OSU Prepares For This Saturday's Meet At The Willamette Invitational

March 30, 2005

Salem, Ore. - -

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Oregon State women's track will be traveling to Salem, Ore., to participate in the Willamette Invitational this Saturday at 10 a.m. The Beavers last competed in the Willamette Invitational in 1987 placing 6th of 12, before OSU discontinued the sport at the conclusion of it's 1988.

'This last week allowed me to get a better idea of what races I am going to run,' OSU head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'I was able to figure out what certain individuals and groups of individuals I am planning on running this upcoming week. I reconfirmed some thing and at the same time I got an opportunity to finalize some things.'

The Beavers will be competing in the 5,000, 1,500, 800, 400, and 200 meters.

'The Willamette meet is going to be a great meet for us,' Sullivan said.

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEET: OSU brought home strong finishes in the four events they competed in at the Oregon Preview at Hayward Field last Saturday afternoon.

The Beavers saw three second place finishes from Lauren Denfeld in the 800 (2:20.14), the Beavers 4 by 400 relay team which included Julie Garcia, Noelle Harer, Taylor Brant and Lauren Denfeld (4:11.07), and Kaitlin Poggi in the 1,500 (4:36.86). Poggi's time made her the sixth best finisher of all-time for Oregon State in the 1,500.

Ashley Younce also brought home a solid win for the Beavers, placing fourth overall in the 3,000 with a time of 10:34.94.

'I didn't go into the meet having any preconceived ideas of how we were going to do at all,' Sullivan said. 'We actually threw our 4 x 400 team together that day, the girls had fun and I certainly had fun as well'.New additions...

TWO NEW TEAM MEMBERS FOR OREGON STATE: The Beavers will be joined by two new team members this week, Marisa Kuvnzi and Megan Kuntz.

Kuvnzi is currently a fresham at Oregon State and hails from North Salem High.

'Kuvnzi was a tremendous prospect in her first years of high school and decided to not run track her last few years,' Sullivan said. 'She was a tremendous sprinter in high school and just decided to come out, if we run her this weekend it would be in the 200.'

Kuntz recently transfered to OSU from U of O, she was their No. 7 cross country runner this past track season. Kuntz is a freshman and went to Cascade High School.

'Both runners are eligible to compete immediately', Sullivan said. 'We are adding a lot of talent to this team and I'm very excited about adding these girls to our group.'

HEAD COACH KELLY SULLIVAN: Kelly Sullivan came to Oregon State in January, 2004 to re-start OSU's program after being head cross country and track and field coach at nearby Willamette University, a Division III school in Salem, Ore., since 1997. Sullivan was also an assistant coach at Auburn from 1984-96, and head coach at Clackamas Community College (Ore.) from 1980-84.

Sullivan, 47, guided Willamette's teams to three top-10 nationalfinishes in cross country and track and coached 23 All-Americans, including five individuals who won national championships. t Auburn, he coached 36 All-Americans and at Clackamas he coached 24 NCAA All-Americans.

Sullivan was an All-American in the steeplechase and cross country at Willamette before graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in History and Education. A native of Nehalem, Ore., he graduated from Neah-Kah-Nie High.

OREGON STATE TAKES TO THE ROAD: Oregon State will spend at least the first season of its revived cross country and track programs without a home course or track. The Beavers ran in one meet in Corvallis during cross country season at the Oregon State Track Club Invitational, however they will remain on the road for all of their 2005 track season.

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