Track Heads Back To Bay Area

April 9, 2009

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THIS WEEK -- Oregon State women's track is scheduled again to run its largest group of athletes thus far in the spring this Saturday, April 11. Fifteen runners in four different events will run in Davis, Calif. at the Woody Wilson Open. The first Beaver race, the 5,000-meters, begins at 10:20 a.m. at Woody Wilson Track.


WOODY WILSON OPEN --Saturday (April 11): More than 100 collegiate, club and unattached runners are scheduled to compete against the Beavers at UC Davis' Woody Wilson Track. Oregon State has runners in the 800-meters, 1,500-meters, 5,000-meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase.

In the 800-meters Oregon State will face 25 runners from 14 different schools; in the 1,500-meters there will be 36 runners from seven different schools; in the 5,000-meters there are 44 runners from 11 schools; and in the 3,000-meter steeplechase 18 are scheduled from nine schools.


SULLIVAN SAYS -- 'This meet is the beginning of us getting ready. We're going to run against a bunch of schools we never get to compete against at a facility we have never been to before. It really gets the adrenalin going now that we are beginning the preparation for the bigger meets.'  

'We are about a week to, two weeks from really being race-sharp. We've been doing some things as a group at practice in our workouts that indicate we can still expect to go down there and put some good races on the board.'

'We're as healthy as we have been. Unfortunately we won't have Lorene Young this weekend. She injured her heal practicing the steeple. Everybody else is progressing really, really well though. We had a rough winter. Between some aches and pains and sustained illnesses it was tough. I have to give this group a ton of credit. The way they have rebounded from this has been really impressive. The challenges make you stronger. If everything is perfect, you don't get to test your character. This has been a character builder in a number of ways and I have been tremendously pleased with how we have responded to this.'


TOP 10s -- The past few seasons have been nothing short of amazing for Oregon State runners when it comes to breaking into the school's all-time outdoor top 10 lists with more than 30 spots in seven events in addition to 18 spots held in three events in the indoor ranks. This season is starting out the same with three runners breaking into the all-time indoor top 10 lists in three events and six runners have pushed into the outdoor records.


INDOOR EXCITEMENT -- At the Husky Classic indoor meet, sophomore Casey Masterson broke the school record by more than five seconds in the mile (4:51.87), sophomore Abby Chesimet ran the second fastest 3,000-meters (10:02.17) and sophomore Jackie Brown ran the sixth fastest 800-meters (2:23.13).


LAST TIME OUT -- At the San Francisco Distance Carnival, freshman Casey Masterson won her section of the 1,500-meters and recorded the days fastest time of 4:35.28, the 10th fastest time in Oregon State history. Sophomore Hayley Oveson won the 2-mile as Oregon State took place 1-through-7 and eight of the top 10. Also, sophomore Jennifer Macias' second place finish and time of 11:09.83 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase was good enough for third best all-time.


HEAD COACH Kelly Sullivan -- Fifth-year head coach Kelly Sullivan has been in charge of rebuilding the cross country and track programs after a 16-year vacancy.

Through his tenure as head coach, the cross country and track programs have boasted numerous awards and accomplishments. Sullivan has produced 88 Academic All Pac-10 honorees and has had an Academic All-American team every year since the program's return. More than 20 athletes in seven different events have broken into Oregon State all-time top 10 lists in track under Sullivan's leadership including four school records.


TRACKING THE BEAVS THIS WEEK -- Full results from this week's events will be available on the freshly redesigned


WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS -- Oregon State track returns to action Satrurday, April 18, in Portland, Ore. for the Lewis & Clark Invitational.

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