Track Taking Nine to Pac-10 Championship

May 14, 2009

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CORVALLIS -- Oregon State women's track is competing at the Pacific-10 Championships this weekend in Eugene, Ore. Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17. The Beavers will be represented in the 1,500-meters, 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters races at Hayward field.

'This season has been a challenge, but I am really, really proud of this group,' Sullivan said. 'We have not had smooth sailing any way, shape or fashion. We have a very good group running this weekend. I am excited to see what happens. We're going down to Eugene with the attitude of having fun and not putting on too many pressures.'  

Taking on the 1,500-meters will be Casey Masterson, Holly Thomson and Abby Chesimet.

Masterson, who is making her first visit to the Pac-10 Championship, broke the school record in the 1,500-meters earlier this season with a time of 4:26.85 at the Woody Wilson Open. Her time was good enough to qualify for the NCAA West Regional in two weeks, also being held in Eugene, Ore.

Thomson is making her third trip to the Pac-10 meet with her most recent trip in 2007 producing an 11th place finish in the 1,500-meters. Thomson holds the eighth fastest 1,500-meters in school history.

Chesimet primarily has been a distance runner for the Beavers competing primarily in the 5,000-meters, where she holds the seventh fastest time in school history and has also competed in the 10,000-meters. Chesimet is making her first appearance at the Pac-10 meet this weekend.

'For Casey, Holly and Abby their goals are to make the final,' Sullivan said. 'It won't be easy. This is by far the strongest conference in the country. Realistically for Casey, she has got a shot at it. I've told both Abby and Holly, anything can happen. Holly made the conference final two years ago. Abby has been primarily a 5k - 10k runner the first couple years, but she has developed a lot more speed over that time which has been really exciting to see.'

The 5,000-meter group will consist of Hayley Oveson, Marsha Lampi, Jennifer Macias and Krista Stangel. All but Oveson are making their first trip to the Pac-10 meet.

Oveson holds the fifth fastest 5,000-meters time (7:07.14) in OSU history, achieved at the Oregon Twilight last week. Her last appearance at the meet was in 2007.

'The 5k is going to be loaded with everybody scrambling to get into the race to get as many points as possible,' Sullivan said. 'Hayley is coming off another solid performance last week. She has been very competitive in the 5k. Krista has missed pretty much the whole year. I told her I just want her to go down there and get her feet back on the line.'

In the 10,000-meters the Beavers are represented by Rebecca Mishler and Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson. Both are making their Pac-10 Championship debuts.

Soza-Hodgkinson holds the fifth fastest 10k time (36:49.66) in school history set last year and Mishler holds the eighth fastest time at 37:42.87 set last year as well.

'This is pretty exciting for Rebecca,' Sullivan said. 'She's a fifth year senior. She transferred here with no glowing credentials. She has made steady improvements of the last couple years. For some of her peers it was a far-fetched dream for her to ever run in the Pac-10. They told her she wasn't good enough. I am excited for her to end her college running career at the Pac-10 Championship. She has a great attitude. She's very excited about it.'

And Hannah. I am really excited for her. She's a tough kid and has had a lot of success in her first two seasons so far.'

Results will be made available at www.osubeavers .com following each days races. Or CLICK HERE for the link to livestats.

Support Oregon State University Athletics by making your tax deductible donation to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund.  For more information follow this link or call 541-737-2370.  You can make an 'everyday champion.'  Follow Beaver Athletics on twitter.

THIS WEEK -- Oregon State women's track is competing at the Pacific-10 Championships this weekend in Eugene, Ore. Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17. The Beavers will be represented in the 1,500-meters, 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters races at Hayward field.

 

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP -- Saturday-Sunday (May 16-17): Running in the 1,500-meters will be freshman Casey Masterson, who holds the school record in the event, senior Holly Thomson, who holds the eighth fastest time in at OSU and sophomore Abby Chesimet.


In the 5,000-meters sophomores Hayley Oveson, Marsha Lampi, Jennifer Macias and junior Krista Stangel will respresent the Beavers. All but Oveson, who holds the fifth fastest time in school history, are making their first trip to the Pac-10 meet.

 

Senior Rebecca Mishler and sophomore Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson represent the Beavers in the 10,000-meters. Soza-Hodgkinson holds the fifth fastest 10k and Mishler holds the eighth fastest 10k in school history.

 

SULLIVAN SAYS -- 'This season has been a challenge, but I am really, really proud of this group,' Sullivan said. 'We have not had smooth sailing any way, shape or fashion. We have a very good group running this weekend. I am excited to see what happens. We're going down to Eugene with the attitude of having fun and not putting on too many pressures.' 

 

'For Casey, Holly and Abby their goals are to make the final. It won't be easy. This is by far the strongest conference in the country. Realistically for Casey, she has got a shot at it. I've told both Abby and Holly, anything can happen. Holly made the conference final two years ago. Abby has been primarily a 5k - 10k runner the first couple years, but she has developed a lot more speed over that time which has been really exciting to see.'

 

'The 5k is going to be loaded with everybody scrambling to get into the race to get as many points as possible. Hayley is coming off another solid performance last week. She has been very competitive in the 5k. Krista has missed pretty much the whole year. I told her I just want her to go down there and get her feet back on the line.'

 

'This is pretty exciting for Rebecca,' Sullivan said. 'She's a fifth year senior. She transferred here with no glowing credentials. She has made steady improvements of the last couple years. For some of her peers it was a far-fetched dream for her to ever run in the Pac-10. They told her she wasn't good enough. I am excited for her to end her college running career at the Pac-10 Championship. She has a great attitude. She's very excited about it.'

 

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 has proven more of 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

19. Casey Masterson - 2:11.29 - 4/18/09

 

1,500-meters

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

 

3,000-meter steeplechase

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

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

 

LAST TIME OUT -- Freshman Casey Masterson ran the fourth fastest 800-meters time in school history and sophomore Hayley Oveson ran the fifth fastest 5,000-meters time in school history at the Oregon Twilight, Saturday, May 9, in Eugene, 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. Live stats are available at this LINK.

 

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS -- Masterson will wrap up the 2009 track season for the Beavers at the NCAA West Regional Friday-Saturday, May 29-30, in Eugene, Ore. running in the 1,500-meters.

Support Oregon State University Athletics by making your tax deductible donation to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund.  For more information follow this link or call 541-737-2370.  You can make an 'everyday champion.'  Follow Beaver Athletics on twitter.

 

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