OSU Heads For Pac-10 Championships

Oct. 27, 2004

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30Oregon State at Pacific-10 Championships;San Francisco, Calif.; 9:30 a.m.

Oregon State will see how its revived women's cross country program stacks up against the rest of the conference when the Beavers race in Pacific-10 Championships on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Included in the field of opponents are No. 2 Stanford, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 28 Oregon. Washington, UCLA and Arizona are also ranked among the nation's top 50 teams.

'We're not going down there with any preconceived `We must do this' or `We must do that' - including myself,' OSU head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'It will be the first time we've gone to any Pac-10 anything. I just want the girls to enjoy the experience; it's a pretty neat experience for all of us.'

The runners representing Oregon State consist of one senior (Taylor Bryant), two sophomores (Neoma Palmer, Ashley Younce) and seven freshmen (Lauren Denfeld, Julie Garcia, Noelle Harer, Jean-Marie Peterson, Katilin Poggi, Heather Wales, Michelle Wilson). Bryant is the only runner who has had Pac-10 experience prior to running at Oregon State, having run for Oregon the past several years before beginning graduate school at OSU this fall.

Last season Stanford won the Pac-10 title and went on to win the NCAA championship. It was the Cardinal's eighth consecutive Pac-10 title and tenth in the last 11 years.

Oregon State last competed in the Pac-10 Championships in 1987, finishing last in the nine-team field that year. OSU dropped its men's and women's cross country and track and field programs after the 1987-88 school year, then brought back the women's programs this fall.

Although the Beavers are predicted to finish in last place this year, they've had a chance to compete against Washington, Washington State and Oregon earlier this season.

'If we run really well and place 10th, we'll be happy with that,' Sullivan said. 'But if we run really well and beat a couple of teams, it will just be icing on the cake.'

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEET: Oregon State rested its top runners last week but sent eight runners to the starting line for the Oregon State Track Club Invitational on Oct. 23. The event at Avery Park was OSU's first women's varsity cross country race in Corvallis since 1979.

'That makes it even more special,' head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'And (former OSU head coach) Berny Wagner was here, and we had a number of students out here today, so it was pretty fun. Then to kind of merge with the Oregon State Track Club and kind of have our first activity with them, and to have Bob (DeCarolis, Oregon State's athletic director) come out today and be the starter was all kind of a great atmosphere for us.'

The University of Oregon's Running Club swept the top three spots with Sopagna Epp winning the race in a time of 21 minutes, 39.65 seconds.

Leading the Beavers was junior Katie Magnuson in her only race of the season. She finished 15th in the 64-runner field with a time of 24:14.78.

'That was Katie Magnuson's first race; if she'd been healthier this season, she'd have been in our top five, but she got injured during the summer, and we've had to bring her back slowly. I know she was apprehensive today, but she ran really well,' Sullivan said.

Senior Marcie Aker and junior Jaime Fuller came in 20th and 21st, respectively. Aker finished in 24:24.64, while Fuller had a time of 24:25.78.

'I'm real pleased,' Sullivan said. 'I like the fact that it's not a championship atmosphere and all that sort of stuff, that they're getting the opportunity to compete but they're not treating it like one (of the championship meets). It was really fun to see.'

HEAD COACH KELLY SULLIVAN: Kelly Sullivan came to Oregon State in January, 2004 to re-start OSU's program after being head cross country and track and field coach at nearby Willamette University, a Division III school in Salem, Ore., since 1997. Sullivan was also an assistant coach at Auburn from 1984-96, and head coach at Clackamas Community College (Ore.) from 1980-84.

Sullivan, 47, guided Willamette's teams to three top-10 national finishes in cross country and track and coached 23 All-Americans, including five individuals who won national championships. t Auburn, he coached 36 All-Americans and at Clackamas he coached 24 NJCAA All-Americans.

Sullivan was an All-American in the steeplechase and cross country at Willamette before graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in History and Education. A native of Nehalem, Ore., he graduated from Neah-Kah-Nie High.

OREGON STATE TAKES TO THE ROAD: Oregon State will spend at least the first season of its revived cross country and track programs without a home course or track. The Beavers ran in one meet in Corvallis, the Oregon State Track Club Invitational at Avery Park on Oct. 23; that was during OSU's Homecoming Weekend.

