Track Taking 15 to L&C Invitational

April 16, 2009


THIS WEEK — Oregon State women’s track is heading north to run at the Lewis & Clark Invitational in Portland, Ore. this Saturday April 18. The meet will play out as a final “training” meet before the Beavers begin the larger championship type meets next week.

Fifteen runners in two different events will run at Eldon Fix Track. The first Beaver race, the 1,500-meters, begins at 1 p.m. with the 800-meters beginning at 3.

 

LEWIS & CLARK INVITE —Saturday (April 18): 23 collegiate and club women’s programs are scheduled to compete against the Beavers at Eldon Fix Track. Oregon State has runners in the 800-meters and 1,500-meters races.

 

SULLIVAN SAYS — “I like moving people around in different events. I’m having women run events this weekend they haven’t run since high school. Our 5k and 10k people are going to run 1,500-meters with a few running 800-meters. It’s going to move things around and give people a chance run something short, quick and fast. It allows us to keep our training going through the week.” 

“We’re still playing catch-up a little bit. I like where we are at based on how little we were able to get done this winter. It has been a valuable lesson for everybody. Everyone is finding out they are a little better than they thought they were. They realized they could miss some time here and there and still run fast.”

On Masterson becoming a regional qualifier...

“It was good for Casey to get the regional qualifying out of the way at UC Davis. This weekend she’s going to run an 800, next week she will do the same. It’s good so we don’t have to chase the 1,500-meter mark anymore and run her in some events that will help her down the line for the 1,500-meters.”

 

REGIONAL QUALIFYING Freshman Casey Masterson surpassed the 1,500-meters regional standard of 4:27.80 at the Woody Wilson Open in Davis, Calif. on April 11. En route to becoming a regional qualifier, Masterson broke the Oregon State record by running a time of 4:26.85.

 

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 shaping up the same with freshman Casey Masterson breaking the school record in the 1,500-meters and five more runners pushing into the outdoor records to accompany three runners breaking into the all-time indoor top 10 lists in three events including Masterson’s school record in the mile.

 

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).

 

BEAVERS AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS — Here is where Oregon State runners rank among this season’s Pacific-10 leaders through April 13

(* denotes regional qualifying mark).

 

1,500-meters

14. *Casey Masterson -- 4:26.85 -- 4/11/09

 

3,000-meter steeplechase

11. Jennifer Macias -- 11:09.83 -- 3/27/09

14. Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson -- 11:27.95 -- 4/11/09

16. Cassandra Schumacher -- 11:54.38 -- 3/07/09

17. Kambria Schumacher -- 11.54.92 -- 3/27/09

18. Melissa Kauffman -- 12:44.54 -- 3/07/09

 

LAST TIME OUT — Freshman Casey Masterson broke Oregon State’s all-time school record in the 1,500-meters with a time of 4:26.85 at the Woody Wilson Open in Davis, Calif. Her time was good enough to make her a regional qualifier. Also, sophomore Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson in only her second competitive 3,000-meter steeplechase ran the fifth fastest time in school history at 11:27.95.

 

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 www.osubeavers.com.

 

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS — Oregon State track returns to action Friday, April 24, in Eugene, Ore. for the Oregon Relays.

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