Beaver Track Sending Large Group to Oregon Relays

April 23, 2009

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THIS WEEK -- Oregon State will take to the track at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Friday-Saturday, April 24-25 for the Oregon Relays. Beaver runners return to their usual events this weekend after the Lewis & Clark Invitational that played as a training meet last Saturday.

Seventeen runners (two unattached) will participate in four different events: 800-meters, 1,500-meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meters. This week's group of 17 scheduled runners is the largest group to run thus far this season in the largest outdoor meet the Beavs have participated in. 

The first race of the day for the Beavers on Friday will be the 800-meters scheduled for 3:25 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

 

OREGON RELAYS --Friday-Saturday (April 24-25): Nearly 60 collegiate and club women's programs are scheduled to compete against the Beavers at the Oregon Relays with nearly 2,000 athletes competing overall in the event. Oregon State has runners in the 800-meters,1,500-meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meters races.

 

SULLIVAN SAYS -- 'This is one of the better meets in the country. Each one of our women has a chance to line up and compete against some familiar faces as well as compete against a lot of people they never get a chance to compete against. If the weather cooperates, based on everybody's fitness level and how everybody is looking right now, we are thoroughly optimistic going in. I am sure they are all anxious to jump into events they are more accustomed to and focused on from the very beginning.'

'We are starting to see runners get into form. Last week we saw Hannah [Soza-Hodgkinson] and Rebecca [Mishler] drop their 1,500-meters times significantly. That is always really good to see before you jump into a 5k. Overall I am really pleased. We've been having some really good workouts. Everybody is looking good. I'm anxious for everybody we've got competing this weekend. Everybody has something to be excited about. As a staff we get excited to see our athletes have opportunities for personal bests and do some special things.'

 

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 20

(* denotes regional qualifying mark).

 

800-meters

18. Casey Masterson - 2:11.99 - 4/18/09

 

1,500-meters

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

 

3,000-meter steeplechase

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

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

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

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

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

 

LAST TIME OUT -- Freshman Casey Masterson again moved into another place on Oregon State's all-time record books running the fifth fastest 800-meters with a time of 2:11.99 at the Lewis & Clark Invitational in Portland, Ore.

 

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, May 1, in Forest Grove, Ore. for the Pacific Twilight.

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