Big Venue, Big Finish for Beavers at Oregon Preview

March 19, 2005

Eugene, Ore. - Oregon State women's track rose to the challenge of a big venue and produced big results at the Oregon Preview at Hayward Field Saturday afternoon. The Beavers got great finishes in each of the four events they competed in. Lauren Denfeld finished second in the 800, Kaitlin Poggi finished second in the 1500, Ashley Younce finished fourth in the 3000, and the 4x400 relay team finished second in the relay.

Headlining the results was the second place finish in the 1500 by freshman Kaitlin Poggi. Her time of 4:36.86 places sixth all-time in the event at Oregon State.

'That was the biggest highlight of the day,' OSU head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'She got a personal best, and moved into the top-10.'

Other top finishes highlighted a great day of performances for Oregon State track. In the 800 freshman Lauren Denfeld finished second with a time of 2:20.14. In the 3000, sophomore Ashley Younce crossed the line with a time of 10:34.94, good enough for fourth-place overall in the event. The Beaver relay team ran a solid 4:11.04 in the 4x400 relay, a time that also placed them second overall.

'We ran really aggressive today,' Sullivan said. 'For us to come to Oregon and have a great showing like this, it allows us to leave for spring break on a high note.'

The Beavers persevered through harsh weather conditions and solid competition to raise the competitive level of the recently reborn program. Head coach Kelly Sullivan emphasized the importance of this event at the prestigious Hayward Field.

'For most of our kids it was their first time to run at Oregon, so it may have been kind of intimidating, but we were able to run really well today,' Sullivan said. 'I really couldn't be any happier than I am now.'

OREGON STATE AT OREGON PREVIEW800 - 1, Bielenberg, Staci, Portland State, 2:17.39. 2, Denfeld, Lauren, Oregon State, 2:20.14. 3, Crotty, Erin, Portland, 2:20.21. 4, Harer, Noelle, Oregon State, 2:21.32. 5, Mathis, Emily, Unattached, 2:22.29. 6, Stephenson, Tylar, Portland State, 2:25.53. 7, Stirewalt, Tara, Oregon State, 2:27.26.1500 - 1, Pearson, Sarah, Oregon, 4:38.33. 2, Poggi, Kaitlin, Oregon State, 4:39.86. 3, Konrad, Kari, Western Oregon, 4:45.32. 4, Mosey, Annette, Portland, 4:47.80. 5, Zerzan, Sarah, Willamette, 4:48.45. 6, Peterson, Jean-Marie, Oregon State, 4:49.08. 7, Vandehey, Stephanie, Willamette, 4:51.66. 8, Bricco, Amy, Oregon Tech, 4:57.88. 9, Fitz Gustafson, Heather, Oregon, 4:59.52. 10, Gaitan, Stephene, Portland, 4:59.55. 3000 - 1, Beechy, Tiffany, UO RC, 10:22.81. 2, Sabin, Elise, Portland, 10:30.81. 3, Rohde, Kristen, Portland, 10:33.98. 4, Younce, Ashley, Oregon State, 10:34.94. 5, Smith, Sarah, Pacific UN, 10:37.66. 6, Francis, Ashley, Oregon State, 10:42.59. 7, Jones, Kelsey, Eastside TC, 10:44.19. 8, Devlin, Julie, Portland, 10:50.56. 9, Crawford, Nicole, Oregon State, 10:51.37. 10, Cotterill, Holly, Portland State, 10:54.92. 11, Cole, Molly, Portland State, 10:55.06. 12, Kuhlman, Lih, Portland, 10:56.78. 13, Gilbert, Katie, Lane CC, 11:01.99. 14, Bricco, Amy, Oregon Tech, 11:07.93. 15, Wales, Heather, Oregon State, 11:08.54. 16, Woodruff, Ariel, Portland, 11:09.48. 17, Magnuson, Katie, Oregon State, 11:13.85. 18, Rice, Kathy, Portland, 11:16.90. 19, Fuller, Jaime, Oregon State, 11:37.84. 20, Wilson, Michelle, Oregon State, 11:47.55. 21, Pidgeon, Jessica, SW Oregon, 12:40.88. --, Aker, Marcie, Oregon State, DNF4x400 Relay - 1, Lane Community College 'A' (Davis, Janey , Nelson, Andrea , Nichols, Devin , Ely-Gibson, Kristina ), 4:10.55. 2, Oregon State University 'A' (Garcia, Julie , Harer, Noelle , Bryant, Taylor , Denfeld, Lauren ), 4:11.04. 3, University of Portland 'A' (Anderberg, Stephanie , Pulley, Trista , Persons, Mary , Sandau, Amanda ), 4:20.48. 4, Pacific University 'A' (Barker, Brooke , Smith, Sarah , Stubblefield, Kaleigh , Wilson, Erin ), 4:21.70.

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