CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State track and field squad will split its entries between the Titan Twilight in Eugene and the UCSD Triton Invitational in San Diego over the coming days.
Triple jumper Michele Turney will head to UC San Diego for Friday and Saturday’s meet in Southern California along with the Beavers’ throwers of Melissa Ausman, Kayla Fleskes, Christina MacDonald and Rachel Picknell. The remainder of Oregon State’s team will stay close to home and compete at the Titan Twilight hosted by Lane CC on Thursday evening.
Justine Bird, Allison Jackson and Jessica Lautenbach will begin the Beavers’ three days of action at 3 p.m. on Thursday in the high jump at Lane. Both Jackson and Lautenbach cleared 5’ 3” at the Oregon Relays last Saturday.
Helen Ann Haun and Annie Sidor are entered in the pole vault around 3:30 p.m. As OSU’s first-ever pole vault athletes, Haun has cleared 11’ 7.75” this season, while Sidor PR’d with a mark of 11’ 3.75” last Friday.
Monica Anderson, Haley Hunt and Hilary Sharpe will be in the 1,500m at 4:10 p.m. before OSU’s sprinters take over at 5:45 p.m. with Kaitlyn Mason and Kaylene Rust in the 100m. It will be the first 100m of the season for Mason and second for Rust, who ran 12.82 at the John Knight Twilight on April 11.
At 6 p.m., Rust will be in the triple jump along with Bethany Imperial. Rust was already among OSU’s 10 best with a 34’ 7.75” from the Oregon Preview, but last Saturday Imperial put herself on that list with a 35’ 3.75”, now fourth all-time in school history.
The evening’s final four events will each feature a lone OSU entry. Lacey London will run the 800m at 6:15 p.m., Tricia Ingraham will be in the shot put at 6:30 p.m., Ryan Cope will race the men’s 400m hurdles at 6:55 p.m. and Imperial will toe the line in the 200m at 7:10 p.m., her first try in the event at OSU. Her collegiate PR from her freshman year at Lipscomb came at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational (indoor) in 2013 (28.82).
In San Diego, over 1,000 athletes are expected to compete including top programs, former Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. Friday will consist of women's throwing events, starting with the hammer throw (invitational) at 10 a.m. and followed by the discus (invitational) at 2 p.m.
On Saturday, OSU entries in the javelin and shot put will go simultaneously at 11 a.m. The women’s triple jump invitational concludes the meet’s jumping events around 5:30 p.m. and will feature the sophomore Turney. She followed up her school record of 39’ 6.50” on April 11 with a 36’ 11.75” at last Saturday’s Oregon Relays. That PR from the John Knight Twilight is sixth in the Pac-12 during the outdoor season.
In the throws, Rachel Picknell is coming off of a shot put effort of 42’ 11” last Friday to move into OSU’s all-time top 10. She will be joined in that event by the freshman Ausman, who currently sits in sixth in school history with a throw of 43’ 5.75” two weekends ago.
Both will be in Friday afternoon’s discus competition alongside Kayla Fleskes. Picknell PR’d in that event in Eugene last Saturday (136’ 1”) and at Hayward Field on March 22, Ausman threw 150’ 10”, which is good for fifth on Oregon State’s all-time list, ninth in the Pac-12 this season and second among conference freshmen.
Picknell will lead off the meet in San Diego for the Beavers as the school’s only hammer competitor on Friday morning. Fleskes and freshman Christina MacDonald will be OSU’s entries in the javelin on Saturday. Prior to this season, no Oregon State female had ever thrown the hammer and before last year the same could be said of the javelin (new implement). Picknell’s hammer PR of 146’ 3” is a school record as is MacDonald’s 133’ 2” javelin (new implement) PR.