OREGON STATE INDIVIDUAL FINISHES: Here's where Oregon State runners have finished in meets this fall:

MARCIE AKERDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	36th of 54	21:43Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	114th of 180	20:01Oct. 16	at Jim Danner Invitational (5,000)	61st of 103	20:30.46Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000)	20th of 64	24:24.64TAYLOR BRYANTDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	69th of 180	19:02.71Oct. 16	at Eastern Washington Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runMACY CAMPBELLDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 16	at EW Invitational/Jim Danner Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runERIN CLARKDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 16 	at EWU Invitational/Jim Danner Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000)	45th of 64	26:04.9NICOLE CRAWFORDDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 16	at EW Invitational/Jim Danner Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runLAUREN DENFELDDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	14th of 54	20:02Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	63rd of 118	23:13.56Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	61st of 180	18:55.96Oct. 16 	at Eastern Washington Invitational (5,000)	16th of 61	20:05.8Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runSTACEY FISCHERDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	34th of 54	21:29Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 16	at EW Invitational/Jim Danner Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runJAIME FULLERDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	38th of 54	21:46Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	106th of 118	25:08.69Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	119th of 180	20:12.71Oct. 16	at Jim Danner Invitational (5,000)	45th of 103	20:05.58Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) 	21st of 64	24:25.78JULIE GARCIADate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	94th of 180	19:30.09Oct. 16	at Jim Danner Invitational (5,000)	41st of 103	19:53.28Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runNOELLE HARERDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	28th of 54	20:58Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	83rd of 118	23:53.70Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	90th of 180	19:25.26Oct. 16	at Eastern Washington Invitational (5,000)	22nd of 61	20:12.2Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runASHLEY LARSONDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	167th of 180	22:44Oct. 16	at Jim Danner Invitational (5,000)	101st of 103	23:20.95Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) 	52nd of 64	27:29.18KATIE MAGNUSONDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 16	at EW Invitational/Jim Danner Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000)	15th of 64	24:14.78NEOMA PALMERDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	14th of 118	21:43.02Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	21st of 180	17:47.67Oct. 16	at Eastern Washington Invitational (5,000)	7th of 61	19:24.2Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runMEGAN PEROZZIDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 16	at EW Invitational/Jim Danner Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runJEAN-MARIE PETERSONDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	94th of 118	24:17.33Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	77th of 180	19:07.64Oct. 16	at Eastern Washington Invitational (5,000)	34th of 61	20:35.9Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runKAITLIN POGGIDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	51st of 118	22:56.09Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	33rd of 180	18:11.37Oct. 16 	at Eastern Washington Invitational (5,000)	4th of 61	19:12.7Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runLISA ROBERTONDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	25th of 54	20:37Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	101st of 118	24:40.00Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	106th of 180	19:50.32Oct. 16	at Jim Danner Invitational (5,000)	37th of 103	19:40.71Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runANGIE SABUCODate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 16	at EW Invitational/Jim Danner Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runALLIE SCHROEDERDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	47th of 54	22:56Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	115th of 118	26:33.10Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	154th of 180	21:33.16Oct. 16	at Jim Danner Invitational (5,000)	82nd of 103	21:22.84Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000)	44th of 64	25:59.24KELSEA SCHWINGDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	51st of 54	24.30Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 16	at EW Invitational/Jim Danner Invitational (5,000) - did not runOct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runTARA STIREWALTDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	42nd of 54	22:04Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	111th of 118	25:53.30Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	130th of 180	20:39.88Oct. 16	at Jim Danner Invitational (5,000)	66th of 103	20:44.1Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000)	30th of 64	24:56.77HEATHER WALESDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	35th of 54	21:36Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	105th of 118	25:02.10Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	103rd of 180	19:44.92Oct. 16	at Jim Danner Invitational (5,000)	34th of 103	19:34.41Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runTIA WILLIAMSDate	Event (meters)	Time	PlaceSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000) - did not runSept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000) - did not runOct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	152nd of 180	21:29.41Oct. 16 	at Jim Danner Invitational (5,000)	86th of 103	21:31.12Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000)	42nd of 64	25:48.38MICHELLE WILSONDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	22nd of 54	20:25Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	88th of 118	24:01.82Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	104th of 180	19:46.20Oct. 16	at Eastern Washington Invitational (5,000)	42nd of 61	21:13.1Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not runASHLEY YOUNCEDate	Event (meters)	Place	TimeSept. 10	at Pier Park Invitational (5,000)	3rd of 54	18:42Sept. 18	at Washington Invitational (6,000)	16th of 118	21:47.68Oct. 2	at Willamette Invitational (5,000)	11th of 180	17:29.57Oct. 16	at Eastern Washington Invitational (5,000)	2nd of 61	18:48.6Oct. 23	at Oregon State Track Club Invitational (5,000) - did not run
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