HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii track and field team finished in ninth place at the Big West Championships over the weekend, including the first conference champion hammer thrower since 2005.
Haleigh Sudbeck topped the field with a mark of 184-04 (56.20m), collecting the win by nearly a foot to become the first thrower to win a conference title in 13 years.
"Couldn't be prouder of how the team competed the last two days. Huge for the Rainbow Wahine to have two Big West Champions, we're excited for the future of this program. Special thanks to our coaches and staff and especially to our departing seniors," said first-year head coach Tim Boyce in a statement.
Joining Sudbeck as conference champion after finishing fifth last year, sophomore Lily Lowe matched set a new career high to earn gold in the high jump with a height of 6-00.50 (1.84m).
The Rainbow Wahine finished ninth overall in the team standings but accumulated 44 points to improve over 2017's score of 29.