Last year Oregon State hosted its first track meet since 1988 at the Whyte Track and Field Center; Beaver head coach Kelly Sullivan took the historical significance of the Beaver track and field program one step further over the weekend when for the first time ever OSU women’s athletes competed in the hammer throw, pole vault and 4x100 relay (made up of all jumpers) in the OSU Invitational.
“Each year it seems we have had a first – and this year is no different by having women competing in both the hammer, pole vault and 4x100 relay,” Sullivan said. “These three events are important to continue building that comprehensive program everyone is working towards”
Freshmen Helen Ann Haun of Healdsburg, Calif., and Annie Sidor of Bend became the first women in school history to pole vault. Haun won the event with a 11-3 ¾ effort while Sidor was second at 10-11 ¾.
“Overall, we had a really good day in the first outdoor meet for our athletes,” Sullivan said. “We had an amazing turnout of spectators, over 80 officials and volunteers, and some outstanding performances. It feels great to have a home meet on our campus. We had five winners and seven second-place finishes.”
More history was set Friday in Monmouth when Rachel Picknell of Roseburg became the first OSU female athlete to ever throw the hammer, winning the event with a throw of 141-8. She came back Saturday to place second in the discus with a 135-9 and in the shot put at 40-11 ¾.
Three Beavers won other events at the meet; Melissa Ausman of Nyssa won the discus at 144-4; Kelsi Schaer of Tigard captured the 800 meters at 2:14.91 and Allie Church of Wilsonville won the 100 meters, running unattached, with a 12:29.
“It was just a matter of my teammates and I wanting to do our best, as it was a really close race,” Schaer said of her near personal best mark. “It was a good race for the first outdoor meet of the season; Coach Sullivan really prepared us and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.”
The meet was scored as a dual on the women's side between Oregon State and Portland with the Beavers coming out on top 71-54.
It’s been a week to remember for Oregon State’s program as Wednesday the announcement was made that a $2 million challenge gift in support of the second phase of the Whyte Track and Field Center that will be used toward the construction of grandstands, a press box, hammer throw area, scoreboard, main entry plaza and other amenities.
“The facility is so beautiful; and then the team just learned a couple of weeks ago of the next construction phase; it’s just amazing,” Schaer said. “I’m just so thankful for Jim Whyte and his belief in us and I can’t wait to see the new additions.”
As part of the challenge gift, all previous commitments that had been made toward the second phase of the facility will be counted. To date, that includes more than $550,000 in cash and pledges. The total budget for the second phase is expected to be $4.5 million. The deadline for making a gift or pledge toward the $2 million challenge is December 31, 2014, with construction scheduled to begin in spring of 2015. More details can be found here.
Full results of the meet can be found by following this link