Strong First Night for Track at Oregon Relays
April 25, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - Several Huskies were in action tonight as the first day of the Oregon Relays featured several field events and distance running events at Hayward Field. Four new Huskies earned NCAA Regional qualifying marks including a pair of true freshmen.
Senior All-American Carl Moe (Auburn, Wash.) showed just how far he's come since injury ended his final cross country season in the fall, as he came close to a personal best in the steeplechase, running 8:51.11, well under the NCAA Regional qualifying mark, and 25 seconds faster than his previous steeple run this year. Moe was second among collegiate competitors in the race. Moe's time is the fastest in the West Region thus far this season.
In the women's steeple, sophomore Mo Huber (Oakland, Calif.) will join Moe in the postseason, as she qualified for her first West Regional with a personal-best time of 10:48.94.
The Husky women's All-American mile trio all ran in the 1500-meters tonight. Sophomore Katie Follett (Fort Collins, Colo.) was fourth in 4:20.19, followed closely by senior Amanda Miller (Wenatchee, Wash.) in 4:21.03. Senior Michelle Turner (Orem, Utah) improved her season-best time, running 4:23.38 for an eighth-place finish.
Lauren Saylor (Clovis, Calif.) punched her Regional ticket in the 5000-meters, finishing in 16:49.73, a full 24 seconds faster than she ran the same distance just two weeks ago. The freshman is coming on strong after her World Junior Cross Country Championships appearance back in March.
Freshman thrower Kyle Nielsen (Langley, B.C.), the No. 1 Canadian prep javelin thrower last year, set a new personal best with a mark of 204-5, surpassing the Regional qualifying mark.
Freshman Kenna Patrick (Federal Way, Wash.) finished fourth in the second section of the 5000-meters in 17:23.31, while redshirt freshman Jordan Swarthout (Olympia, Wash.) was sixth in the same race on the men's side, running a personal-best 14:32.72.
Saturday will be a big day for the Husky sprints group, with the men debuting their top relays for the first time outdoors. Senior Norris Frederick will be in the long jump and may also run a leg of the 4x100m relay, while junior Jordan Boase is expected to run in the 4x400m relay, his first outing since taking the NCAA 400m lead two weeks ago.