Beavers Return to Track After 17 Years With a Strong Showing at Willamette Open

March 5, 2005

Salem, Ore. - Oregon State women's track started off its 2005 season at the Willamette Open this Saturday with a win by freshman Jean-Marie Peterson in the 1,500, with a time of 4 minutes and 46.22 seconds. Peterson's win marked a back to back victory separated by 17 years since the Beavers concluded their last track season.

The meet included Willamette University, Oregon State, University of Oregon, George Fox, and Clackamas Community College.

'It was exciting for us to have an OSU runner win the very first race off the block,' OSU head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'Overall I am very pleased. Basically what I asked the ladies to do today was just to prepare well, get their feet wet and experience what it takes to warm up and travel.'

Oregon State also had two third place finishes in the 1,500 meters and the 800. OSU's Neoma Palmer finished third in the 1,500 behind U of O's Tiffany Beechy, with a time of 4 minutes and 50.08 seconds. While Taylor Bryant finished third in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes and 17.89 seconds.

'I feel like we overall did a really good job today,' Sullivan said. 'We accomplished the first step and that was getting a routine going, and that is exactly what we did today. We had a great day start to finish and we are anxiously awaiting the next meet.'

Oregon State's next race is Saturday, March 11th at the Mt. Hood Open in Gresham, Oregon. The starting time is set for 6 p.m.

Oregon State at Willamette Open

Top Individuals and Oregon State Finishers1,500 meters: 1. Jean-Marie Peterson, OSU, 4:46.22; 2. Tiffany Beechy, UO, 4:46.96; 3. Neoma Palmer, OSU, 4:50.08; 4. Anna McLain, GFU, 4:51.15; 5. Ashley Younce, OSU, 4:51.76; 6. Lisa Heinonen, UO, 4:53.16; 7. Sarah Zerzan, WU, 4:54.53; 8. Ashley Francis, OSU, 4:55.21; 9. Bethany Adams, GFU, 4:57.34; 10. Nicole Crawford, OSU, 4:58.67; 11. Elise Megale, CCC, 5:03.06; 12. Rebekah Yaneoskie, UO, 5:04.64; 13. Jessica Harper, CCC, 5:05.71; 14. Audrey Squires, WU, 5:06.23; 15. Sarah Fairbrook, WU, 5:07.80; 16. Kendra Rosenberg, WU, 5:07.86; 17. Jamie Fuller, OSU, 5:08.87; 18. Michelle Wilson, OSU, 5:09.48; 19. Katie Magnuson, OSU, 5:10.21; 20. Marcie Aker, OSU, 5:18.10; 21. Rachel White, WU, 5:20.70; 22. Juline Walker, WU, 5:22.41; 23. Ashley Larson, OSU, 5:42.59; Angela Sabuco, OSU, 6:40.75

800 meters: 1. Carly Smith, WU, 2:17.14; 2. Jordyn Smith, WU, 2:17.49; 3. Taylor Bryant, OSU, 2:17.89, 4. Rachel Giffey-Brohangh, GFU, 2:19.29; 5. Lauren Denfeld, OSU, 2:20.03; 6. Kaitlin Pogi, OSU, 2:20.04; 7. Shannon McGrane, WU, 2:21.31; 8. Noelle Harer, OSU, 2:23.02; 9. Roseann Kassebaum, WU, 2:25.01; 10. Heather Wales, OSU, 2:25.28; 11. Tara Stirewalt, OSU 2:26.55; 12. Mariah Hanson, WU, 2:26.71.

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