CORVALLIS, Ore. – Michele Turney improved on her school record in the triple jump and Melissa Ausman moved into sixth on Oregon State’s all-time list in the shot put as the Beaver track and field squad put forth some impressive marks at the John Knight Twilight at Western Oregon University on Friday evening.
OSU’s performances were highlighted by the sophomore Turney and freshman Ausman, who each forced edits to the Beaver record books. Turney, who set the previous Oregon State triple jump record of 39’ 0.25” at the Whyte Track and Field Center last March 23, jumped 39’ 6.50” to take first place in Monmouth.
“That was a big jump – a half-a-foot PR,” Oregon State assistant coach Travis Floeck said. “Michele had a really great series of jumps and took advantage of her opportunity. We are hitting a stretch of meets where our training from the weight room to sessions on the track and technical coaching really kicks in. We’re hoping that in the next few weeks our athletes can achieve marks like Michele did today. She is excited, knows there is more there and that she can get over that 40-foot mark. As great as it was today she has bigger goals in mind.”
While Turney led OSU’s jumpers, Ausman paved the way for the team’s throwers. In her third collegiate shot put competition, the freshman finished third with a throw of 43’ 5.75”. That mark is sixth on the Beavers’ all-time list, sandwiched in between a 43’ 6.50” from Beth Smith in 1973 and a 43’ 1.50” from Jean Melson in 1978.
She also came in third in the discus (147’) and fifth in the hammer (143’ 10.25”). An accomplished high school thrower, Friday marked Ausman’s first try in the hammer.
“She actually had to demonstrate incredible balance to stay in the ring on that throw,” Floeck said of Ausman’s shot put mark. “It was her first hammer competition as well. To throw what she did in her first-ever competition is very, very solid. Between the discus, hammer and shot Melissa is just a really good athlete and it’s amazing to see how much she has developed this year.”
Allie Church, running unattached, highlighted OSU’s efforts on the track. The junior came in second in the 100m with a time of 12.38 and set a meet record in the 200, running 24.97, a time which would pace sixth in school history had she run in uniform.
“Allie ran a solid 100 despite breaking down a bit technically in the last stretch,” Floeck said. “In the 200 she looked very strong. The fact that she was able to set a meet record at an event that has seen some great athletes over the years is quite impressive. She is having a great season and will get more opportunities to race unattached in the coming weeks.”
In the first 1,500 for newly minted assistant coach Geena Lara, the former Olympian crushed the field with a time of 4:15.98, a new meet record and 23 seconds better than her closest competitor.
Next weekend the Beavers will split squads between the Mt. SAC relays in Walnut, Calif. and the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field in Eugene.