BEAVERS FINISH STRONG AT WILLAMETTE INVITATIONAL

April 2, 2005

Salem, Ore. - Oregon State women's track brought home strong finishes for the Beavers in this weekend's meet at the Willamette Invitational. Two runners placed in OSU's all-time top ten list in the 5,000 meters while the Beavers brought home multiple second place finishes.

On Friday, Ashley Younce and Neoma Palmer finished the 5,000 in second and fourth place respectively out of 58 runners, while placing in the top ten all-time finishers list in the event for OSU. Younce's time of 17:19.8 placed her fifth on the all-time list while Palmer's time of 17:38.6 placed her seventh. Ashley Francis placed ninth overall as well with a time of 18:01.5 while Nicole Crawford came in 14th with a time of 18:16.5.

'I liked the progress we are making going into the meets and placing well,' OSU head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'The highlights were performances from the girls last night in the 5,000, with Ashley and Neoma making our top ten-all time list.'

Kaitlin Poggi also finished strong for the Beavers on Friday, placing second overall in the 1,500 with her second best time ever of 4:43.44. Lauren Denfeld finished two spots after Poggi placing fourth in the 1,500 overall as well with a time of 4:48.95.

'Kaitlin's and Lauren's performances today were great highlights as well,' Sullivan said. 'Lauren was a hurdler in high school, and her performance this weekend marked the second time in her life she had ever run the 1,500.'

Julie Garcia also brought home a strong finish, placing sixth overall in the 400 meters with a time of 62:45.00.

'I was overall very pleased with this weekend's meet,' Sullivan said.

OSU will be competing in the Oregon Mini-Meet in Eugene, Oregon next Saturday at 9 a.m.

OREGON STATE AT WILLAMETTE INVITATIONAL

TOP INDIVIDUALS AND OREGON STATE FINISHERS5,000 METERS: 1. Ashlee Vincent, UP, 17:04.2, 2. Ashley Younce, OSU, 17:19.8, 3. Tiffany Beechy, UO Running,, 17:23.9, 4. Neoma Palmer, OSU, 17:38.6, 5. Danielle Qualrocki, Unattached, 17:39.3, 6. Kristen Rhode, PSU, 17:54.7, 7. Dolores Bergmann, Unatttached, 17:53.3, 8. Elise Sabin, PSU, 17:54.7, 9. Ashley Francis, OSU, 18:01.5, 10. Shannon Edwards, ACC, 18:02.6, 14. Nicole Crawford, OSU, 18:16.5, 27. Katie Magnuson, OSU, 18:54.3, 52. Lisa Roberton, OSU, 20:17.93.

1,500 METERS (FIRST HEAT, OUT OF 12): 1. Staci Bielenberg, PSU, 4:41.24, 2. Kaitlin Poggi, OSU 4:43.44, 3. Bobeya Krishnek, PSU, 4:47.35, 4. Lauren Denfeld, OSU, 4:48.95, 5. Emily Buck, GU, 4:49.59, 6. Kelsey Jones, Eastside Track Club, 4:51.14, 7. Kari Konrad, Western Oregon, 4:55.51, 8. Tylar Stephenson, PSU, 5:00.75, 9. Noelle Harer, OSU, 5:01.11, 10. Tara Stirewalt, OSU, 5:08.64, 11. Kendra Rosenberg, WU, 5:17.62, 12. Jessica Harper, CCC, 5:21.63.

1,500 METERS (SECOND HEAT, OUT OF 13): 1. Elise Megale, CCC, 4:58.46, 2. Maegan Kuntz, OSU, 5:00.52, 3. Shannon McKenzie, LC, 5:00.93, 4. Leah Trutna, WO, 5:00.93, 5. Shannon Edwards, AC, 5:01.78, 11. Elise Aschwanden, 5:10.17.

1,500 METERS (THIRD HEAT, OUT OF 12): 1. Maria Dubay, MHCC, 4:56.47, 2. Stephanie Myers, AA, 5:00.13, Heather Wales, OSU, 5:03.82, 4. Jaime Fuller, OSU, 5:04.30, 5. Erica Johnson, Unattached, 5:07.00, 8. Ashley Larson, OSU, 5:31.15.

400 METERS: 6. Julie Garcia, OSU, 62:45.00.

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