EUGENE, Ore. – Redshirt freshman Morgan Anderson shaved more than a second off her 1,500m PR and freshman Kaylene Rust improved her wind-legal best in the triple jump by almost five inches as the Beavers wrapped up their regular season at the Oregon Twilight in Eugene on Friday.
The meet, which served as the final tune-up for some in advance of next weekend’s Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, featured OSU entries in the 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, discus and shot put.
Anderson and Rust put forth Oregon State’s best performances at Hayward Field. In a 1,500m which featured a handful of Nike OTC Elite entries including Lauren Johnson, Aisha Praught and Bridget Franek, Anderson ran a PR of 4:25.82, hanging with the lead pack for the first two laps and finishing her second fantastic 1,500m at Hayward Field in as many tries in 2014.
Three weeks ago, Anderson ran a seven-second PR of 4:27.15 at the Oregon Relays to move into fourth on OSU’s all-time list. Friday’s time, which she used to cross the finish in ninth, is now third in the school’s record book, surpassing Kinsey Gomez’s 4:26.89 from the OSU High Performance Meet in 2013. Laura Carlyle (4:17.77) and Casey Masterson (4:24.98) are the only Beavers to run faster 1,500’s than Anderson on Friday night.
On her fifth attempt, Kaylene Rust posted a distance of 35’ 0.50” in the triple jump to come in fifth. That mark bettered the freshman’s 34’ 7.75” from the Oregon Preview on March 22 and moved Rust closer to fifth on Oregon State’s all-time list.
She came into Friday’s meet sixth at OSU and is now less than three inches shy of Meredith Howell’s 35’ 3.25” from March 31, 1984. Rust jumped 35’ 6.50” at the Willamette Invite on March 29 with the benefit of the wind in blustery conditions.
In the high jump, Jessica Lautenbach tied a career-best clearing the bar at 5’ 4.25” to come in fourth. On a wet and windy evening, Rachel Picknell finished second in the shot put (42’ 2.75”) and the Beavers’ new discus record holder, Melissa Ausman, came in third in her best event (145’ 8”).
Christina MacDonald (javelin) and Justine Bird (high jump) will compete at Linfield tomorrow before the Beavers head to Pullman for the conference championships next Saturday and Sunday.