OSU Returns To Eugene To Compete In The Oregon Min-Meet This Weekend

April 6, 2005

Eugene, Ore. -

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Oregon State women's track will be traveling to Eugene, Oregon to compete in the Oregon Mini-Meet this Saturday at 9 a.m. This is the Beavers second trip to Eugene this season, the ladies competed on March 18th at the Oregon Preview in a non-scoring meet.

'I have been so pleased this season,' Sullivan said. 'We literally competed coming right out of spring break, a week where we had not been training together, and the ladies were so successful at the Willamette Invitational last week.'

The Beavers will be competing in the 400 meters, 800 meters, 1,500 meters, and 3,000 meters.

'The major thing for the ladies is getting another meet under their belt,' OSU head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'For the majority of our runners, this season marks the first time they have run college track. Getting the ladies experience is probably the most important thing from here on out.'

The Beavers brought home multiple second place finishes and two new top-ten finishes in the 5,000 meters this Saturday at the Willamette Invitational.

Ashley Younce and Neoma Palmer finished the 5,000 in second and fourth place respectively out of 58 runners. Younce's time of 17:19.8 placed her fifth on the all-time list of finishers in the event, while Palmer's time of 17:38.6 placed her seventh.

Kaitlin Poggi and Lauren Denfeld also brought home strong finishes for the Beavers in the 1,500 meters. Poggie ran her second best time ever of 4:43.44 placing second overall in the 1,500, while Denfeld finished fourth overall with a time of 4:48.95.

'Kaitlin and Lauren's performances today were great highlights,' 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 in the 1,500.'

Julie Garcia also brought home a seventh place finish overall in the 400 meters with a time of 62:45.00.

'I like the progress we are making going into the meets and placing well,' Sullivan said. 'I was overall very pleased with this weekend's meet.'

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 countryat Willamette before graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in History and Education. A native of Nehalem, Ore., he graduated fromNeah-Kah-Nie High.

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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