CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State track and field program will bring a cadre of 18 student-athletes to the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Wash. this Saturday and Sunday, as Beavers will be entered in 14 different events on the campus of Washington State, which is hosting the annual event at Mooberry Track Complex.
Live results will be posted throughout the meet and can be accessed through www.pac-12.com. Complete results following each day on the championships website here: http://pac-12.com/2014-pac-12-track-field-championships. A tape-delayed broadcast of the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s & Women’s Track and Field Championships will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks on Sunday, May 25 at 9 p.m. PT. Paul Sunderland, Tom Feuer and Ato Boldon will be calling all the action, with Jill Savage reporting from the track.
Record-Setters This season, the Beavers have had 22 performances that are among the school’s 10 best in various events, including the 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m, 10,000m, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus, hammer and javelin. Six school records have also been set in 2014: Kinsey Gomez in the 10K (34:37.80), Michele Turney in the triple jump (40’), Helen Ann Haun and Annie Sidor in the pole vault (11’ 7.75”), Melissa Ausman in the discus (168’), Rachel Picknell in the hammer (160’ 4”) and Christina MacDonald in the javelin [new implement] (140’ 5”).
Good Start Freshman thrower Melissa Ausman has had fantastic start to her young career. Her school-record discus mark of 168’ on May 2 bettered her previous PR by over 16 feet (151’ 10”), it also was nearly 13 feet better than Beth Nygren’s 155’ 2” set in Corvallis on May 7, 1988 – the previous Oregon State record. Ausman’s throw also puts her on pretty solid footing to join Kinsey Gomez (10K) in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships at the end of the month. It is currently 38th in the west, fifth in the nation among freshmen, second among U20 collegians and meets the qualifying standard for IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene this summer. Ausman’s shot put PR of 43’ 5.75” from the John Knight Twilight earlier this season is also seventh on Oregon State’s all-time list. Ausman and Kam Johnson are the only OSU women to be in the top seven of each of those events.
Anderson’s 1,500m At the Oregon Twilight on May 9, Morgan 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.
Four 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. Last 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.
Rare Company Sophomore Michele Turney, who already set the OSU triple jump record as a freshman, bettered that mark at the John Knight Twilight on April 11 and at the OSU High Performance on May 2. Her leap of 40’ is the eighth best in the Pac-12 and 58th in the west. Turney’s non-wind-aided long jump of 18’ 1.75” at the same meet also placed her in a tie for sixth in Oregon State history. She joins Colleen Gibson as the only OSU women to be among the school’s 10 best in both horizontal jumps.
First Timers The Beavers’ expanding program has included a number of first-time competitions for OSU women in 2014. Freshmen Helen Ann Haun and Annie Sidor became the school’s first pole vaulters at the OSU Invite on March 8. At the same meet, Rachel Picknell’s hammer throw was a first for an OSU woman and Melissa Ausman and Kayla Fleskes have joined her in that event since. That historic hammer toss was recorded at Western Oregon University, as that part of the Whyte Track & Field Center has yet to be built.
NCAA West Preliminary Championships Junior Kinsey Gomez, running her first-ever 10K, demolished the school record at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. on April 17, finishing in 34:37.80. With the performance, Gomez put herself in strong position to earn a berth at this year’s NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. at the end of May. A 10K of 34:37 would have placed in the region’s top 35 each of the last two seasons. That time was 50 seconds better than Sandra Martinez’s previous OSU best of 35:27.82 from 2010, which also came at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Gomez’s 10K time is 33rd in the west and joins freshman Melissa Ausman’s discus position (38th) in good standing to earn trips to Arkansas.
Distances Gomez will be running the 5K on Sunday, an event in which she used a PR of 16:24.17 (Mt. SAC 2013) to qualify for last season’s NCAA West Preliminary Championships. She is second on OSU’s all-time list in that event and will be joined at Mooberry by Aly Nielson, whose 16:50.86 at the Stanford Invite in April is ninth in school history.
In the 10K, both Sandra Martinez and Adrienne Demaree are among the best ever at Oregon State. Martinez ran the aforementioned 35:27.82 in 2010, while Demaree’s 36:26.84 from the Oregon Relays, her only collegiate race at the distance, is seventh all-time at OSU.
Look Back To Last Year In 2013, Oregon State’s Sara Almen, who is redshirting this season, finished third in the high jump (5’ 10”) and Taylor Nowlin set a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:36.75) at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships. With her third-place finish, Almen became OSU’s second-highest finisher at the conference championships since the reinstatement of the program in 2005.
Kayla Fleskes became the first OSU javelin thrower at the conference championships since Dave Dmytrow in 1988 and Mary Claire Brenner became the school’s first competitor in shot put at the Pac-10/12 Championships since Beth Nygren in 1988. Michele Turney’s triple jump and Fleskes’ discus throw were the also first for OSU in those events at the conference meet since 1988.
Another Step Forward On April 29, Oregon State announced a $220,000 donation to the Whyte Track & Field Center which will fully fund the warm-up, staging and javelin practice areas. That gift puts Oregon State well on its way to fulfilling the matching $2 million donation it received in early 2014.