Beavs Go 1-2-3 In High Jump At Willamette

Photo By: Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics   03-29-2014

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Eleven OSU student-athletes finished in the top three of their respective events, including a clean sweep in the high jump, as the Beaver track and field squad battled through wet and rainy conditions at the Willamette Invitational in Salem, Ore. on Saturday.

Lucinda Howard, competing unattached, won the high jump with a leap of 5’ 4.25”. That mark came on the heels of her PR of 5’ 5.75” at last weekend’s Oregon Preview. She was followed closely by teammates Jessica Lautenbach and Allison Jackson, who tied for second with clearances at 5’ 2.25”.

For the first time in her young career, sophomore Michele Turney ran the 200, winning her heat and finishing in 15th overall with a time of 26.66 in the first outdoor attempt this season at that distance by an OSU performer. She also took third in the triple jump with a leap of 38’, her second straight outing with a jump of 38 feet or better.

Kayla Fleskes led OSU’s efforts in the throws, finishing second in both the discus and the javelin. The sophomore threw 132’ 9.50” in the former and 130’ 11.25” in the latter. Both marks surpassed her season-opening numbers for last Saturday by 10 feet in each event.

In the pole vault, Helen Ann Haun PR’d by crossing the bar at 11’ 7.75”. Howard (17’ 2.75”) and Kaylene Rust (16’ 8.50”) went 2-3 in the long jump.

Next weekend the Beavers travel to The Farm for the Stanford Invitational on April 4 and 5.