Strong Day One For Track At Oregon Relays

April 24, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. - Several new personal bests and two new regional qualifying marks were posted by the Husky track and field squad at Hayward Field today on a successful day one of the Oregon Relays.

One young Dawg, freshman Joey Bywater of Lake Stevens, Wash., earned his first NCAA Regional trip by running 3:45.43 in the 1,500-meter run.

Sophomore Elisa Bryant posted her second Regional qualifier of the season, this one coming in the hammer throw, which he tossed 178-feet and 1-inch. Bryant is also qualified in the discus throw.

A number of other Huskies also enjoyed career-best outings Friday night. Freshman Allison Linnell dropped 13 seconds off her best steeplechase time, running 10:51.67, to just miss the Regional mark by less than two seconds. Linnell already ranks sixth on UW's Top-10 steeple list. In the men's steeple, David McCary dropped seven seconds from his personal best, placing sixth in 9:22.66.

Several PR's came out of the 1,500m runs. Senior Emily Collins ran 4:38.13 and freshman Kayla Evans was close behind in 4:40.77. On the men's side, junior Jake Schmitt got some work at a quicker pace than his usual longer distances, and PR'd in 3:50.75. Redshirt freshman Faisal Abdullahi also ran 3:53.92, five seconds faster than his season-best.

In the 5,000-meters, junior Brooke Anderson ran a significant best, crossing the line in 17:10.50, more than 13 seconds than her previous fastest.

Still more PR's came from sophomore Peter Follmer in the discus throw, who threw 165-7, and from freshman decathlete Jeremy Taiwo, who threw a very strong 175-3 in the javelin. UW's top javelin thrower, sophomore Kyle Nielsen, took third in a loaded field with a mark of 227-4.

The Relays will pick up again on Saturday at 12 noon.

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