Lovercheck led the Vikings in the men’s 800 meters as he started his return to shape with a time of 1:57.05 Saturday. Lovercheck, a former All-Big Sky runner in the 800 who ranks fifth all-time in the event at Portland State, was making his season debut at the Lewis & Clark Invite.
Outside of the distance events, Jordan Gloden tripled in the 100, 200 and 110-meter hurdles in a span of 90 minutes. Competing in three events in a tight window has been Gloden’s signature over the past two weeks, as he also competed in the long jump, 110- and 400-meter hurdles a week ago at the John Knight Twilight.
Gloden opened Saturday with the 110-meter hurdles, which he won in a time of 15.60 seconds. Less than a half hour later, Gloden placed second in the 100 meters in 11:56. About an hour after that, Gloden capped his day in the 200 meters, finishing fourth in a time of 23.94 seconds. Gloden’s 200-meter time approached his personal best of 23.91 seconds, which he set on the same track at the 2018 L&C Spring Break Open.
The Vikings return to another track that has been good to them next week, as a select few Vikings will compete at Hayward Field for the Oregon Relays, April 23-24.
Lewis & Clark Invite
Eldon Fix Track
April 17, 2021
1,500m: 11. Phoebe Brown, 4:49.67; 17. Monica Salazar, 4:54.72; 22. Tatum Miller, 5:01.00; 24. Sophie Jones, 5:09.38.
100m: 2. Jordan Gloden, 11.56. 200m: 4. Jordan Gloden, 23.94. 800m: 3. Chase Lovercheck, 1:57.05; 5. Jack Rubalcave, 1:58.51; 6. Rashid Muse, 2:00.00; 7. Logan Fisher, 2:00.59. 1,500m: 5. Sam Lingwall, 3:56.41; 7. Evan Peters, 3:57.69; 8. Truett Bostwick, 3:57.89; 15. Kelly Shedd, 4:02.75; 18. Brandon Hippe, 4:09.74; 20. Zach Grams, 4:17.31; 21. Erik Solano, 4:18.64; 23. Andy Solano, 4:32.94. 110H: 1. Jordan Gloden, 15.60.