Beavers Finally Return to Eugene Oregon.

March 16, 2005

Eugene, Ore. -

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Oregon State women's track will be traveling to Eugene, Ore., to participate in the Oregon Preview this Saturday at 10 a.m. The trip marks the Beavers' return to one of track and field's historic venues - Hayward Field - and the place where OSU last competed before dropping the sport at the end of the 1998 season.

'The fun thing about this next meet is where we are competing,' OSU head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'There is a lot of history at at Oregon. The level of competition will be a bit higher, and part of the plan was for our team to step it up a bit. If they don't overthink or overanalyze it, they will do well.'

The Beavers will be competing in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meters.

'The big thing this week is letting the girls focus on finishing their finals,' Sullivan said. 'Once they get those done then they will have clear minds going into this weekend.

'We are only planning on moving a few girls around. The big thing with these first three meets is that after this weekend we can send them off on Spring Break and they will have a chance to reflect back on these meets. I will have a chance to reflect back, as well, and work on a plan for the rest of the season.'

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEET: OSU brought home three wins last Saturday at the Mt. Hood Open. The Beavers competed in the 3,000, 1,500, and 800 meters, winning two sections of the 1,500 and the first section of the 800.

Jean-Marie Peterson who finished first for the Beavers in the 1,500 at last weekend's meet, brought home her second win of the season in the 800 coming in first overall during the first section with a time of 2 minutes, 17.41 seconds.

Taylor Bryant finished first overall for the 1,500 with a time of 4:44.56 while Kaitlin Poggi finished second in the first heat and overall with a time of 4:45.09. Lauren Denfeld finihed the second heat first and third overall with a time of 4:55.13, while Heather Wales finished second during the second heat and fourth overall with a time of 4:57.49.

'I had told the girls the main focus right now is just getting comfortable with traveling and competing,' Sullivan said. 'Because we were able to win three events this weekend, that was really exciting.'

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 nationalfinishes 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 NCAA 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 during cross country season at the Oregon State Track Club Invitational, however they will remain on the road for all of their 2005 track season.

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