CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kelsi Schaer finished 11th and used a late kick to edge teammate Adrienne Demaree, who came in 14th, as that duo led the Oregon State cross country team at the Beaver Classic held in Avery Park on Friday evening.
As OSU’s top two finishers, Schaer and Demaree earned trips to next weekend’s Pac-12 Championships in Colorado. As a team, Oregon State finished fifth with 89 points. Northwest Christian took the top spot (40 points) and was followed by Portland (50), Seattle (79) and Southern Oregon (88).
“Overall we used this meet to figure out our [last] two spots [for the Pac-12 Championships] and it was very competitive within our group,” head coach Kelly Sullivan said. “And right now, Adrienne and Kelsi have given themselves an opportunity to go on to the conference meet.”
Schaer ran the 6K course, which consisted of three 2K loops, in 22:30 with splits of 7:19, 7:46 and 7:25. Her late push nudged her past Demaree, who crossed the finish line in 22:31 (7:21; 7:36; 7:34).
Oregon State’s third finisher in uniform was senior Chelsa McDonnell, competing in her first cross country race since the Charles Bowles Invitational more than a year ago, on Sept. 29, 2012. With her time of 23:05, McDonnell will be the Beavers’ alternate at the conference meet. Each school is allowed to travel 10 student-athletes.
“It was good to see this group finish as well as they did,” Sullivan said. “It was a little stressful this last week-and-a-half for all of them. Everybody wants to make that team [that goes to Pac-12’s]. But as a staff, we’re all appreciative of how they supported one other, too.
“We want to give a big thanks to the Corvallis Running Project,” Sullivan added. “We always appreciate the fact that they put on such a great meet.”
Women's Team Results 1. Northwest Christian – 40 2. Portland (B) – 50 3. Seattle – 79 4. Southern Oregon – 88 5. Oregon State (B) – 89 6. UO Running Club – 163 7. Warner Pacific – 211