OSU Takes Its Third Trip To Eugene This Season, To Compete In The Oregon Invitational

April 19, 2005

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Oregon State will be traveling to Eugene for the third time this season to compete in the Oregon Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Beavers will be competing in the 10,000 meters for the first time this season on Friday, as well as the 5,000 meters, 1,500 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters, and the 4X400 meters on Saturday.

'This is a great meet for the ladies,' OSU assistant coach Rhonda Riley said. 'The meet will be great competition, especially Friday night with the 10 K because it is the first chance the ladies have had to run it. With the atmosphere and the lights in the evening, if all the conditions are right it will be a very exciting race.'

The ladies will only compete during the evening in the 10,000 on Friday, and will be racing all day into the early evening on Saturday.

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEET: Oregon State women's track participated in one of the biggest meets in the country last Friday evening, competing in multiple heats of the 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters against runners from all over the country.

Coach Sullivan took seven ladies from the team to compete in the two meets, including Kaitlin Poggi, Lauren Denfeld, Jean-Marie Peterson, Taylor Bryant, Ashley Younce, Ashley Francis, and Neoma Palmer.

Francis finished 23rd out of 30 runners in the first heat of the 5,000, with a time of 18:33.30. Younce finished 33rd and Palmer finished 38th out of 47 runners in the second heat of the 5,000, with times of 17:29.10 and 17:37.07 respectively. Palmer's time marked her quickest in the event so far this season.

Bryant finished 37th overall out of 37 runners in the first event ofthe 1,500, with a time of 4:43.70. Denfeld finished 20th overall out of 43 runners in the second event of the 1,500, with a time of 4:39.71. Bryant and Denfeld's finishes marked their best times in the event so far this season. While Kaitlin Poggie finished 41st and Jean-Marie Peterson finished 43rd overall in the second event of the 1,500, with times of 4:49.41 and 4:56.16 respectively.

'We actually had a couple of mishaps,' OSU head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'Kaitlin got tripped in the 1,500 and actually fell off about 50 meters from the pack. She was able to get back up and finish, but Jean-Marie also got tangled up with her in it, so those two performances were a little misleading. I was dissapointed because Kaitlin was on the verge of running really well tonight'.

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. tAuburn, he coached 36 All-Americans and at Clackamas he coached24 NCAA All-Americans.

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

OREGON STATE TAKES TO THE ROAD: Oregon State will spend atleast the first season of its revived cross country and track programswithout a home course or track. The Beavers ran in one meet inCorvallis during cross country season at the Oregon State Track ClubInvitational, however they will remain on the road for all of their 2005track season.

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